Texas Lawmakers Want To Remove Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program

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If you’re a woman and you use Planned Parenthood in Texas for health care, you might have to go somewhere else for cancer screenings if Texas lawmakers have their way. To conservative Republican lawmakers, Planned Parenthood is an evil empire determined to provide abortions to anyone they can, despite the fact that abortion services are a very, very small portion of what the organization actually does.

From The Texas Tribune:

Planned Parenthood would be ousted from the state’s program to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women under the budget compromise approved by a House-Senate conference committee Wednesday.

A tiered funding system that the Texas Senate sought for the joint federal-state Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program — which provides cancer screenings for poor, uninsured women — was meant to effectively eliminate Planned Parenthood’s role in the program. (Source)

Republican lawmakers in Texas and across the country are so wound up about abortion and so intent on demonizing Planned Parenthood to their constituents, they’re willing to cut off cancer screenings to the people who can’t afford them otherwise, purely for political points.

Due to the fact that Texas has an overwhelmingly large Republican majority in their legislature and a Republican as governor, this proposed budget will likely pass and make it harder for poor and uninsured women to get lifesaving medical tests. This is also a Republican-run state that has refused to accept Medicaid expansion which would extend health care coverage to nearly a million poor people in Texas.

This isn’t something new for them either. The constant narrative that Planned Parenthood is an abortion empire is something that conservative lawmakers and activists have been pushing for decades – and it isn’t the first time this has been done in Texas.

The Republican-led Legislature slashed the state’s budget for family planning by two-thirds in 2011 in an effort to prevent health providers even loosely affiliated with abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving state tax dollars.

Ousting Planned Parenthood from the joint state-federal Medicaid Women’s Health Program cost the state a $9-to-$1 match from the federal government, forcing state health officials to restart the program as the state-financed Texas Women’s Health Program to keep Planned Parenthood from participating. (Source)

Since I have family members who are anti-abortion activists and I was raised in a very religious and conservative household, I understand the conservative opposition to abortion, but denying women access to cancer screenings and other preventative care which are in no way related to abortion services is beyond absurd.

The overwhelming majority of services that Planned Parenthood provides are preventative, and abortions are only a miniscule 3% – but even if Planned Parenthood performed zero abortions, conservatives would still be out to shut them down. Why? Because Planned Parenthood provides screenings and treatments for STDs, as well as contraceptives which prevent pregnancies from happening in the first place. In the mindset of many religious conservatives, contraception is “going against God’s plan” and STDs are a punishment for not keeping your legs closed, if you’re a woman.

Of course, too many people will skim over this article (or just read the headline) and respond with “let Texas secede” or a variety of other remarks about how conservatives are evil, stupid, etc. We can keep being outraged, and we can keep talking about this all we want, but at the end of the day, the only way to stop the attacks on women’s health care is get out the vote and educate people. We have the numbers and the power to turn back the conservative tide; it’s a pity that too many people can’t be bothered to do something as simple as voting.


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  • tracey marie

    You are correct, we need to vote, the control in Texas is because the left and center did not vote, and the rest of the states suffered the same fate. There hypocrisy is astounding, mittens was their guy who profited off abortion, millions yearly when he bought stericycle.

    • I-RIGHT-I

      Liar or just plain stupid?
      Stericycle is a compliance company that specializes in collecting and disposing regulated substances, such as medical waste and sharps, pharmaceuticals, hazardous …

      • tracey marie

        abortion remains are medical waste, stop lying teabagger

      • I-RIGHT-I

        He got some of yours didn’t he Sugar?


    Abortion is the number one money maker for the genocidal Planned Parenthood. Last number I saw on them was over a billion a year. I’d bet it was taxpayer money used to keep the Black population in check just as it was designed to be at the very beginning.

    • tracey marie

      3% , stop lying

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Billion dollar empire all thanks to Margret Sanger the KKK loving originator of this murderous Liberal cult. The 3% figure is a lie and the truth is closer to 50% mostly paid by tax dollars because after all if you’re going to pay the Viagra bill for the Black underclass you’re going to have to kill a lot of Black babies. Now that’s Progressive and I know you agree tracey-marie!

      • tracey marie

        3%, stop lying

      • I-RIGHT-I

        You hate Blacks don’t you tracey-marie? You hate Black babies because they threaten you and disgust you. That is Progressive through and through. Shame, shame, shame….shame on you!
        (CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood’s net revenue increased 5% to total of $1.21 billion in its organizational fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013, according to its new Annual Report 2012-2013, and about 45% of that revenue–$540.6 million–was provided by taxpayer-funded government health services grants.

        In the same report, Planned Parenthood said that in the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2012 it did 327,166 abortions.

  • amersham46

    Texas ,,bravely going where most everybody else was in 1961

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