Friday, August 3, 2012

Texas Women's Health Issues Today Effect Tomorrow

Texas Slowly Takes Away Women's Rights

I agree with your stance that Texas is not taking women's health and reproductive rights seriously. In my first post on my blog I talked about how Rick Perry has destroyed the Women's Health Program in Texas. Federal funds cannot legally pay for abortion services, so attacking Planned Parenthood under that pretense is absurd. I do think women should have the choice to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. More importantly preventive measures are essential to avoiding those tragic decisions in the first place. The answer is not to cut spending and accessibility for women's health. 

If Texas truly wants to spend less on state funded healthcare, and avoid fighting unconstitutional wars on abortion clinics then they need to stop unplanned births. Clinics such as Planned Parenthood are necessary to keep low income women healthy, and help them plan their families more responsibly. It is irresponsible for policy makers to cut spending for state family planning programs and then force tax payers to fund Medicaid to pregnant women and their offspring when it could have been avoided for a fraction of the price. 

Women who postpone having families until later in life are more likely to have a college education, and a good paying career. When they are given those options, they can provide a better future for their families. An African proverb states “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”

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