This article ["Millions for Propaganda ... Nothing for Women's Health
," News, April 17] was fantastic and long overdue. I'm a pro-choice activist new to Texas. I've been absolutely shocked at how women are treated in this state. A pregnant girl or woman will walk, unknowingly, into one of these CPCs and be in immediate danger. They are not staffed with any qualified medical personnel. These people can't even take her blood pressure. Yet they will sit and dispense erroneous information, paid for by taxpayers. I have heard them tell women abortion causes breast cancer, infertility, and birth defects in subsequent pregnancies. That abortion is a sin against God and they will burn in hell. They are given only Christian-based literature, which also contains lies. All paid for by raping our low-income housing funds.
Isn't it bad enough we are already leading the country in repeat, teenage births? Or that women are buying bootleg abortifacients on the street, at our colleges, and even at flea markets? And I defy anyone to tell me these women aren't ending up in our emergency rooms, because we know they are. All of this abortion nonsense has only resulted in punishing low-income women who can't get to any of our clinics or go out of state. New York has seen a spike in abortion tourism from Texas. This state hasn't curbed abortion, only made it harder to obtain and far more dangerous. And Texas taxpayers are footing the bill for emergency room visits and dangerous CPCs.
I do not feel Texas taxpayers should be paying for religious organizations to force their beliefs on women. At the very least, these non-medical personnel should be made to refer women who ask to safe, available abortion resources. Just in Austin, we have Planned Parenthood clinics and funding assistance from the Bridge Collective and the Lilith Fund. Isn't it preferable to provide this information rather than have a woman obtain illegal, bootleg abortifacients? Or, even worse, search out an illegal surgical abortion? And why are we paying these centers to tell women lies? To preach religion to them? Is that truly where taxpayer funding should be going? These centers are not doctors and they're not churches. So why are we paying them to pretend they are?