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Fight Back Texas: It's time to make our legislators protect Texans health

 

fight back Texas logo.jpg Texas women are facing a health care disaster at the hands of a small and extreme group of politicians.  Any one of the restrictions passed in the last several years would be bad, but taken together, we are witnessing a catastrophe for Texas women. This level of hostility is a wake-up call for people all across Texas. Texas women need more access to health care, not less.
 
On February 20, Senator Nelson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, is convening a hearing on women's health "legislative achievements." This is a sideshow intended to distract Texans from the catastrophic impact of their policies. We need to make our voices heard and make them prioritize and protect Texans health once and for all.

The relentless attacks against Texas women have not stopped--in fact, the political attacks on women's health have only gotten worse. 

We will continue to use every tool available to us to ensure that we can care for the women who count on us in spite of every obstacle in our path. Please join us in our efforts to preserve Texas women's access to basic, preventive health care. Take action now and tell Senator Nelson and her colleagues on the Senate HHS committee to truly restore health care for Texas women!

Recipients

  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Senator Jane Gray Nelson

Message

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.



Even as more than one-quarter of Texas women are uninsured, and women in Texas have the third-highest rate of cervical cancer in the country, out-of-touch politicians are determined to make a bad situation worse for women in the state of Texas. Together, we are sending a clear message: "Extreme politicians: you have done enough damage. Please protect Texans and restore preventive health care programs."

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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