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:
Supreme Court Reopens Abortion Providers in Texas — For Now
October 17, 2014
New Map: 80% of Abortion Providers in Texas Close Overnight
October 10, 2014
Guest Post: The Hyde Amendment 38 Years Ago Today—An Anniversary I’d Like to Forget 2
September 30, 2014
OUR SPACE, OUR PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Reflections on Proudly Owning Our Reproductive Health as Black Women
September 25, 2014
ShowOUT to Vote: Why I’m Helping My Fellow Classmates Register to Vote
September 24, 2014