That prospect is especially concerning because Texas Republicans have already taken drastic measures to reduce these types of preventative health resources for low-income women in the state. In 2011, they slashed family planning funding and forced many women’s health clinics to either contract their services or shut down altogether. Last year, they successfully defunded Planned Parenthood, a move that forced even more clinics — including dozens that weren’t even affiliated with the national women’s health organization — to close their doors. The result? Texas is now funding 176 fewer health clinics than it did in 2011, and over 50 have been forced to shut down because of it. 200,000 women have already lost access to preventative care like birth control and cancer screenings. The state’s health department has projected that there will be an additional 24,000 unintended births as a result of the cuts because so many women are struggling to access the contraceptive services they need.
And oh, they crow, we’re doing this for “women’s” health…unborn women who are actually fetuses and completely dependent on actual human women to live….those actual living humans who will now get less healthcare options and service.
This, folks, is why you don’t want to get theocrats in your democracy. It’s why we founded this country, to get away from the religious nutballs trying to enforce their myopic laws on the rest of us.
And here they are again, cheered on by the very people who claim to support “women”. Hypocrites, the lot of ’em.