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There's no war on women. Maybe some casualties, but no war.
There’s no war on women. Maybe some casualties, but no war.

So this is pretty impressive: A new study finds that Texas’s effort to protect women from the horrors of Planned Parenthood by defunding health clinics has worked so well that the state’s maternal mortality rate doubled between 2010 and 2014. In fact, Texas now has the highest rate of women dying from pregnancy complications in the entire developed world. If Texas keeps it up, there’s a terrific chance the state could soon have maternal death rates surpassing third world countries as well! Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the piles of women’s corpses. No, that is very unfair of us. All those women are dying alone and at different times and places, so you actually have to do research to find out they are dying. Much more tidy that way.

Tell us more of this latest horror from the Lone Star State, please, British newspaper The Guardian:

The finding comes from a report, appearing in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, that the maternal mortality rate in the United States increased between 2000 and 2014, even while the rest of the world succeeded in reducing its rate. Excluding California, where maternal mortality declined, and Texas, where it surged, the estimated number of maternal deaths per 100,000 births rose to 23.8 in 2014 from 18.8 in 2000 – or about 27%.

But the report singled out Texas for special concern, saying the doubling of mortality rates in a two-year period was hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval”.

From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

No other state saw a comparable increase.

Oh, just six hundred women? That’s a very small price to pay for the much greater good of getting more unwanted babies borned, isn’t it? Let’s predict the likely rightwing responses to this news: 1) The science has to be wrong, because it is published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and that journal is nothing but a tool of Planned Parenthood and the liberal agenda. 2) 600 dead women is nothing compared to all the babies holocausted in abortion clinics during that period, so it’s a net win for “Life.” 3) Borrowing a tactic from gun humpers, you could compare the 600 deaths to car accidents or drownings, and thereby make them not matter so much. Besides, they are probably only poor women who don’t have the gumption to get a job and insurance, so good riddance. And Jesus smiles upon the “Pro Life” legislators of Texas.

If only someone had had the foresight to predict this unfortunate outcome of Texas’s cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, huh? Like maybe all the people who warned that cutting funds for women’s health clinics was a bad idea. Apart from them, no one could have predicted this.

[R]eproductive health advocates are blaming the increase on Republican-led budget cuts that decimated the ranks of Texas’s reproductive healthcare clinics. In 2011, just as the spike began, the Texas state legislature cut $73.6m from the state’s family planning budget of $111.5m. The two-thirds cut forced more than 80 family planning clinics to shut down across the state. The remaining clinics managed to provide services — such as low-cost or free birth control, cancer screenings and well-woman exams — to only half as many women as before.

At the same time, Texas eliminated all Planned Parenthood clinics – whether or not they provided abortion services – from the state program that provides poor women with preventive healthcare. Previously, Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas offered cancer screenings and contraception to more than 130,000 women.

In 2013, Texas restored funding for the family planning budget to original levels. But the healthcare providers who survived the initial cuts reported struggles to restore services to their original levels.

So we guess Texas will certainly learn its lesson from this increase in deaths among pregnant women who wanted to be mommies: cutting funding to women’s health clinics in order to punish Planned Parenthood for doing ‘bortions is actually going to result in women being less healthy, if you can imagine that. And with the zika virus threatening to result in horrible birth defects, we’re sure Texas has gotten its act together and is restoring funding to women’s clinics, right? Hahaha, that is a sarcastic setup for what you knew was coming:

[A]bout half the state lacks ready access to OB-GYN care, making it difficult for women to obtain contraception or for pregnant women to confirm the health of their babies. Just this month, Texas’s health department drew fire for allocating $1.6m of the $18m the state budgets for low-income women’s family planning to an anti-abortion group that does not provide basic health services.

That’s not really such a bad thing, is it? We bet those pamphlets telling women abortion is evil can still be used to swat mosquitoes.

If Molly Ivins, that Texas saint whose birthday we’ll celebrate on the 30th of this month, were here to see this, she would surely raise 600 kinds of hell over it. With Molly currently unavailable, Texas women and sane people around the nation will have to do it for her.

If, in addition to the political activism you’re no doubt going to throw yourself into, you’re of a mind to help out Planned Parenthood, here’s their secure donation link, at which you can either give to the national organization or direct money to a local Planned Parenthood affiliate — of which Texas has three.

Update: Thanks to a Twitter argument with A Idiot, I’ve looked up the full study. Here it is. As for the idiot, at least we have Dear ShitFerBrains.

[Guardian / Update: Obstetrics & Gynecology]

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  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    My daughter-in-law is in the hospital, today, ahead of a scheduled induction of labor tomorrow, so I can’t really think of anything to say about this that won’t get me banhammered, except damn all Republican legislatures and the assholes who defend them to the 9th circle of hell for all eternity, thank you very much.

  • Ms.MLG1979

    Elect enough Republicans, we can make being female a capital crime in all 50 states.

  • bubbuhh

    Being fucked by a grinning elephant is some very bad bestiality. Texas women and those who love them need to understand and remember this.

  • cousin itt

    But the report singled out Texas for
    special concern, saying the doubling of mortality rates in a two-year
    period was hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or
    severe economic upheaval”.

    Best snark since the NYC Parks Department tweet on Donald’s erection.

  • BadKitty904

    But…but…but you mean to say pandering to a minority base of lunatics might have actual, Real-Life consequences?!?1?

  • Logic of Color

    Christianity kills. What more evidence does anyone need?

    • cousin itt

      The Crusades?

      • Msgr_Moment

        The Spamish Inquisition?

    • SisterArtemis

      Dude backs you up:

    • Aquaria

      The Holocaust?

  • Shan the Libtart

    I started to look for corresponding statistics for infant mortality rates but then I realized the TX lege doesn’t give any more of a damn about dead post-born babies than they do about dead mothers.

  • anwisok
    • Msgr_Moment

      The third one down: They’re thinking about making some bats.

    • SisterArtemis

      I feel better now. And yes, the 3rd one down :)

  • Lark_in_the_AM

    Where the fuck are the women of Texas? Why are there not demonstrations in front of every Republican legislator’s house, which follow him to the office stay there while he’s there, follow him to lunch and back and then back home again, only to do it over the next day and the next until the message gets through? THEY are the majority, and it’s never going to change if they don’t start holding the people they vote for accountable for what their laws and policies create. Well, Texas women??? Is this really the fate you wish for yourselves, your sisters, your cousins, your daughters? If it isn’t, then get up off your butts and DO something. /rant

    • BrianW

      The answer to your question is, severely gerrymandered, along with the rest of the blue portions of the state.

