Will Low-Income Women in Texas Find Care Without Planned Parenthood? An Analysis of the System Says the Answer is No
While the State of Texas battles in court for what it says is its right to exclude Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP) there, the Texas Health and Human Services commission is sending mixed messages to the more than 50,000 women who currently rely on Planned Parenthood for their care through the WHP.
Instead of waiting for the courts to decide whether Planned Parenthood, considered by the state of Texas to be an “abortion affiliate,” can participate in WHP, the state’s HHSC last week sent out a mailer to 100,000 low-income women enrolled in the program advising them that Planned Parenthood could no longer provide WHP services — despite the fact that it has not yet been excluded.
The mailer directed women to the new Texas Women’s Health Program website, which initially excluded Planned Parenthood from its provider listings, which have since been amended to include Planned Parenthood clinics. The site is meant to help WHP enrollees find doctors who will provide reproductive and contraceptive care, and at first glance appears to shore up Governor Rick Perry’s claims that the WHP would do just fine without Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that it provides services to half of the WHP’s members.
Governor Perry’s office and anti-choice lawmakers in the state have rallied behind the claim that “There are more than 2,500 qualified providers in the WHP that operate more than 4,600 locations across the state,” downplaying the significant role Planned Parenthood plays in bringing WHP access to low-income women. What Perry’s office doesn’t mention is that most of those providers are small clinics and individual doctors that aren’t currently equipped to take on the tens of thousands of women who will have to leave Planned Parenthood should the courts rule in favor of the State of Texas.
RH Reality Check set out to test the WHP’s non-Planned Parenthood provider listings over the past week and found that while initial searches of TexasWomensHealth.org turn up what appear to be hundreds of available providers, many of them don’t provide any kind of contraceptive care, don’t take Medicaid Women’s Health Program clients, or are simply misleading duplicate listings.
Welcome Home Papa! // Artec Flash-forward
Carter sat Indian style on the floor across from the two bundles of chub and perfect. It was a lazy day, but an important one. For the first time since the twos had been born, Alec actually left for work, rather than doing it at home, which meant Carter would be watching the twins on his own. It was a bit nerve racking, though Carter was confident with himself. After all, he survived the first seven months, how bad could it be after that. He spent the day doing the same thing he would if Alec was around. Fed, and changed, and spent time with two of the most important people in his life. It was hard, especially when they both decided to start crying at the same time, but Carter refused to be pushed down that easily. He wasn’t a new dad anymore, he could handle this shit! The day was winding down however and Carter expected his favorite blonde home any minute. So instead of keeping them in their room, Carter decided to set the twins up in their boppies, surround them with toys, and just play with them as they waited for Daddy number two to come home.
October has been a bit quieter compared to previous months but still kept myself busy with a number of jobs!
On the gig front I engineered at the Warehouse Project for Nero, 2020 soundsystem, James Zabiela, Calvin Harris, The Japanese Popstars, Naughty by Nature and David Rodigan. I also engineered Diwali on the Square 2011 which was on Trafalgar Square in London.
During October I recorded Barnyard Masturbator and these tracks are close to release, so you should be able to stick them in your lugholes soon!
During November I am going to be recording Jackie O, Sense of Urgency and also I have the rearranged session for Ooh Baby Yeah! as well as engineering at the Warehouse Project for James Blake and Mount Kimbie.
Been listening to:
RVIVR - LP
Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
Leatherface - Mush
The Wire Season 1
crisscolfer fic: Wild Honey Pie
Rating: R (for mild swearing and dorky sexytimes)
Word Count: 4,093
Summary: It wasn’t like they ever made it official. Yes, they lived together, they had sex, they ate pizza on the sofa while watching Doctor Who, but…
Also contains domestic!crisscolfer, Fred the kitten, purple socks and ~feels.
a sequel to You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), and it’s a part of my New York Crisscolfer verse, which I keep affectionately calling Rubber Soul Verse (because I’m a dork), but it can be totally read separately if you’re not in a mood for getting-together fic (which YKNM totally is).
Big thanks to Kat for beta-reading this <3.
James Zabiela Live @ The Warehouse Project Manchester UK 18-12-2011 (Fixed)
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