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Twitter Abuzz Over Texas Women's Health

By Monica Riese, February 8, 2013, News

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

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