And now, for some good news: Thousands of Texas women just got access to IUDs!
First, the Supreme Court finally repealed HB2 in Texas — the despicable law enforcing impractical and unconstitutional abortion restrictions across the state. And things just got even better for reproductive rights in Texas — 1,000 low income women per year now have access to IUDs!
Thanks to a $2 million donation to Planned Parenthood from the Boone Family Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas will be able to provide the contraceptive devices — as well STD tests — to 3,000 women over the next three years at little cost.
While media outlets previously reported that the IUDs would be completely free, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson told Jezebel that is not the case; however, the spokesperson also explained that the large donation “will significantly expand access to contraceptive equity and healthcare screenings for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex” — still very exciting.
This is a huge victory, especially when you remember, as explained by The Cut, that Texas had even started its own inefficient “women’s health program” in 2013 just so the state could block Planned Parenthood, and any abortion providers, from being able to operate in Texas.
Studies proved that, after this bureaucratic roadblock, women in the state had more unplanned pregnancies and filled out less prescriptions for birth control.
The new IUD program will begin in September, and actions in other states have proven that IUD programs really work to prevent unintended pregnancy. The Cut mentions that, in Colorado, teen pregnancies decreased by 40 percent and teen abortions decreased by 42 percent after a grant created a free IUD program in the state.
A program in Seattle public schools also made a huge impact in teenagers’ use of contraceptives.