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

Advocates for women's reproductive health care are still celebrating Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down some of the most extreme anti-abortion regulations passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 (House Bill 2). But we've been monitoring the almost unhinged and even violence-themed fury from the right over the court's clear acknowledgment that those regulations were really intended to close abortion clinics, not protect women's health. Read More

Just Texas, a project of the Texas Freedom Network, sent out the following press release today:

Clergy from diverse faith traditions across Texas are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stop interfering with the freedom of women to see providers of their choice for health screenings, family planning and other reproductive health care services.

“Women have a moral and legal right to decide for themselves which health care providers they will see,” said the Rev. Valda Jean Combs, an associate minister at Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston. “As faith leaders in our communities, we cannot be silent when politicians interfere with that freedom and risk leaving vulnerable women without access to the basic care they need and deserve.”

Combs is one of more than 50 faith leaders who have signed on to an open letter to Gov. Abbott on the issue. Today’s public release of the letter, which is available here, comes as Gov. Abbott tries to enforce a ban on Medicaid funding for health care services provided at Planned Parenthood clinics. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit challenging the funding ban. An initial hearing in the federal court case is pending.

Gov. Abbott and other… Read More

“Last I checked we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. When I was in college we had a machine in the bathroom, you put .50 cents in and voila! So yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utterly made-up nonsense issue.”

That’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a presidential campaign event in Iowa Monday night, answering a question about “making contraception available to women who want to control their own bodies.” Cruz doesn’t see why women have a problem so long as men can get cheap condoms. Seriously.

Even more stunning is that Cruz also used the question to claim that the “war on women” is a myth. So all the right-wing efforts to cut funding for women’s reproductive health and family planning services and to make abortion care almost impossible to obtain? All the efforts to prevent women from controlling their own bodies? “Made-up nonsense,” he says.

Polls show that Cruz’s support for the Republican presidential nomination is rising.… Read More

We just sent out this message on behalf of Kathy to our friends and supporters. If you’re in the Austin area next Thursday, we encourage you to join us.

They promised to hear us on women’s health. Let’s make sure they do.

Next Thursday, Feb. 20, state Sen. Jane Nelson will convene the committee she chairs, Senate Health and Human Services, to ostensibly talk about women’s health. This is the only scheduled hearing on the matter this year.

But strangely, there are a few things missing from the agenda. There’s no indication the committee intends to talk about abortion care, sex education or the disastrous consequences of legislation passed over the last two legislative sessions. Make no mistake, a serious conversation about women’s health includes all of the above.

So I ask you to do one of two things, or both, to show your support for all aspects of women’s healthcare:… 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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