In February the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that substantially fewer Texas women are obtaining long-acting methods of birth control after the state cut Planned Parenthood from the women’s health care program. Moreover, the study found an increase in some Medicaid-funded births after the cuts. Embarrassed by the disastrous consequences of the cuts they supported, a few state leaders, led by Sen. Jane Nelson of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, immediately went on the attack.
Sen. Nelson initially attempted to dispute the facts and methodology of the study, despite its publication in one of the world’s most respected, peer-reviewed medical journals. But then she went a step further, attacking the participation of two state researchers in the report. Ultimately, under threat of disciplinary action, the director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission retired.
Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbot and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, both of whom have supported the original cuts to Planned Parenthood, have refused to intervene or respond in any way. It appears they, too, would prefer to ignore the clear facts that show their political decisions are harming women’s health.
Do our Texas politicians really think they can hide their war on women by smearing the reputation of a respected state researcher? Speak up today.