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Rick Perry's War with Planned Parenthood Goes Too Far, Texans Say In Poll

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Rick Perry's plan to bar Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the state's Women's Health Program may be red meat to the religious right stirred up over the current contraception wars, but it's not too popular with Texans, a new poll shows.

Public Policy Polling's new survey shows 55 percent of Texans are opposed to the plan, scheduled to go into effect March 14, and only 38 percent support it.

The WHP provides cancer screenings, wellness care and other medical services (including contraception!!) for low-income women. It's a partnership between the state and the federal government.

The new rule excludes any clinic from the plan if it has a relationship with an affiliate organization that provides abortions -- like Planned Parenthood.

(Hospitals are excluded.)

PPP's poll shows widespread dissatisfaction: Women oppose the policy by a 57-37 percent margin, and men are only slightly less pissed, with a 52-40 percent margin.

Says PPP:

We also asked more specifically about Governor Perry's decision to discriminate against women who choose Planned Parenthood as their health care provider. 59% oppose Perry's efforts to prevent women from using Planned Parenthood for vital preventive services, while only 38% support him on that front. A majority of independents, 51/45, oppose his position on the issue.

Usual caveats: PPP leans Democratic, it depends on the wording of the questions, etc. But interesting results nonetheless.


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