Planned Parenthood supporters marched on the Texas Capitol today to protest cuts to women’s health programs. Planned Parenthood says it had to close 51 clinics across Texas after state lawmakers cut it out of a program that funds health screenings and other basic services for low-income women.
Their keynote speaker at today’s rally was Stephanie March, an actor from Dallas who appears on Law & Order: SVU.
“And I’m tired of Texas thwarting the health of its own citizenry,” March said. “And I’m tired of Texas playing politics with women’s lives. I want Texas exceptionalism back, the kind that recognizes the value of its exceptional ladies.”
The state says a new program will make up for the loss of Planned Parenthood clinics by adding doctors and clinics to a list of women’s health service providers, but there have been questions about the accuracy of the list of service providers.