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Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Texas Women's Health


The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee held its first interim hearing on Thursday looking into improving access to women's health.

The chair of the committee identified four areas of focus including education and navigation, coordination, statewide coverage and family planning.

She stressed the 83rd Legislature provided more than $200 million in funding for women's health services saying women's health in Texas is now funded at record levels.

But the meeting looked like déjà vu from this past summer during the abortion debate.

Filling the gallery were dozens of advocates saying Texas women are facing a health care disaster at the hands of a small and extreme group of politicians.

"Many women in the new Texas health program are faced with the choice of trying to find a new provider or trying to do without basic preventive care," said one advocate.

At a rally that took place just feet from the meeting advocates centered on legislative decisions they believe cut access to care for women, leaving them with very few options.

They feel women's access to health care has already been dramatically reduced statewide as a result of budget cuts and the exclusion of Planned Parenthood health centers from women's health programs.

The committee will continue to look over the issue of women’s health throughout the year.

Their reports are due before the start of the next legislative session.

By Adam Racusin

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Texas Women's Health

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