Half of Texas's Low-Income Women Have to Find New Doctors Because Rick Perry Hates Planned Parenthood

On January 1st, Texas launched its revamped Women's Health Program. By revamped, we mean that the state-run system that is supposed to service Texas's 100,000 low-income women no longer includes satanic abortionplex Planned Parenthood, meaning that nearly half of those women will have to find a new doctor this year —… »1/07/13 2:00pm1/07/13 2:00pm

Court Will Soon Decide Whether Texas Can Still Get Federal Cash If It Cuts Planned Parenthood Out of Its Women's Health Plan

A Waco, Texas federal district court will hear Texas explain tomorrow why the state deserves a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — aka, why the state deserves tons of $$$ for its women's health program even though it wants to cut out Planned Parenthood, the organization… »12/20/12 6:00pm12/20/12 6:00pm

Rick Perry Vows to Spend Literally Every Single Day of Texas's Legislative Session Talking Shit on Abortion

Brush off those anti-abortion bingo cards you set aside after last month's election, because Texas Governor Rick Perry just spewed out an alarming yet depressingly predictable bevy of buzzwords during a press conference organized by Texas Right to Life at a crisis pregnancy center today. (In Perry's dream Texas, CPCs… »12/11/12 6:50pm12/11/12 6:50pm

Planned Parenthood Buys Some Time In Texas Women's Health Plan

When it comes to Planned Parenthood funding in Arizona and Texas, stalling looks to be the name of the game: notably, both states are seeing the women's health provider taking their respective state policymakers and governors to court in order to buy some time before they're excluded from state-funded health plans and… »10/27/12 1:00pm10/27/12 1:00pm

Texas is Replacing Legitimate Women's Health Clinics with Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Texas's Women's Health Program used to serve nearly 111,000 women in dire need of affordable medical care — until Governor Rick Perry barred all clinics that provide, refer, or even promote abortion from inclusion. His decision prompted the federal government to cut 90% of the WHP's funding, leaving the state… »10/02/12 5:30pm10/02/12 5:30pm

New 'Pro Life' Laws Force Women to Go to Mexico for Health Care

In their continuing efforts to fix the economy, over the last year and a half or so, cage-rattling, game-changing conservative lawmakers have passed a record number of bills regulating banks and out of control financial institutions women's access to medical care. And since it's illegal to personally break into… »8/17/12 11:40am8/17/12 11:40am

New and Improved Texas Program Penalizes Doctors Who Acknowledge Abortion Exists

In Rick Perry's Texas, the first rule of women's health is that we don't talk about women's health. The second rule of women's health is UGH FINE, we can talk about women's health, but only if we don't mention that abortion exists. At least, that's according to government documents that outline how the state will dole… »7/12/12 11:30am7/12/12 11:30am

Finally, Some Good News About Planned Parenthood and Texas

Captain Justice, a superhero I just made up, has prevailed for now in the battle for women's health in Texas. Today, a judge ruled that a state law explicitly excluding Planned Parenthood from receiving funds from the Women's Health Program is unconstitutional, as it violates Planned Parenthood's free speech rights.… »4/30/12 4:20pm4/30/12 4:20pm

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Unfair Exclusion from Texas Women's Health Program

After Texas governor Rick Perry opted to scrap the state's entire women's health program rather than provide any funding to Planned Parenthood, the health care provider is suing, claiming that the state's practices are discriminatory violations of the organization's right to free speech. Although thousands of bumper… »4/12/12 12:40pm4/12/12 12:40pm