“One of the ironies of Texas’s anti–Planned Parenthood campaign is that while opposition to abortion sparked it, it leaves abortion clinics unscathed. There are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas that offer abortion and 51 that provide other sexual-health services. To avoid any commingling of funds, they are run as entirely separate corporations. Because the abortion clinics receive no public money, they’ve been unaffected by the state’s funding cutbacks. Women’s access to other services, though, has been seriously impaired. In Waco, Planned Parenthood’s reproductive-health clinic has gone from three full-time nurse practitioners to one, with another working a third of the time. This year, the clinic is only able to see half the patients it saw last year.”
WOW. I knew that TX had decided to forgo the federal Medicaid money so they could prevent Planned Parenthood from getting money because the state didn’t like abortion. And I knew they were willing to let 130,000 low-income people go without healthcare. But I did NOT know that doing so would have no effect on the abortion clinics at all. I don’t think what they’re doing is right on any level whatsoever; hell, I think the Hyde Amendment should be repealed immediately. But how are they going to justify this even to the most conservative person? If they’re not even keeping money away from abortion providers (the supposed reason for this political play in the first place), then how do they justify leaving their most vulnerable citizens with no healthcare? What the fuck are they thinking? What could this possibly accomplish? And what about the low-income people depending on these clinics for care during their pregnancies? Working class people already have more health risks even before pregnancy. This will surely contribute to increasing “maternal” morbidity, “maternal” mortality, and infant sickness and death. JFC, Texas. You’re just so pro-life it hurts.
You mistake pro-life with ambivalence. Most people I know in this state, don’t know about this, the others… well… *whispers* “We’re not political.” I still can’t believe someone said that to me. Head nearly exploded but I held it together.
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