Texas politicians are working overtime to take health care away from low-income women. In 2011, the state Legislature shredded the health care safety net for low-income and uninsured Texas women, slashing funding for the state’s Family Planning Program by two-thirds and leaving 130,000 women without access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, and other basic, preventive care.
This year, Texas officials have weakened the safety net further by dismantling the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. If Planned Parenthood continues to be banned from the Texas Women’s Health Program, it will jeopardize health care access for tens of thousands more and cost Texas taxpayers $40 million a year.
Planned Parenthood has fought this dangerous agenda every step of the way.
And so have women’s health advocates in the legislature, champions like Representative Senfronia Thompson who will file the Restore WHP Bill that would restore health care access for tens of thousands of women and save Texas taxpayers $40 million a year.
Please speak up and let your legislators know that Texans need access to preventive health care, and that women are capable of choosing their own health care provider—one that they trust and can count on. Tell your elected officials that you support Texas women, Planned Parenthood, and all bills that restore the Medicaid Women's Health Program including HB 2819 by Rep. Thompson.
Be sure to watch our video, Planned Parenthood:Through the Eyes of Texas Women to hear from patients across Texas who trust and rely on Planned Parenthood to stay healthy.