Democracy Now: Texas Vows to End Heath Program if Planned Parenthood Allowed to Participate


Texas is threatening to shut down a state health program for low-income women if the group Planned Parenthood continues to be involved. The Texas program offers cancer and health screenings as well as birth control services to some 130,000 low-income women, about 40 percent of whom are served through Planned Parenthood. But Texas has sought to ban Planned Parenthood from participating because they also provide abortions. A federal appeals court is currently reviewing Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the ban. On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek said: “If they prevail in that case, and the courts say, ‘You have to include Planned Parenthood,’ then, yes, (the program) goes away.” A recent George Washington University study has warned Texas will be unlikely to provide adequate care to the patients currently served by Planned Parenthood should the ban be upheld.

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~ by wheresthemic on October 19, 2012.

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