      • Lark_in_the_AM

        This shouldn’t be a thing, no matter your political persuasion. Republican women get pregnant, too. Republican women live in this state where 50 fucking percent of them have no access to gynecological, prenatal, or obstetrical care. If they truly are “pro-life”, that sure as hell ought to make them sit up and take notice. This isn’t just a war on Democratic women. It’s a war on women, period, and the only way it will stop is if the women stand up and say, “No, you aren’t going to be allowed to get away with this anymore.” This just makes me so freaking furious. Women and infants are dying, and while it is likelier to visit the poorest first, it doesn’t excuse the gross neglect and hypocrisy by women proclaim themselves “pro-life” and who think that they and those they care about are “safe” because they have wealth and a means to travel.

        • BrianW

          I have met some Republican women, and while I agree with your assessment, they would not. THEY can go to whichever doctor they need to anytime THEY want. Therefore, it’s not a problem because it doesn’t affect them. Besides, all hose other people just want something without having to pay for it, etc. etc. Your last sentence is right on the money: They have wealth and a means to travel so they are safe. It’s the classic fallacy of, “It can’t happen to me because (fill in the blank here).”

      • Thaumaturgist

        Texas is gerrymandered by race and political party, not by sex. There is a majority of women in each district, gerrymandered or not.

        • Ikimizi

          Don’t give them any ideas. If you think the maps are bizarre now, just wait until they redraw all the women into one district, and the men into all the others.

        • BrianW

          This article is about a year old, but speaks to gerrymandering, “traditional roles” and all the other stuff that keeps women in Texas out of higher office:
          https://www.texastribune.org/2015/06/13/why-are-so-few-texas-women-congress/

    • elviouslyqueer

      They keep on trying, even fairly recently, but until the good ole boys who run things in Austin are either voted out or get carried out of the capitol building on a gurney (by nonviolent means, FFS), shit is not going to change.

      • Lark_in_the_AM

        until the good ole boys who run things in Austin are either voted out or get carried out of the capitol building on a gurney (by nonviolent means, FFS), shit is not going to change.

        Exactly. Which is why this lovely “little” statistic ought to light a fire under the fannies of women who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for ‘other people’ to fight their fight. Anyone who thinks that such a rise in maternal death rates is no big needs to hear from their constituents that such an attitude won’t be tolerated and then make it stick.

    • marxalot

      We are goddammit! But see my esteemed colleague BrainW below, and also: do the words “total media blackout” mean anything to you?
      Ed: also, thanks to very attractive business friendly culture, many progressive women and allies have neither the time nor the money to spend. Gotta get every cent of that 10$/hr, and there’s no such thing as a day off.

      • Lark_in_the_AM

        What is a “total media blackout”? Is all of the Texas media controlled by the church/state complex? Having been in Austin only once, I couldn’t help but notice that it was a pretty internet-friendly city. There are means to get out the message other than local papers and TV.

        Look – I know that the liberals have been trying to upend this particular apple cart for a good while, but now the consequences of being the only ones fighting this are ones that will affect not just poor women, women of color, or any other division other than pregnant or not pregnant, and pregnancy happens across class, race and political lines. USE THIS to drive that point home.

        • marxalot

          A few things are going on here. One is that it is difficult or impossible to get the same level of media coverage for women’s issues as against them. People in Texas know how to get involved, and many do. You don’t hear about it because media outlets know where the money is: those of us who live here, however, know where to go and look. So don’t assume that pressure isn’t getting applied just because you don’t hear about it.
          Another is that yes, Texas conservatives will kill their wives and daughters, or send them out of state for treatment, rather than back down. And it takes more than uncertain death for those women to break ranks. Hopefully, we’ll see that changing soon.

          • Lark_in_the_AM

            That level of Stockholm Syndrome is amazing and truly sad, and you have my deepest sympathy.
            Maybe between this and the coming epidemic of microcephalic babies, they’ll get a clue.

    • aureolaborealis

      They are voting FOR this shit. At least enough of them vote for it to keep it alive. There are lots of ultra-conservative, anti-choice women in red states.

      • GoutMachine

        This. My family’s women among them, unfortunately.

        • aureolaborealis

          Mine, too. And some of them aren’t even OLD!

      • Lark_in_the_AM

        But this isn’t about “choice” – it’s about removing the means to help women get through pregnancy without dying. Presumably there are plenty of so-called “pro-life” women who now no longer have access to pre-natal care and obstetricians. Why are they not up in arms about this?

        • aureolaborealis

          Well, let’s hope that the less loony among them will come to see the logic in what you are saying.

        • Aquaria

          Conservafilth women do not care about women getting through pregnancy without dying if it costs them a few pennies in taxes. Or if they’re brown. Or if they’re “uppity.” Or if they’re the wrong religion.

          You really need to accept this fact. They are the very worst of the self-loathing, anti-woman slimeballs out there.

    • SeekingBarbie

      Like the loved ones of military and POC people who have died spoke at the DNC Convention, we need to hear on the national stage from the children and parents and widowers of women who have died because of these horrible policies that make an experiment of women’s lives.

    • OddMan

      There needs to be more reporting of this in Texas newspapers and TV. I searched and saw a lot of reports from out of state but only a couple from within the state. Example, The Dallas Morning News and The Texas Tribune. Some the comments are disturbing.

      http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20160817-texas-rate-of-pregnancy-related-deaths-nearly-doubles-and-neither-researchers-nor-the-state-knows-why.ece

      https://www.texastribune.org/2016/08/19/texas-sees-unusual-spike-pregnancy-related-deaths-/

      • Aquaria

        Ha–

        Haha–

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        Texas media–caring about women’s issues.

        Yeah, that’s really going to happen in this conservafilth dump. Guess who’s promoting the most conservafilth in this state? The media!

  • Oblios_Cap

    If they kill off all the womenfolk, who’ll make their sammiches? Not thinking this out are you, Tejas?

    • Nounverb911

      Undocumented workers?

    • Nounverb911

      Also fewer Texans.

    • bubbuhh

      Jeezus provides. That’s why there are so many fast food places nowadays.

