Health

Gov. Rick Perry: Women’s Health Program Is Not Going Away

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is doubling down on his decision to ban Planned Parenthood from receiving any funds through the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP). Officials have already said they will cut federal funds from the program if Texas excludes Planned Parenthood from receiving WHP funding, ending a program that provides health care for 130,000 women, but Perry asserted that the “state would use its own money to operate the program if Washington stops financing it.” Earlier this week, hundreds protested outside the state Capitol against the loss of funding for WHP. The Department of Health and Human Services gives Texas almost $40 million a year for the program. Perry did not mention how he plans to rally the funds needed to keep the program running. — Fatima Najiy