State lawmakers promised low-income Texans wouldn't be hurt when they cut Planned Parenthood out of funding for reproductive health care services. They lied. Today we're joining with Campaign for Accountability in calling on Texas lawmakers to investigate why the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) renewed contracts worth millions of taxpayer dollars for the next two years with an anti-abortion nonprofit, the Heidi Group, that failed to deliver promised services under the original contracts last year. Check out our press release. Read More

Common tactics within the anti-abortion movement include plenty of fear mongering and promoting of bunk science. If you can even call it science.

Take, for example, Carol Everett of the anti-abortion organization The Heidi Group. Everett was on Fox 7 Austin this week defending a move by Texas officials, with the support of Gov. Greg Abbott, to require abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The proposed rule is yet another unnecessary regulation promoted by politicians who want to shame women who seek an abortion and make the procedure more burdensome and expensive for providers.

Now Everett is absurdly suggesting that Texans risk contracting HIV or another sexually transmitted infection from their drinking water if the rule isn’t implemented:

It’s a theme. Here’s Everett, a couple of years ago, discussing other unnecessary regulations targeted at abortion care providers. She says that without the rules, it could be EBOLA! for everyone.

There will be a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 4, on the proposed fetal remains burial and cremation rule. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented Whole Woman’s Health in its successful challenge of the Texas anti-abortion law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier… Read More

The religious right's crusade to restrict women's access to birth control and reproductive health care services is increasingly fueled by falsehoods and distortions. A press release yesterday from The Heidi Group, a Round Rock-based anti-abortion organization, is a classic demonstration of the problem. The press release actually praises a measure passed by the Texas Legislature last year that could end the Medicaid-funded Women's Health Program. That program provides services like breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control and STD prevention for 130,000 low-income and uninsured women across the state. Nearly half of those women get such services through Planned Parenthood clinics. But the new law bars providing any Medicaid money to doctors or clinics that are affiliated with organizations that provide abortions -- a ban targeting Planned Parenthood even though that organization's clinics offering services through the Women's Health Program are legally and financially separate from facilities that offer abortion services. Read More

Dr. Willie Parker

When Mississippi politicians are as interested in lowering infant mortality and maternal mortality, both disparately high for women of color in that state, I’ll believe that they are truly “pro-life”. Until then, spare me.…

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