    • kareemachan

      Kinda like the knee-jerk reaction of “SECESSION!!!!1!!!”

      Leads me to believe they don’t think at ALL.

      • Aquaria

        When you’re down here long enough, you realize that’s SOP for 90% of this slack-jawed yokel dump.

  • Callyson

    [A]bout half the state lacks ready access to OB-GYN care

    Jesus. Fucking. Christ…

    • Ms.MLG1979

      It was quicker and easier when they just burned us at the stake.

    • Sardonicuss

      Well, that ever expanding demographic of potential non-republican voters isn’t going to kill itself…

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      Now, now. Almost every county in Texas has a Curandera.

  • BrianW

    Republicans: “Woo-hoo, Texas! We’re Number One! We’re Number One!”
    Rest of world (including many Texans): “Wait, what?”

    • kareemachan

      I’ve said this SO many times before, but this is really, really, REALLY horrific reading: Try googling “Texas on the brink”. It’s a tad dated now, but from what I can see from this article, things have NOT changed for the better.

      • Sardonicuss

        Just another case of..
        Republican Laboratories of Democracy: Where all the test subjects die.

        • Tishalicious

          Vault 122: Texas?

  • Relativicus

    Cheezus, you people are never satisfied. You bitch and bitch and bitch about Texas’ love of the death penalty, but when Texas finds other ways to dispose of its citizens, all you do is complain about that! Credit where credit is due, 600 women formerly living in Texas were not put to death under the state’s death penalty. Try seeing the bright side of things for once, libs.

    • keenanjay

      I didn’t expect that.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Nobody expects the Tex-Mex Inquisition!

  • Callyson

    Just this month, Texas’s health department drew fire for allocating $1.6m of the $18m the state budgets for low-income women’s family planning to an anti-abortion group that does not provide basic health services.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      That’s so when you die from childbirth complications, you can be welcomed by Jesus in the “express savior” lane.

      • Ikimizi

        But the line in the express lane will be three times as long.

    • bubbuhh

      The money will be used for outreach to Austin hookers business women, helping them plan sexy times.

  • dslindc

    I think we all know that the best solution is for the Christian Shaming Centers™ to pray harder. That will certainly fix this.

    • Nounverb911

      I read that as best solution for spraying on Christians….

    • Aquaria

      It’s time to start taxing the fuck out of the genocidal hate cult centers.

  • anwisok

    Alone. Unloved. Forgotten. Soon.

    • Ahem. I think we need you here.

      • anwisok

        Look donthread. And upthread also too, now.

  • Look, let’s not lose sight of the important things here, boner pills are cheaper and easier to get than ever before!

    • Ms.MLG1979

      And they can cause more dead pregnant women than ever before! New and improved!

      • Msgr_Moment

        Second Amendment, pew! pew! pew!

      • marxalot

        Without increasing that pesky “most common cause of death in pregnant women is murder” statistic! Win-win!

  • limberrat

    I…am…not…annnggggrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VqjfU0R32I

    • Doug Langley

      Where’s Lou Ferrigno when we really need him?

  • SadDemInTex

    …..

    • Msgr_Moment

      Apparently “GOP, at your cervix” is not quite anatomically correct.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    I guess nice time had to end sooner or later.
    Excuse me while I go throw things, break things, and then actually read the article and break them again, probably.

  • baconzgood

    I wonder if the state of Texas spends more than 111M on cattle births?

    • Nounverb911

      Just on Mondays….

  • anwisok
    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Thanks, Pink. Was about to go for my monitor next.

  • geoffalnutt

    Nothing can put the roses in your cheeks like death. Just ask Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Robertson or Ann Coulter! Be a Republican. Embrace your inner corpse!

  • DerrickWildcat

    Rule of thumb: If the word, “Texas” appears in the headline of an article, you know something fucked up just happened.

  • Jay Vaughn

    Carly Feo-fucking-ass-fucking-piece-of-shit-fucking-mother-fucker-fucker-rino that is blood on your fucking shitty worthless fucking head. Fuck you, you pile of Satan’s shit.

    • deanbooth

      I’d like to subscribe to your anti-Carly newsletter. She is the worst.

    • shaar dula

      go on don’t hold back please. don’t please do that.

  • marxalot

    And of those three, two are in Austin.
    Just remember, y’all: it takes 24 hours to drive across Texas, regardless of where you start.

  • Come on, ladies, it’s your own fault, you know. If you didn’t want to die from complications from childbirth, you should have been born with a penis.

  • TeeRaak

    Step aside, Mexico…
    http://i.imgur.com/7a4wwsz.gif

  • Panika MCD

    I have a whole lot of clarifying information on this particular topic that I will share when I’m done listening to how we’re going to decrease the number of deaths related to dental anesthesia in Texas and the possibility of finally changing the name of the “Railroad Commission” to the much more accurate “Energy Commission”. will post it here, but let you guys know when I post it on whatever post is newest later.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Energy Commission? More like “Petroleum Industry Development Board.” The last commissioner actually said that her job was to “promote” the oil industry.

      • Panika MCD

        there are multiple commissioners. that’s part of the confusion to the voters. but they also control natural gas exploration and the use of wind energy. hydroelectric is done by the river authorities.

      • Panika MCD

        and then there’s ERCOT.

      • Panika MCD

        your best friend is up: http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&event_id=2216

        and they’re recommending Texas Energy Resources Commission (probably to avoid confusion with TEC).

  • Treg Brown

    Let’s not forget to give credit for this increased mortality rate to ALL the folks that moved this agenda forward.

    “Fuck you grandma.”

  • Manders

    Hey TEXAS – when pregnant moms die, the babies die too, you maroons.
    I have a friend who lives in Texas who posts these pretty-obviously-fake stories from a pro-life site: “The doctor said my baby had (insert awful birth defect here) and encouraged me to abort, but we prayed to Jesus and our baby came out a perfect angel (insert stock photo of gorgeous toddler here).” Then she and her friends squee about the cuteness of the baby and how doctors will try to force you to have an abortion but we are PRO LIFE. And for a long time I just went and knitted to avoid typing in, “A) You know these fake, right? Why would a mom not call out the doctor and hospital that so grossly misdiagnosed their healthy child? B) The doctor cannot force you to have an abortion. That is a CHOICE you get to make. Isn’t it nice to have a CHOICE?”
    Finally, I blocked her. But I always wonder: how old does a kid have to be before people like this stop caring? Just after birth? When they’re not cute like a baby anymore? When they’re teenagers?
    Time for a drink.

