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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Texas Removes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid Funding

Press Release
Washington
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

Washington, D.C. — This week, Texas Health and Human Services took final action to bar Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid funding, a move that would have devastating consequences for nearly 11,000 medicaid patients in Texas who rely on preventative care at Planned Parenthood. Blocking patients from quality, affordable healthcare further marginalizes those who already face many systemic barriers to essential and lifesaving care. There are over 2.5 million Latinas of reproductive age in Texas, and countless rely on Planned Parenthood and other providers for services including birth control, cancer screenings, and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement:

“Governor Abbott and the state of Texas’ extreme anti-choice politics are placing Latinxs, people of color, LGBTQ people and communities with low incomes in imminent danger by denying them access to Planned Parenthood’s preventive and reproductive healthcare services. Access to basic healthcare should never be uncertain, but in Texas it is a right that remains out of reach for too many. We will keep working and fighting until all people--regardless of where they live, how much they make or their immigration status--have access to affordable, quality healthcare. It is time to put a stop on politicians playing politics with women’s lives and healthcare access.”

For more information on how to join NLIRH’s fight for salud, dignidad y justicia visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NLIRH.

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.

Politicians move to make vital healthcare access for Texas Latinxs nearly impossible