Apparently, not only is "Planned Parenthood" synonymous with "abortion"; so is "women's health."
When courts ruled last summer that the state could exclude Planned Parenthood from the federally funded Women's Health Program – providing the linchpin for the state's argument against the clinics that served over half of the 100,000 women who sought WHP services – they claimed that "Texas's authority to promote [family-planning speech and not abortion speech] would be meaningless if it were forced to enlist organizations as health care providers ... that were also abortion advocates" (see "When You Say 'Planned Parenthood' You Say 'Abortion,' Court Rules," Aug. 22, 2012).
And this past Tuesday afternoon, when Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (@leticiavdp) and Rep. Donna Howard (@DonnaHowardTX) took part in a conversation about women's health in Texas on Twitter, the story was very much the same.
We collected snippets of the conversation – which was dominated by pro-life interjections and attacks on Planned Parenthood but which also contained helpful statistics and glimmers of hope from the legislators – and have curated a few here.
Check out more excerpts from the chat in our Storify, posted online with this article at austinchronicle.com/newsdesk.
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