    • sw19womble

      At a guess, the moment the first government check or tax break hits the doormat.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The moment the hospital prints the bill.

  • Blank Ron

    Clearly Texas is becoming a failed state, and there’s nothing left to do but send in the UN Peacekeeprs and install a new secular government. It’s for the best, really.

    • marxalot

      Yes please!

    • Objectifer

      Let’s mess with Texas!

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      UN poll watchers have been specifically prohibited from being in Texas in Nov. by Gov. Abbot

      • handyhippie65

        i would wonder why, but, you know, texas.

    • shaar dula

      put another way, nation building, like the proverbial charity, begins at home (starting with Texas).

  • Me not sure

    The Republican Party is in love with a specific concept of what they think a woman should be, even if that concept doesn’t fit the reality of the average woman’s life in the USA. In their minds it’s the women who don’t fit their image who should change, not them. “You gals just need to listen up and get with the program.”

    • I Only Like Cats

      This is why I moved to Washington. This, specifically. I’m too fragile and my health is too poor to put up with their shenanigans.

      • Me not sure

        Sorry to hear about your health. Well wishes.

    • grindstone

      This 100%. This all the time. This is why women who rail against the patriarchy get labeled as man-haters and shrews, but why we rail in the first place. The whole idea of complementarianism is flawed by this conservative totem of fucking June fucking Cleaver. Only a small percentage of women had that role or enjoyed that role in the mythical 50s and only a small percentage of women aspire to the role today (and hey, I’m okay with your choice if you can afford it), but it’s still put forth as the womanly ideal.

    • handyhippie65

      it ain’t just wimmins whut needs to get wif the program. all us dirty hippie types needs to gets a haircut like hank hill, and read up on the jeebus guy. that’ll straighten us out quick fast, and in a hurry, i tells ya whut!

    • shaar dula

      agree completely. my opinions are sacred. reality must bend to my prejudices. that’s the theme of the day.

  • Panika MCD

    it’d be really cool to have a recurring “how is Texas killing people today” column as there are so many to choose from.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Too much of a downer. I’d rather see the Florida Report brought back. They tend to do things to themselves without quite so much collateral damage.

  • Boscoe

    USA #1!!!!!

  • Pugsandcoffee

    Tuck Fexas.

  • Not that this will matter in the slightest to the Republicans running Texas. Their warped belief system basically says that women deserve whatever horror can be inflicted on them, up to and including death, if they experience a pregnancy that doesn’t occur within the bounds of a nice, white, Christian, heterosexual, upper-middle-class-with-health-insurance marriage.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Nice, white, middle-upper class girls excluded, of course. They just make mistakes now and then; nothing you’d want to ruin their futures over.
      Or get raped by good ol’ boys just bein’ boys – you know how they get sometimes. (And nothing you’d want to ruin their futures over.)

      • HanBarbara

        No, for the girls, there’s that discreet out out of state “vacation”.

        • Aquaria

          They don’t have to go out of state, and they never did. My mother used to take part in “D&C” operations in the 1960s for rich girls whose daddies paid thousands at the local hospital for their little

          princess not to have her life ruined.

          • HanBarbara

            But nowadays you can’t be a pro life politician and have it known that your daughter had a little procedure.
            Back when I was growing up on the a East a Coast, and it was still illegal, women who had enough money and didn’t want to have to convince an American MD, went to the Caribbean or to Britain. Poor women didn’t have those options.

  • Daisy

    Fuck, this is a serious problem, and Texas, naturally, decides protecting fetuses is more important. Who may well end up dying anyway,because if there are more mother’s dying, so are more babies.

    • I Only Like Cats

      Pro-life just means getting rid of poor women.

      • SeekingBarbie

        I’m surprised Drumpf hasn’t suggested sending them to Mexico.

      • Aquaria

        Of uppity women. Brown women. Women who aren’t christers.

        The list goes on and on.

    • Creepoman

      Nothing to do with protecting fetuses. Everything to do with punishing women, especially if you can score the trifecta of poor, brown, and sinful.

      • Daisy

        Good point.

      • WIDTAP

        “especially if you can score the trifecta of poor, brown, and sinful”

        A distinction without a difference to many Republicans.

  • O_Hellllllllp

    I have that sense of inertia where I have learned something unacceptable is happening, yet I know telling people will accomplish nothing. Dok handily listed all the responses I would see if I posted this on FB. At least we have each other, comrades. Shit. I’m heading to the cute animals down thread.

  • I Only Like Cats

    Dare I ask how much better their maternal mortality rates are than Sudan…?

    • doktorzoom

      I didn’t actually look. If it turns out Sudan is doing better, I’ll revise. :(

      • Cindyinencinitas

        FFS.

  • Creepoman

    Why is it that The Guardian, a British fucking paper, is reporting on this instead of every goddamned paper in the US?

    *And yes, I’m sad because I already know the answer to that question*

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Because Hillary’s emails and some outlandish thing Drumpf said and Ryan fucking Lochte and…

      • ltmcdies

        what…peeing on gas station wall isn’t newsworthy….

      • aureolaborealis

        I pass all Ryan Lochte headlines through my patented Lochte News Transmogrifier®. Whatever your input is, it returns: “Developmentally disabled athlete savant slips his handlers and does something stupid (again).”

    • Bill Slider

      That’s why I read both the BBC and the Guardian websites. It’s for all that news that is not fit to print.

  • HanBarbara

    Articles like this not only make me sorry that I quit drinking, they make me want to drink embalming fluid for that “extra kick”

  • OrdinaryJoe

    This is why we need a president who is a woman and the mother of a woman and a grandmother with a granddaughter. This shit has got to change.

    • I Only Like Cats

      I’m thinking we should also have four or five women on the Supreme Court. It’s only fair.

      • (((JustPixelz)))

        Another Governor Ann Richards would help too. But that would require Demoncrats to vote in mid-term elections which history tells us is asking too much.

      • jowgajen

        RBG was once asked when there would be enough women on the Supreme Court, her reply was nine. When the reporter asked why, RBG replied that we wouldn’t find nine men unusual, why would nine women be unusual?

