“And no matter what you do for the next 22
days, women and their allies are coming for you.”
You can connect with this young woman on twitter at @VictorianPrude.
Photo credit: This is a photo by Light Brigading of flickr and appears here under a creative commons license.
Yesterday a “Stand with Texas Women” tour was kicked off in Austin. Over the next week, a group of women which includes Senator Wendy Davis will travel the state advocating for medical and community leaders to protect women’s health.
The following information comes from the bus tour’s facebook event:
– Texas has the nation’s highest rate of those without health insurance for fifth straight year according to Gallup, and ranks near the bottom in terms of women receiving prenatal care.
– Policies put in place by Governor Rick Perry and the state legislature have already forced more than 55 women’s health centers to shut their doors; these health centers provided lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing, and basic preventive health care.
– As a direct result of Perry’s actions, more than 130,000 women a year in Texas are no longer able to get medical care, because their visit to a women’s health center was the only health care they received.
– If the legislation currently being considered during the special session of the State Legislature passes, dozens more health centers will shut their doors.
– The Texas Hospital Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Texas District of ACOG, and individual doctors across the state strongly oppose this bill.
Keep up on the Texas situation by tracking the #StandWithTexasWomen hashtag.