TFN — “Instead of arrogantly lecturing Wendy Davis and other women who have had unplanned pregnancies and faced challenges he can’t begin to imagine, Rick Perry should address his failure as governor to deal honestly with the teen pregnancy epidemic in his own state,” Miller said. “He opposes girls and young women learning about birth control in sex ed so they can responsibly protect their health and their future. Just as appalling has been his support for policies that limit women’s access to family planning services.”
Miller noted that throughout Gov. Perry’s tenure, Texas has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. Texas had the nation’s fifth highest teen birth rate in 2011 and the nation’s highest rate of repeat births to teens in 2010, the most recent years for which that data is available.
You know what would really help teen moms? Affordable birth control, pregnancy counseling, funding increases for food stamps, WIC and Medicaid, an increase in the minimum wage, vastly better public transit, equal and fair pay, affordable daycare, flex work hours, better pay for teachers and more of them, strengthening the Family Medical Leave Act, edu grants and low interest loans, more rural hospitals, and scrapping the epic failure of abstinence only sex ed. In other words, reversing course on practically every policy Perry has espoused or harmed for his entire clownish, embarrassing, shit-kick’n stint as governor.