  • ltmcdies

    so has Texas got anything useful to say or are they just going stand there with their stetsons in their ears…

    (((foot tapping, arms crossed)))

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Clinton needs to hammer on this, very loudly and very often, forcing Drumpf to take a stand — as soon as his fundie mental preacher advisers tell him what it is. That should put the final nail in his political coffin, take the GOP down in flames, and maybe even turn Texas blue in the process.

  • GoutMachine

    Goddammit I miss Molly Ivins. That’s all I got.

    • I got into journalism because of her. I cried for two hours when she died.

  • (((JustPixelz)))

    Giving birth is far more dangerous to women’s health than getting an abortion. I assume Gov. Abbot will move quickly make abortion mandatory to protect women’s health.

    • Aquaria

      But then the judgmental christer trash can’t tut-tut at women for being whores.

  • anwisok
  • Bill Slider

    Perhaps Trump can cover that wall with that sticky flypaper, and thereby keep out both the Messican rapist people and the Messican Zika Moose Quitos, too.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      If a Texas woman gets impregnated by a Mexican rapist, can she have an abortion then?

  • SisterArtemis

    Needz moar kittehs. *sigh*

  • Jenny

    The vast majority of Texans won’t care. It’s not on the news here. It isn’t affecting people that “matter.” Well off people can still get abortions and prenatal care.

    All those others deserve to be poor and die, for Jesus or something.

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      Yes because as much like crack no one will care until white people in the suburbs start to suffer…

  • calliecallie

    Women’s Lives Matter. Or maybe not so much in Texas.

    • Operation American Jesus®

      GOP: “Women’s Lives Meh.”

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Wasn’t it about a year ago that the WSJ had a front-page article on how Texas was the free-market “model” that the rest of the country should be learning from?
    Yeah, well … we’re learning.

  • SeekingBarbie
  • Hairstrike Alpha

    I don’t even have a witticism for this other than to say if you take these obvious preventable deaths and the obvious preventable deaths of guns in the home and you add them together with war and capital punishment…how the fuck can you call yourself PRO-LIFE?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Being all religious and everything, they’re more into “Let God sort them out.”

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Six hundred deaths – and what was the number of deaths due to complications of abortions? Single digits, if I recall. Yet the cow-fucking gun nuts in the Texas lege busted their asses trying to make sure clinics were “safe” – by closing them.

    Maybe the State Dept. should update their travel advisories: “Do not travel to the following countries, or Texas, if you’re pregnant…”

    • anna rampage

      In 2008, there were 12 deaths from abortion related complications (secondary infections) in the entire US, and most of those could have probably been prevented if the person would have sought, or had easier access to follow up medical care…

    • Gleem-McShinez

      “We care about women’s health”

      UR DOING IT RONG, TEX-BAGS

  • Shan the Libtart

    Can we petition John Oliver to do a segment on this?

  • cheetojeebus
    • Well, don’t they sound nice?

      • Cindyinencinitas

        They forgot their hoods!

    • Barley_Brains

      “…the burning down of cities and things of that nature…”

      Yea. Lots of cities have been burnt down. Lots. All the cities look like Dresden in 1945.

    • handyhippie65

      my grandfather was in the air force during WW2, fixing airplanes that bombed the nazis into oblivion. i would proudly follow in my grandfather’s footsteps in the honorable goal to rid the world of nazis. if only sherman had turned right at the sea, and did a circle tour of the south.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Dok,
    Thanks for getting this story out there. And special thanks for the links to PP in Texas.

    America! This is what happens when the Religious Right runs all three branches of Government.

    • cat cafe

      And we really should stop dignifying them by calling them “religious.” They are vicious woman-haters, bigots, and misogynists, worse than the worst inquisitors at the Salem Witch trials.

  • Cranky Man

    Hi Texas, how many of those tragic deaths (we all agree on tragic, right?) were from households with income above $100 k?

    • Timray

      Texas is doing just fine thank you….Texas was America’s second fastest growing economy last year, according to the new data from the Commerce Department. The state grew by a stellar 5.2%, behind only North Dakota.
      Some argue Texas is the nation’s best state economy given its size and low unemployment

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        Texas government took more than most any other state in Federal dollars while making sure its people got none of it.
        Wanna run that one by us again?
        Edit: And look, you are lying again!

        he U.S. economy grew 2.4% in 2015. This is the most the economy has grown in more than five years, and is a slight improvement on 2014’s 2.2% growth.

        The economies of all but two states grew in 2015, some substantially more than others, and for a variety of reasons. California and Oregon each grew by 4.1%, more than any other state. Alaska and North Dakota contracted, while several states saw increases of less than 0.5%.

      • Cranky Man

        Fine, as long you’re not a child of non white parents. But, again, any idea how many of those dead women come from a wealthy family?

  • Gleem-McShinez

    600, and not a single one of them a friend or family member of any Republicans in TX Legislatures? Must not have happened then!

  • Paperless Tiger

    The GOP is essentially an epidemic disguised as a political party.

    • Pickwicknext

      But somehow, are more damaging to society and human life

      • Cindyinencinitas

        I am thrilled to have learned yesterday that the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California, the agency that regulates air pollution, attained a Republican majority on its board in 2014 and it promptly decided to stop enforcing the rules because industrial polluters complained that they have tried as hard as they could and that’s as clean as they could get the air so get off their backs already. The experienced employees who give a shit have quit or retired, and now there’s no one there who even knows how to apply the rules to the data they gather. Breathe deep, OC and thanks!

        • mailman27

          You almost hate to upvote because the truth you’re upvoting is so terrible.

          • handyhippie65

            i’m a realist. better an ugly truth, than a beautiful lie.

          • Barley_Brains

            Always. Yet, the tears do sting.

        • alnnc

          Sounds like the water quality situation in North Carolina, with Duke Energy and developers rewriting the regulations and laws.

        • cat cafe

          It’s really terrible. Steve Lopez in the L.A. Times has been writing a lot of columns about it, and the Coastal Commission, which is sliding into the same developer-friendly nastiness. I think we citizens have to get more involved, attend meetings, and make our voices heard. After thirty years of truly making a difference, cleaning up the air so we can all breathe here, they want to plunge us back into the awful, choking smog of yesteryear.

          • Timray

            pleas do, you are killing California and i love it

        • Timray

          California? more people on welfare than working….up to their ass in debt….a Turd World country with nice beaches

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            Once again, lies are directly forbidden by the Bible.
            You are lying.
            Why do you hate God and America?

