Low Income Girls In Texas Will Be Given Free IUDs Thanks To Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood has been under attack over and over again in the last year, but they’re still going strong.
In fact, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas will be giving out free IUDs and STD testing to 1,000 low-income women each year for the next three years thanks to a donation from the Boone Family Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation, according to The Cut.
This is awesome because the Texan government had previously tried to work against Planned Parenthood by changing their laws so that clinics that provide abortions couldn’t get state funding.
Unfortunately, a study published earlier this year showed that Texas’ ridiculous laws had left low-income women in counties with Planned Parenthood clinics filling fewer prescriptions for birth control and consequently had higher pregnancy rates than the rest of the state. Another study showed that there were over 119,000 Google searches for the exact phrase “how to have a miscarriage” in 2015, with Texas being one of the key states that the study focused on.
Thankfully, The Supreme Court has struck down some of Texas’ unnecessary laws that were only put into place to make getting an abortion damn near impossible, but that doesn’t mean that getting an abortion in Texas is suddenly easy.
Planned Parenthood’s new program, which will start in September, should allow more girls to have access to birth control and allow for less women to need abortions. But then again, women shouldn’t have to fight for their right for abortions in the first place. Can the US stop regulating women’s bodies now?