Tuesday night hundreds of Texans rallied together to make it clear that they are disappointed with Texas politics for interfering in the health care decisions of women.
Planned Parenthood supporters including Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) met the “Don’t Mess With Texas Women” bus and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at the Texas State Capitol.
More than one-quarter of Texas women are uninsured, and Texas women have one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the United States.
The group came out to support the Medicaid Women’s Health program, which provides reproductive health care for more than 130,000 poor women. The program, which is mostly paid for by the federal government, receives $9 for every $1 given by the state. Federal law does not allow Texas to bar Planned Parenthood or any other qualified provider from the program, the state is poised to discontinue it and refuse $35 million from Washington D.C.
More than one-quarter of Texas women are uninsured, and Texas women have one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the United States. Cutting the funds would remove health care for women that seek screenings for breast and cervical cancer, birth control, screenings for diabetes and hypertension, well-woman exams and more.
Currently, more than 40 percent of women enrolled in the Medicaid Women’t Health Program are cared for by Planned Parenthood health care centers across the state.