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HHS vs. Texas: The Spending Clause In Action

It is incredibly frustrating that the very women the federal Medicaid law is intended to protect are the ones who are hurt the most, but those sanctions are the only tool HHS has at its disposal to enforce the law.

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What Will Texas’ New State-Funded Women’s Health Program Look Like?

What will it look like to have no federal Women’s Health Program in Texas? That’s what the state department of Health and Human Services began figuring out last week when Governor Rick Perry and Texas lawmakers opted to cut Planned Parenthood out of the Women’s Health Program in the state.

 

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Governor Perry, WHP Has Been a Lifeline for My Family. Why Are You Eliminating It?

My name is Rene, and I am graduate student. I am also on the Women’s Health Program (WHP). Many of the women on the WHP are college students like myself, trying to better their lives with a higher education. We shouldn’t have to choose between paying for a cancer screening and paying our bills while we’re trying to further our education.

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Don’t LET Them Mess With the Women of Texas: It’s Time to Rise Up!!

What will it take for Texas women to use our voices and our votes to protect poor women’s health care, roll back restrictive and onerous abortion regulations, and gain back control of our bodies, our lives, and our daughters’ futures?

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Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program

Planned Parenthood's "Don't Mess With Texas Women" bus tour traveled across Texas last week.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Texas lawmakers, as many as 400,000 Texas women will have no or greatly reduced access to basic preventative and reproductive health care beginning today.

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Forced Ultrasound, “Informed Consent,” and Women’s Health in Texas: The Sad State of the State

Austin women stand with Planned Parenthood, May 2011. photo: flickr/drstrangeglove

When Virginia legislators first began considering a forced trans-vaginal ultrasound bill, progressives wondered: “What kind of world are we living in, when “informed consent” is tantamount to state-sanctioned rape?” Here’s what kind of world: the kind wherein a mandatory ultrasound law scads worse than the proposed Virginia bill has already been in place for five months. In Texas. And right now there may be no feasible legal way to stop it.

 

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All Those Alternatives to Planned Parenthood? In Texas, At Least, They Don’t Exist

Spending scarce time, money, and energy, Andrea Grimes goes on a hunt to find one of those many “alternatives” to Planned Parenthood anti-choicers claim will provide access to reproductive health care.  Problem is, in Texas they don’t exist.

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