How We Got Here: The Story of Women’s Health in Texas
Category: State Fights
Today, the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee is holding a hearing on “legislative achievements in women's healthcare.” No, you didn’t read that wrong. Out-of-touch politicians in Texas have supported and passed extreme policies that have decimated access for Texas women on everything from lifesaving cancer screenings and family planning to safe and legal abortion. And now they want to talk about “achievements”?
In the last few years, the attacks in Texas have not stopped—they’ve only gotten worse.Thousands of women are now unable to get health care at Planned Parenthood through 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. Low-income women systematically have been denied access to preventive health care including birth control, and now Planned Parenthood is in court fighting to keep abortion safe and legal in Texas.
Opponents of women’s health may talk a big game about “achievements” on women’s health in Texas, but let’s be clear: they have not restored the programs that provided birth control and well-women exams for low-income Texas women.
We decided to put together a timeline to show the recent history of women’s health care in Texas. Here are the real “achievements” in women’s health that these politicians have pushed for:
Republicans Calling Off a Vote on the 20-Week Abortion Ban Shows a Crack in the GOP’s Anti-Abortion Agenda
January 28, 2015
Our Generation, Our Health Care
January 27, 2015
Abortion Opponents Using Every Trick in the Book to Block Construction of a New Planned Parenthood Health Center in New Orleans
January 27, 2015
Gynotician of Roe v. Wade Week: Senator Lindsey Graham
January 26, 2015
Happy 42nd Anniversary, Roe: We Have a Win for You — But It’s Wrapped in Your Opponents’ Threats
January 22, 2015