    • Timray

      LBJ, “I’ll Have Those N*ggers Voting Democratic for the Next 200 Years” http://clashdaily.com/2014/03/allen-west-lbj-ill-nggers-voting-democratic-next-200-years/

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        I said do the dishes, Timtim. Now.

  • malsperanza

    only poor women who don’t have the gumption to get a job and insurance, so good riddance.

    A propos of this, remember how, back when there was still poverty and racism, black people used to be harangued about personal responsibility? About how they should just stay in school, get a decent education, and then get a job, like regular people do? And it’s a big problem that there are so many single mothers and unwed mothers collecting all the welfare?

    So we gonna hear that same lecture now, regarding how white people are dying younger in poor areas? Due to drugs, obesity, terrible food, and guns?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/life-lessons-from-a-small-town-undertaker-as-white-women-die-younger-in-america/2016/08/20/a1e64d76-60b6-11e6-af8e-54aa2e849447_story.html?postshare=931471892862340&tid=ss_fb

    And also this: “Trump supporters […] earn relative high household incomes, and living in areas more exposed to trade or immigration does not increase Trump support. There is stronger evidence that racial isolation and less strictly economic measures of social status, namely health and intergenerational mobility, are robustly predictive of more favorable views toward Trump.” http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2822059

    Why can’t these people just eat less fat and salt, and use less meth? No discipline.

  • Mavenmaven

    So having dentists handle women’s health care is working out just as planned.

  • Max Newman

    This is proof that bad things happen when you allow ignorant prudes to have a say in Health Care laws. It is sort of akin to asking your drunk cousin Gary to fix your heart because you don’t want one of the elitist educated doctors touching you.

    • cat cafe

      Ah, but from the ignorant prudes’ point of view, it’s success. They hate women, and want them to be controlled, punished, and, if 600 whores die, great. They’re not really “ignorant prudes,” they’re vicious woman-haters. And it’s really time people stopped listening to their bullshit about “the unborn,” and paid attention to what they’re actually doing to the “born.”

  • Spot Letton

    So Texas saved more than $122,000 for each woman they killed? This could easily become the new normal for cash-strapped red states that refuse to raise taxes. It’s too bad all the Planned Parenthood clinics are out of business, otherwise Texas could give the dead women’s body parts to be sold on consignment.

    On the other hand, the exact figure is $122,666. Just saying.

  • IknowRIGHT

    Quick death has long been the republican answer to everything.

  • Iam Reading

    Ah that republican war on women….clearly it doesn’t exist, at least in the mind of your typical GOP asshole.

    • Jared James

      There’s one sure way to show those caterpillars, though. Cut their evil Abortionplex funds so good it makes gestation (caterpillars do that, right?) twice as dangerous.

  • mailman27

    It’s unfortunate that most Republicans are incapable experiencing shame.

    • Stulexington

      Though they seem to have no problem trying to make others feel shame.

  • doktorzoom

    Welp, not that I didn’t predict it, but here you go (English isn’t their first language, so please, no snottiness about that):

    https://twitter.com/Amusetales/status/767853603809849344

    • Walter Wellstone

      I don’t get it. Conservatives should be pro-abortion and yet they’re not. Here’s why: (1) Conservatives hate people of color. (2) Latinos and African-Americans are the most prolific groups in the country. (3) By being anti-abortion conservatives are making it easier for the people they hate to outnumber them.

      What’s their plan? I thought they wanted to take their country back.

      • CATMAN

        Not to mention the money saved on TANF, S-CHIP and SNAP that they could use to fund more toys for the military

        • Walter Wellstone

          Hmm… good point on the military. Maybe, just maybe, what they’re looking for is a steady supply of black and brown cannon fodder for the military. Somebody has to go overseas to be greeted as liberators and it sure-as-shit ain’t gonna be their children and grandchildren, amirite? The boots on the ground have to come from somewhere. If they cut the supply in-uterus there’s not going to be anyone to send to fight their wars.

        • Aquaria

          Then what would they have to gripe about and get the mouth breathers into the voting booths for?

          • Vegan and Tiara

            TOO MANY POORS!!!!!!

        • Timray

          that is what Nancy Pelosi said, abortion saves welfare payments

          • Walter Wellstone

            Source or shut the fuck up.

      • Vegan and Tiara

        I asked the same question on National Review Online, and got kicked off for being a “troll” and also a “racist.” To be honest, none of them have really thought past the point of forcing the sluts to have the babies. They don’t realize that the babies actually will need to be fed and clothed after they are borned. Conservatives are truly the stupidest people on the earth.

        • Timray

          really i have worked Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Social Services….i would say you need to get out of the basement once in a while

          • Vegan and Tiara

            So you’re willing to have your taxes raised to take care of a million brown babies born every year, FOREVER? Someone is not a very good Republican! Or maybe you think the little babies will be fed by magic?

          • Donkey Option

            Nah, once they’re born the republicans will just let them starve. Because welfare is evil. They give zero fucks about what happens to these babies after they’re born.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            …but they LOVE life so much!!!

      • cat cafe

        It’s the purest form of misogyny. They hate women, women should be controlled and punished, they shouldn’t have sex by their own agency, if they do, they’re whores who might as well die, and certainly should be punished by pregnancy, childbirth, and an 18 year responsibility. There’s no logic to any of it, except for their woman-hatred.

      • Timray

        seroiusly, did your mother have any children that lived?

        • Walter Wellstone

          Yes: me.

          • Jen_Baker_VA

            Timmy does not get sarcasm. Nor intellectual discourse. Nor how to post factual links with actual content that backs up what he says.
            Poor lil man.

  • Walter Wellstone

    Those women had sex so, y’know.

    • cat cafe

      ‘zactly. Whores.

  • CATMAN

    I’m really touched by the concern that Texas Republicans show for the health of women evidenced by their ranking near the third world in maternal deaths. I’m sure that a study will show a similar concern for the health of poor folks, especially those brown people.

  • TEXAS – the mothers-fuckingest state in the Union

    • Timray

      we like it….blacks here are not killing each other

      • Brendan_M

        That’s your job, Cletus.

  • Aquaria

    And then people wonder why I stopped playing the euphemism game with scum like this and started calling them what they are: Woman-hating filth.

