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Texas, Texas, She’s a Good Ol’Girl/Man I Think I’ll Love Her Til I Leave

[ 26 ] March 8, 2012 |

The Republican War on Women reaches Texas on International Women’s Day. The Texas state legislature reduced its already meager funding of women’s health by 2/3 last October, leading to the closing of clinics serving poor women around the state. Like much in Texas, the war on the poor is also something of a race war, with the rapidly growing Latino population joining the sizable African-American population in needing these services, while wealthy whites vote to cut them. But that wasn’t enough for the good people of Texas:

The cuts, which left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options, grew out of the effort to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood. Although the cuts also forced clinics that were not affiliated with the agency to close — and none of them, even the ones run by Planned Parenthood, performed abortions — supporters of the cutbacks said they were motivated by the fight against abortion.

Now, the same sentiment is likely to lead to a shutdown next week of another significant source of reproductive health care: the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which serves 130,000 women with grants to many clinics, including those run by Planned Parenthood. Gov. Rick Perry and Republican lawmakers have said they would forgo the $35 million in federal money that finances the women’s health program in order to keep Planned Parenthood from getting any of it.

Katherine Haenschen of the always great Burnt Orange Report has more on the state of women’s health in Texas:

Today, on International Women’s Day, there’s no reason for women to be celebrating here in Texas — our rights and our basic access to healthcare is under attack.

25% of Texas women are uninsured, the highest rate of uninsured women in the country.

Texas has the 3rd highest rate of cervical cancer in the country — an easily diagnosed and treated disease if women have access to care.

In 2011, Rick Perry signed a budget that slashed funding for women’s health by 66%, resulting in 180,000 women losing access to preventative care.

By banning Planned Parenthood from receiving funds through Medicare’s Women’s Health Program, Perry will cause another 130,000 women to lose access to basic care.

This program Republicans are eliminating saves the state $42 million a year by preventing unwanted pregnancies.

It sure is a great time to be a woman in Texas! Yee haw!

Yee haw indeed.

Bonus points for anyone who knows the awesome Texas songwriter who wrote the lyric making up the title of this post.

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  1. Tosh says:

    Lyle Lovett.

  2. c u n d gulag says:

    Slightly OT, but only if “OT” means ‘Outsida Texas:’

    LOL!
    Ohio State Senator Nina Turner has introduced legislation to protect men, “the greatest gender.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/ohio-state-senator-nina-turner-introduces-l

    I don’t think it’s quite as good as my idea of what to do if a man wants to take some V*agra, or some other ‘quicker-pecker-upper’ – which is to stick a catheter-camera up his johnson until it shows him his ball-sack, with all of those potential babies swimming around in them, and asking if he’s prepared to pay for them to be raised and educated if they “get lucky” like he’s hoping to – but it’s pretty damn good!

  3. c u n d gulag says:

    Women:
    ‘The eyes of Texas are upon you’ – and your icky lady parts!

  4. joe from Lowell says:

    Thelma was right.

    Go around.

  5. Warren Terra says:

    Gov. Rick Perry and Republican lawmakers have said they would forgo the $35 million in federal money that finances the women’s health program in order to keep Planned Parenthood from getting any of it.

    These people are sick. Also, probably not personally acquainted with any distressed women.

    • ema says:

      I see your Texas lawmakers and raise you the Kansas and Arizona ones.

      I can hardly wait for this legislation to pass and, hopefully, become the law of the land. Lying to pregnant patients that they’re not, in fact, pregnant at the first visit and then asking them to come back in 9 mo for a follow-up visit would free up a lot of time.

      Also, lawyers will no longer be able to sue for malpractice. Win, win!

  6. Horoable...Bob says:

    Goddam!!

    What a terrible place!

    I guess that explains why no one wants to move there.

    Oh, wait…..

    • rbcoover says:

      The population of Lagos, Nigeria is also growing. It therefore stands to reason that any criticism of Lagos, or any suggestion that anything about it could be less than optimal, is also ridiculous!

      • Horoable...Bob says:

        It therefore stands to reason…

        You’ve GOT to be the stupidest commenter on this board. Exponential dumbass.

    • Horoable...Bob says:

      Why Businesses are Leaving CaliforniaJoseph Vranich, a business relocation expert, explains the exodus in the video report.

      Vranich has a “Top Ten” list of why businesses move out of the state. They are:

      10. Unprecedented energy costs
      9. Severe tax treatment
      8. Worst regulatory burden
      7. Unfriendly legal environment for business
      6. Most expensive business locations
      5. Provable savings elsewhere
      4. Unfriendly business climate
      3. Uncontrollable public spending
      2. More adversarial toward business than other states
      1. Poor rankings in surveys across the board

      Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/money/why-businesses-move-out-of-california-20111109#ixzz1octFhAqT

      • Horoable...Bob says:

        BTW, most all of these points are exactly what liberals want. The liberal agenda is what’s driving businesses out…and business is the golden goose that produces jobs and wealth.

      • Malaclypse says:

        I will be sure to give that all the credence that Fox News deserves. Thanks for your input.

        • Horoable...Bob says:

          And you are the person that rejects the objectively trusted news source by all metrics becuase they don’t tell you what you want to hear.

          How sad….how terribly sad for you. You will only hear those who echo your own wants and desires.

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