War on women

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 03, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Texas has been inundated with anti-choice legislation. That means more than opposition to safe abortion care. All aspects of women's healthcare are under siege.

In a state with the highest percentage of uninsured women, a two-thirds cut in family planning shut out 147,000 women, predictably resulting in tens of thousands more Medicaid births over the last two years -- even as Texas blocks federal Medicaid expansion. Add to those numbers a 400 percent increase in our maternal death rate during the last 15 years, and it becomes undeniable that the health of Texas women is under threat from the policies of our own government.

Women denied contraception cannot control their own fertility. If they cannot continue a pregnancy, current proposed legislation would return them to the dangerous days of home abortion. If they do continue their pregnancies, their risk of death in parts of Texas is higher than for new mothers in Botswana.

Whether women seek family planning, professional abortion care or prenatal care and safe delivery, current policies put their health and lives at risk. Once again, "we are engaged in a great civil war." Women's bodies are the battleground. Please let our lawmakers hear your voice.

-- Bethany Herrera, Dallas

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