Republican lawmakers might not like Planned Parenthood
or funding family-planning health services – but Texas voters do. According to a recent poll commissioned by the nearly 100-year-old nonprofit, 56% of all Texas voters support continued state funding of family-planning health care for low-income women in Texas. That means that PP is actually more popular than either the Republican Party or Democratic Party, said Cecile Richards
, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, at a Capitol press conference last week. A majority of voters polled also believe the state should continue to provide funding to Planned Parenthood to provide well-woman checkups (53%), cancer screenings (56%), sexually transmitted infection screenings and treatments (56%), and birth control (59%) for low-income women.
The poll also revealed that 57% of respondents believe that Planned Parenthood should remain a provider of services for women enrolled in the Women's Health Program, the successful Medicaid waiver program that seeks to reduce Texas' Medicaid births – which in 2009 alone cost the state $2.7 billion. Certain lawmakers, led by Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, are seeking to keep PP from participating in the program even though PP currently serves some 40% of WHP clients. For more on the continued assault on women's health care, see our LegeLand blog at austinchronicle.com/legeland.