The religious right’s war on contraception and reproductive health care for women — defended and promoted by a host of elected Texas officials like Gov. Rick Perry and state Rep. Wayne Christian — is already limiting women’s access to health services. The website RH Reality Check has been examining the consequences of a new state law that bars Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid Women’s Health Program in Texas. This video looks at the dishonest claim by supporters of that law that women have access to plenty of options other than Planned Parenthood under the program.
The war on women and women’s health services has reached new heights over the past year. The Texas Legislature has limited or even ended basic health care services, including contraceptive services, for hundreds of thousands of women. The same lawmakers passed a bill forcing women who seek an abortion to undergo an invasive sonogram with a vaginal probe while their doctors lecture them from a government-mandated script. One of the leaders in those efforts openly admitted that he and his colleagues are engaged in a “war on birth control, abortion, everything — that’s what family planning is supposed to be about.” And right-wing pressure groups along with lawmakers in Washington and states across the country want an employer’s religion to dictate whether employees have access to affordable contraceptive services.
Are you tired of politicians intruding on a woman’s right to make her own decisions about contraception and other health care? Join other Texans rallying against the war on women on Saturday at the Texas Capitol in Austin.