    • cat cafe

      And even more, they are forced-birthers who not only hate women, their entire agenda is to punish and control women. A woman is chattel, or a plot of land to them. If she presumes to have sex by her own agency, then she must be punished with a nine-month pregnancy, painful childbirth, and an 18 year responsibility for a child she didn’t want. She must live in poverty and pain, and the child, too, must suffer for the whore mother’s sins.

      This is literally what their belief are–and their actions show it in every way. I’m simply done with anyone possibly “seeing their side” or agreeing that a non-sentient clump of cells the size of an apple seed is by any definition “life.” You can’t force a man to donate his kidney to save a fully grown sentient adult human, but they want to force a woman to donate her entire body and 18 years of her life to “save” that non-sentient clump of cells that is no more a “living human” than an apple seed is an apple, or a fertilized chicken egg is a chicken, or that man’s kidney. And they are filthy hypocrites, too, with no problem being coarsely dismissive of fully grown human lives, if they’re women, calling us whores at the drop of a hat, and passing laws that kill us and deprive us of medical care.

      Yes, it’s time we constantly called them out for what they are, exactly as you say: woman-hating filth.

      • Walter Wellstone

        Aren’t all those things on their bible? I think that’s where they get all this shit from, ain’t it?

    • freakishlystrong

      Exceptions are made, of course, for their mistress/girlfriend/daughter.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I gave a friend a ride to a program at a Catholic church on end of life issues. She thought it was going to cover living wills and palliative care. The program was sponsored by Ohio Right To Live. Before getting into end of life issues (The Dignity of Natural Death), they had to take a moment to tear hell into abortions and gender reassignment surgery (surgical mutilation).

    If you want to get the skinny on what’s acceptable in sex, ask a professional virgin.

  • Jen

    I have a monthly automatic donation to Planned Parenthood, but I don’t think that the mortality increase was related to the funding cuts. The timeline just doesn’t work out. Texas started defunding the programs at the start of fiscal year 2012, which is September 2011. The huge mortality increase came in calendar year 2011. This is not to defend the state’s actions, but I just can’t imagine that cutting funding in September could lead to that kind of increase in that same year. Also, the fact that the rate was level, shot up suddenly, and then was level again just screams to me that there’s something going on with the way the deaths are being recorded. Again, it’s messed up either way, but I think that this narrative of funding costs being directly responsible for mortality increase is simplistic and probably wrong.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      No, it is tied directly to it. Women can’t get health care. Women die.
      It is simplistic because it has been proven, time and time again, that it really is that simplistic.

      • Jen

        I don’t think you understand what I’m saying. The funding cuts had not happened yet when the mortality started rising. Planned Parenthood was in full operation for a year after the mortality increase. So absent time travel, the state funding reductions cannot have caused this mortality spike.
        Clearly something is going on. Maybe data collection procedures changed. Maybe the rate was always higher and the better data collection is capturing what the mortality always was. I don’t know and I would very much like to know. But the fact is that what this article is saying is legitimately impossible.
        Here’s the timeline:
        Jan – Dec 2011 — Texas maternal mortality doubles
        Spring 2011 — Texas legislature approves cuts to family planning program for fiscal year 2012, which starts Sept 1, 2011.
        Sept 2011 — cuts go into effect
        Jan 1, 2013 — Planned Parenthood is shut out of texas.
        If the cuts did impact the mortality, they would only have been able to do so from Sept – Dec of that year, so you would expect to see a little of the rise in 2011, and a lot of the increase in 2012. That didn’t happen.
        I’m a huge champion of funding women’s health, but making bad assumptions doesn’t get to the bottom of what’s going on, and then you can’t fix it.

  • Panika MCD

    let me preface this by saying that I have immense respect for Dok and this material is meant to be supplemental, not contrarty. unlike me, Dok doesn’t get paid to sit through 12 hour budget hearings at the TX lege nor has he attended presentations by Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas or NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on a regular basis because they don’t really make it to Boise much. he does his job, he does it well. I do my job, I try to do it well.

    alright, lets get to the nitty gritty of women’s healthcare in TX:

    1. according to KUT (the ATX NPR affiliate), the information from TX that’s used for the study was only for 2010-2012. this means that TX HB2 (the omnibus abortion bill passed in 2013 and which made Fmr. State Sen. Wendy Davis famous) was not a factor in the calculations. it’s also a very interesting study that you should read before you get too cocky about our mortality death rate because, dear ones, they disagregated the data from both TX (because of the spike) and CA (due to lack of certain kinds of reporting) from the study. the study finds that TX doubled, CA declined (along the same trend as the rest of the world) and the rest of the country had an increase 26.6% in its mortality rate and breaks that down further into two groups. so maybe not so much with the thumbing of your nose unless you are in CA. okay? (http://kut.org/post/texas-maternal-mortality-rate-doubled-two-years-researchers-don-t-know-why)

    2. TX has a session of 140 days every 2 years (usually with 30-60 days tacked on because: REASONS). that means that the legislation effecting the data were generally those passed during the 2011 session and enacted on 9/1/11. that includes all cuts made to all programs because of the $12.8 billion budget shortfall. (fun fact: the largest cut was the $5.4 billion to the public education budget and that was the first time Wendy filibustered, buster. Democrats and reasonable GOP members have not been succesful in restoring that funding.) the family planning budget suffered as mentioned as did the prenatal Medicaid budget.

    3. the program in question was known as the Women’s Healthcare Program or WHP. this program was signed into law by Gov. Rick “Good Hair” Perry in 2005, it covered controception, healthy woman exams and cancer screenings for women of child bearing age who were not pregnant, was funded 9-to-1 by the federal government and could not be given to clinics that provided abortions. for this reason, PPGT legally separated their clinics which do provide abortion from those which did not and the program chugged along well for about 6 years with PP clinics making up 40% of providers in the network and providing 54% of the care. the other thing that happened in 2005 for repro-health was that the parental consent law was signed into law, but had a provision known as Jane’s Due Process which allowed minors to seek a judicial bypass and, because we elect our judges down here, the judges had 2 days to decide or they would have been considered to give consent by default. (more on that later.)

