I grew up like a lot of little girls in Texas, without many advantages. My mother was a single mom with four kids and a ninth grade education. And by the time I was a teenager, my life was beginning to look like hers. I was a single mom, too. I had a high school diploma, but no idea how to get ahead in life.
Education changed that for me -- it helped lift my daughter and me out of poverty. But had it not been for the reproductive health care I received at a Planned Parenthood clinic -- the only health care I had for several years -- I would not have had the opportunity to go to school.
Like so many women in this country, having a say in when I had children helped change my economic opportunity. By controlling our bodies, we control our future.
That's why having access to health care is crucial for everyone, not just the wealthy. And it's why I'm appalled by the Obamacare repeal bill that Senate leaders continue to push, which would not only defund Planned Parenthood, but would end Medicaid as we know it.
We've already seen what the consequences of repeal look like here in Texas, where, after the Texas state legislature cut the two-year budget for funding family planning, tens of thousands of women lost access to care, and the maternal death rate doubled. That's devastating -- and it didn't have to happen.
Senate leaders may have delayed the vote on their disastrous repeal bill for now, but we can't afford to stop speaking out. This fight is too important.
Don't wait to make your voice heard -- speak out now with OFA now, and they'll plug you into ongoing efforts to push back against repeal:
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