GOP Lawmaker Warns Women Will Die If Texas Keeps Defunding Planned Parenthood

by TARA CULP-RESSLER – A Republican lawmaker in Texas is pushing back on her colleagues’ proposal to gut funding for cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics, warning that women will die if they don’t have access to the health providers they need. The Texas Senate is currently attempting to restructure the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program in a way that would prevent Planned Parenthood from participating. It represents lawmakers’ latest attempt to strip funding from the national women’s health organization, which has come under repeated attack from abortion opponents. At a legislative meeting on Tuesday, State Rep. Sarah Davis (R) spoke out against that particular aspect of the Senate’s proposed budget, pointing out that excluding Planned Parenthood from the program will limit the number of health clinics where low-income women are able to receive cancer screenings. “I don’t think it is appropriate to continue to fund the women’s health...

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