    4. in 2011, the year which would have the greatest effect on the data, two things happened: Sid Miller’s sonogram bill passed and they cut the family planning budget and PP along with it. Dr. Joseph Potter, a state demographer and professor of statistics and demography at UT – Austin, has data indicating that the sonogram bill was a contributing factor as most abortions occur between 8 and 12 weeks of gestation which requires a very invasive and painful procedure known as a transvaginal sonogram where they shove a special sonogram wand up your yoni. some other states have mandatory sonogram laws, but their laws specify that they are to use the transabdominal method also known as the “jelly on the belly” method. The second was the budget cut which was more severe than Dok made it sound. To bar PP from the program violated the 2005 bill, so they had to write a whole new bill and the feds said they were not interested in funding a program that denied participation to one non-profit. so they not only cut a lot of the state funding, they lost the 9-to-1 matching funds as well–let me rephrase that: the creation of the newly minted TEXAS Women’s Healthcare Program or TWHP in 2011 meant that the newer version was funded at 5% of the pevious program. we could also discuss the possibility that some of the educational cuts led to decreases in sex ed. across the state, but there’s no direct data on that. what there is direct data on is that the instance of illegal abortions (buying pills online which may be snake oil or the real thing, using coat hangers, illegally traveling to Mexico and mother lovin’ flea market abortions) increased dramatically both due to aversion to the sonogram and to the closure of clinics who could no longer afford to stay open.

    5. Dok is correct that funding was restored in 2013. it was actully raised by $100 million. they raised it again in 2015 by $50 million with the creation of what is now known as the Healthy Texas Women Program or HTWP which combined several other programs with the TWHP. BUT without PP or federal funding, the program has become twice as expensive to taxpayers while covering 160 thousand fewer women. the legislature also “corrected an oversight” by banning PP from receiving in breast and cervical cancer screening. it could have been worse because they originally tried to do so by tiering clinics which would have included clinics and organization which do nothing but breast and/or cervical cancer screenings (often in memorial to a person who died of one of the conditions), but we managed to avoid that. however, clinics do not and should not ropen over night, so there weren’t enough applicants for all that money. that’s why you’re now hearing about the Crisis Prenancy Center or CPC (organizations which pretty much have no medical staff and exist solely to shame women into keeping their fetus) Heidi’s Group receiving the second largest grant from the program at $1.7 million (the Harris County Health System got $1.8 million). Heidi’s Group has promised to hire doctors, but we’re pretty skeptical about the whole thing. but, again, as the study uses data for 2010-2012, none of these things are factors.

    6. I find the claim that the data didn’t have anything to do with natural disasters dubious at best. Texas is one disaster prone state. we get hurricanes on the coast, ice storms in the panhandle, tornados everywhere it’s flat, flash floods, wildfires and, if you hadn’t noticed, we are still overcoming a drought that started in 2011. since there was a massive increase in heat and dehydration related deaths in general, I would guess that would have a large effect on the data for 2011 and 2012. not to mention man made disasters like the West fertilizer plant explosion, the recent industrial fire at a pesticide plant in Houston and regular events related to the fossil fuel industry. we have lead in the water problems ranging from 24 ppb to 86 ppb. (for reference, Flint’s water measured 27 ppb and the EPA considers 15 ppb toxic.) we have poinsonous flora and fauna. not to mention that 25% of women who exprience domestic violence first experience that violence during pregnancy (about 4-8% of pregnant women) which is more difficult to detect when your supplemental force of state troopers are all sent to the border for 3-4 months during the year and the majority of departments are functioning with employment levels well below DOJ recommendations. (longer and more labor intensive hours also too have a contributing factor to those who probably shouldn’t be in law enforcement to begin with letting their asshole out on a more regular basis.)

    7. in addition to all the other budgetary fuckwittage, we managed to get HB2 for 2 years which closed 30 clinics in the state.

    8. then there’s Medicaid funding. poor women can receive prenatal and OBGYN services during pregnancy and up to 6 months after the child is born. 52.6% of the state’s births are currently paid for by Medicaid partially due to the increased number of births. and if the woman is not going to a clinic that knows about other services and how to access them (there’s pretty much only one in the state in San Antonio that does this comprehensively), then the woman is SHIT OUTTA LUCK. AND AND AND the massive mismanagement of the Medicaid program by HHSC under Kyle Janek and Christopher Traylor has led to a number of doctors and pharmacies no longer taking Medicaid patients. I mean those guys lost TENS of BILLIONS of DOLLARS during their combined tenures of 4 years. 50% of the prescription drug budget was OOPS! WHERE’D IT GOED? under those guys. so even if a woman accessed Medicaid funding for one pregnancy, there’s no guarantee she’ll get it for another because her doctor may no longer take it. AND AND AND AND AND our 1115 waiver that funds, among other things, the SA clinic is up for renewal and if we do not accept Medicaid expansion it will no longer cover Medicaid or the uncompensated care which would be covered by Medicaid. facing a 4% budget shortfall, Gov. Abbott said, “NO MEDICAID EXPANSION,” because he’s a real nice guy.

    9. other things that happened to women’s health recently but are not reflected in the study: the Department of State Health Services got a new commissioner who decided that PP could also not receive grant funding for STD and HIV screening and treatment and the new HHSC commissioner decided DSHS should also too make women have funerals for their fetuses. I don’t think either are going to hold up in court as I think both take legislative action, but we shall see. the Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospital Association are all pissed off about the funeral wording because it looks like their members would have to pay for the funeral or cremation costs if their patients decide not to pay for it.

    10. finally, another non-factor to the statistics in the study, but which may be a factor now is how the fucked with Jane’s Due Process last session. instead of 2 days to decide, the judgest now have 5 days to rule BUT instead of a non-ruling being considered a tacit “YES” it is now a tacit “NO” which poses a huge problem for judges with their hearts in the right place who are faced with electorates with their heads jammed firmly up their butts.

    BONUS: in addition to the rising maternal mortality rate, the infant mortality and premature birth numbers in TX are on the rise. not quite double, but close.

    so that is a more or less complete of the outlook. again, only the measures passed in 2011 effect the data. you can find more things about TX Repro laws here: https://www.texastribune.org/tribpedia/reproductive-health/

  • Timray

    Planned Parenthood is doing the work of Sanger-KKK…..shouldn’t you be working to save the polar bear?

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Dunno if you know this or not, but while Abortion is not mentioned in the ten commandments? Lying sure is.
      *pats*

    • Brendan_M

      I don’t know about the Sanger KKK, but the rest of the white nationalists and neo-Nazis are firmly in the Trump camp, and he’s no friend to Planned Parenthood or women in general.

  • dshwa

    But the A idiot on twitter was such a joy…

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