Last year, the Texan legislature slashed family-planning funding from $111.5 million to $37.9 million. These cuts deeply impacted Planned Parenthood clinics. Defenders of the cuts claim that women have many other options, and don’t require Planned Parenthood clinics (despite the fact that Texas has the highest rate of uninsured women in the country). RealityCheck reporter Andrea Grimes made some calls to see what other options Texan women have, and she will explain it better than I can.
No pap smears ever.
I think it’s important to remember that these are the results in a major city, so it’s likely much more difficult to find healthcare providers in rural areas.
And one commenter remarks:
I live just north of San Antonio, and I have private insurance, yet I chose to go to Planned Parenthood. Why? Because after calling 8 different women’s health offices, the earliest I could get an appointment was 2 months out, as a new patient. Planned Parenthood was able to get me in the next day.
Planned parenthood centers are closing all over Texas as a result of the funding cuts (presumably motivated by the fact that Planned Parenthoods provide abortions) despite the fact that many of the women’s health services they provide – like par smears or breast exams – should be politically uncontroversial. Or they should be, unless your political stance is “we want women dead”. We’re open to all political perspectives here, but this may be something to keep in mind when voting this November.