There will be a March 12 rally at Planned Parenthood in Houston to protest the drastic and unwarranted cuts for the health care needs of so many Texans.
And don’t forget the Texas forced sonogram law which many see—correctly in my view—as a form of state-mandated rape.
Below are details of the March 12 event. What I have posted is a Planned Parenthood press release that I received.
The only regretful aspect of this press release is the failure of Planned Parenthood to include any men as speakers, and, by doing so, to ignore the obvious fact that this is a matter for all Texans and not just women.
All people are connected. Health and human rights are universal concerns.
Here is the press release—-
TEXAS WOMEN TO GOVERNOR RICK PERRY:
“DON’T MESS WITH US”
Community Leaders Speak out at the Latest Stop on the
Women’s Health Express
Houston, Texas — In support of Texas women and in response to the disastrous women’s health policies of the Perry Administration, Texas women, health providers, elected officials and other women’s health supporters and community partners speak out tell Governor Rick Perry: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS WOMEN.
On March 12, 2012, the Women’s Health Express will be rolling into Houston to meet supporters who will rally against the State’s continued attacks on women’s health care programs. From all across the country, women have been mobilizing to fight back against politicians who try to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. Now, Governor Perry is about to see what happens when you mess with Texas women.
WHAT: “Don’t Mess With Texas Women” Rally
WHEN: March 12, 2012 at 11:30 am/Official program to begin at 11:45 am
WHERE: The Women’s Health Express Bus at PPGC: 4600 Gulf Fwy Houston, TX
SPEAKERS: State Representative Carol Alvarado
State Representative Jessica Farrar
Dr. Michelle Curtis, OBGYN
A patient who receives health care through the Women’s Health Program
Melaney Linton, CEO, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc.
More than one-quarter of Texas women are uninsured, and women in Texas have the third-highest rate of cervical cancer in the U.S., yet Texas Governor Rick Perry is effectively sabotaging the entire Medicaid Women’s Health Program, risking the health and lives of thousands of women who rely on the program for lifesaving screenings for breast and cervical cancer, birth control, screenings for diabetes and hypertension, well woman exams and more.
Perhaps even more shocking, this is just the latest move Texas officials have made to deny health care to women.
In the last few months, budget cuts passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Perry cut the state’s family planning program by more than two-thirds — which will take health care from 160,000 women per year. These cuts also affect services including Pap tests, clinical breast exams, and birth control. The well woman exam a woman receives through WHP is often her only opportunity to receive health care.
For more than 75 years, Planned Parenthood has been Texas’ most trusted source of nonprofit reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood’s 65 health centers in Texas provide health care to nearly 260,000 Texans each year including 104,604 cervical cancer screenings; 122,928 breast cancer screenings; and 440,931 tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections.