Fight Back Texas: It's time to make our legislators protect Texans health
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please protect women's health and stop the irreparable harm to Texas women. Legislators have not restored the programs that provided birth control and well woman exams to low-income women and this continues to have a devastating impact on Texas families.Thousands of women lost access to birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings and well-woman exams after the state banned Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women's Health Program (TWHP). This is on top of the estimated 155,000 women who lost access to basic, preventive health care due to the 2011 Legislature's cruel and dangerous budget cuts, dismantling a safety net that took decades to build. Women's health care needs are not being met.And the attacks against Texas women continued. Last summer a restrictive and onerous abortion law was enacted, taking away a complex, deeply personal, and constitutionally-protected decision to end a pregnancy from an estimated one out of three Texas women. Texans showed America that we value women's health and protested against this law -- More than 6,000 people rallied at the capitol, more than 34,000 letters were sent to legislators and more than 2,300 people testified against dangerous restrictions that jeopardize women's health. But some politicians did not listen.Our primary concern is for Texas women and ensuring they are able to access health care; it is not clear if the $100 million added for women's health care at the end of the legislative session will reach those women in need -- The network of providers in this program does not include providers like Planned Parenthood who traditionally serve the most family planning patients and provide the widest range of reproductive health services.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]