Women’s health care has been a hot topic in Texas lately. A federal judge recently blocked a Texas ruling that would have prevented state agencies from providing funds to any organization associated with abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.
The Planned Parenthood clinics that do not perform abortions sued the state, claiming that the law would unconstitutionally restrict their freedom of speech and association. It would also deprive many women of necessary health services.
Unfortunately, as Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, pointed out, for many women, an appointment at Planned Parenthood is the only doctor’s visit they will have all year. If government assistance was prohibited, the organization would lose about $13.5 million of annual funding, which is used to provide birth control, gynecological exams, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases to low-income women.