Perry Says Women's Health Program Won't Die
POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 6:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 2:49pm
by Emily Ramshaw and Jay Root
Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that Texas will find the money to continue to fund the Women’s Health Program, no matter what the federal government does. But Planned Parenthood won't be allowed to participate — and the program may no longer be affiliated with Medicaid.
“We’re going to fund this program. … That’s a moot point,” Perry said. He declined to say where he'd get the roughly $35 million the federal government provides every year, but told reporters that the state would not drop the program that has become a political football between Washington and Texas.
“We’ll find the money. The state is committed to this program,” he told reporters. “This program is not going away.”