The Women’s Health Care program provided a number of services for Texas women and their families including general health services, reproductive services, and follow ups. Most of those who utilized this program were low-income individuals.
This article gets to the heart of the repercussions that have followed our dear governor, Rick Perry, cutting the Women’s Health Care Plan solely because it included Planned Parenthood and access to abortions. Texas has the lowest monthly benefit for women, infant, and children recipients (25 dollars people, seriously). In Texas we have one of the highest birthrates in the nation as well as the one of the highest percentages of women living in poverty.
As we have discussed a number of times on this blog. Texas women of color are most likely to have less education, live in poverty, have no insurance, and have poorer health status. They are also more likely to need state programs such as Women’s Health Care plan to provide them with the means to receive health care and services that affect them and their families such as pap smears, mammograms, prenatal care, postnatal care, etc. This is just one of the many ways currently that the state has been attempting to strangle the rights of women and further disenfranchise women of color.
Source: The National Memo