Was it true belief, absolute ignorance, or ruthless political opportunism that caused Texas legislators to decimate the state’s family planning safety net and, as the numbers now show, wrest reproductive autonomy out of the hands of tens of thousands of Texans?
A new report shows that Texans in the Rio Grande Valley are now unable to access the affordable reproductive health care that was available to them just a few years ago.
A Texas adoption agency owner has taken over a former Planned Parenthood clinic in one of the state’s most underserved areas in terms of reproductive health care.
The Texas Republicans who defunded Planned Parenthood and kicked the provider out of the state’s low-income women’s health program are now trying to fix their mistake with a benefit concert.
Planned Parenthood closed two West Texas clinics within a few days of each other last week, citing its inability to sustain the rural clinics in Texas’ anti-choice climate. Meanwhile, the state Planned Parenthood affiliate received a gift from the foundation of conservative former presidential candidate Ross Perot.
Without Planned Parenthood, the new Texas Women’s Health Program has seen a 23 percent reduction in claims and thousands fewer women enrolled when compared to the same time period last year. The state’s explanation? Women just don’t want to change doctors.
Texas Republicans have promised not to further decimate women’s health care in the state, and it’s being hailed as a compromise. I think it’s more like a hostage situation.
Citing new research showing that Texas’ increased restrictions on abortion are negatively affecting women, family planning clinics, and abortion providers in the state, Rep. Jessica Farrar will file a bill this week to overturn the forced 24-hour waiting period.
The federal government may be moving forward with the birth control benefit, but the real action in reproductive rights remains in the states.
Documents released to RH Reality Check show that the Texas Department of State Health Services ignored the input of hundreds of Texans asking it to reconsider or revise new abortion reporting requirements, and instead bent to the will of one anti-choice lawmaker and a handful of his colleagues.