February 24th, 2012

children of dune - leto 1

Texas Women's Health Program and Current Texas Law

Thank you to [personal profile] amireal who sent me the link to the article.

New Texas rule could end Women's Health Program

This is why, paraphrased from the article:

Last year, the Republican controlled Texas Legislature passed a law that made it illegal for the state to provide Medicaid funds to a doctor or clinic that is affiliated with an organization that provides elective abortions, even if the institution receiving the money does not provide them.

This directly contradicts federal law which makes it illegal for the state to pick and choose which qualified health care providers receive state funding.

This was signed on Thursday by HHSC Commissioner. So you know, we're screwed.

As of now, Texas will lose its funding for WHP and the WHP program will effectively cease to exist.

I'm going to tell you a not-secret; there is literally no way to win on this one. Even if the Federal government buckles, most poor women use Planned Parenthood. Sometimes, it's the only clinic available in an area. So you know, it's kind of cut off most women in Texas if the Feds okay it, or cut off all women if they don't. It will cut off most women in the country if the Federal government does buckle, because I'm pretty sure the word 'precedent' can be invoked at this point.

Y'know. Republicans screw women, must be a day ending in a y. Carry on.

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