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Governor Perry Sabotages Entire Texas Women’s Health Program

February 23, 2012  5:16 PM


Politically motivated maneuver could leave more than 130,000 Texans without health care — comes on the heels of reduction in women’s health care to 180,000 women

AUSTIN, Texas - February 23 - Today Texas Governor Rick Perry moved to effectively sabotage the entire Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which provides preventive health care, including birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings, to more than 130,000 low-income women each year.

“Governor Perry and his conservative allies have once again chosen politics over the lives of Texas women,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “He will never know the reality of the women that rely on these programs. He will never know what it's like for a woman who feels a lump in her breast, but has to worry about the cost of a doctor’s visit.”

Texas Throws Women Under the Bus — Again

New legislation leaves over 130,000 without access to wellness exams, cancer screening, contraception

The Associated Press reports that Texas Legislature passed a law last year making it illegal for the state to provide Medicaid funds to a doctor or clinic affiliated with an organization that provides elective abortions, even if the institution receiving the money does not provide them...

Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.

Rebecca Acuña, a spokeswoman for the Texas Democratic Party, said:

"Texas Republicans never miss an opportunity to throw the most vulnerable Texans under the bus so that they can pick a fight with the federal government."

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP's War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

President Barack Obama's Record on Jobs

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Daryl Smith Declares Candidacy for Precinct 2 Constable

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Katy Area Democrats Announce Endorsements

Katy Area Democrats Announce Endorsements (Contested Races)
At Katy Area Democrats March 2012 Meeting, membership voted for the following candidate endorsements:

  • Harris County Sheriff – Adrian Garcia, Incumbent (unanimous consent)
  • Harris County School Board Trustee, Position 3, At Large – Diane Trautman
  • U.S. Representative, District 7 – James Cargas
  • U.S. Representative, District 22 – KP George (unanimous consent)
  • State Board of Education, District 6 – Patty Q. Nilsson and Traci Jensen (dual unanimous consent)

Fredericka Petry files for the 400th Judicial District Court

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, Fredericka Petry filed to be the Democratic Nominee for the 400th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County. Petry says she is committed to modernizing the courts in Fort Bend and bringing a fresh, neutral face to justice.

Michael Ellison Announces His Candidacy for Fort Bend County Sheriff

Harris County Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Michael Ellison Publicly Announces His Candidacy for the Fort Bend County Sheriff

Ron Reynolds Files for Re-election Bid

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (Dec. 12, 2011) -- State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County, District 27) filed for for re-election today in House District 27. "I am running for re-election to continue my fight for adequate funding for public education, affordable healthcare and economic empowerment for small business owners," Reynolds said.

Free Obama 2012 bumper sticker

Barack Obama 2012 Bumper StickerThis week, the Obama 2012 campaign is sending free 2012 bumper stickers to anyone who wants one. All you have to do is tell them where to send it.