Gloria Steinem, feminist activist and leader of the womenâs liberation movement,Â criticized Texas lawmakers for their attempts to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood, calling it âa shame for Texas.â
In an address to the media, Steinem said the steps taken to bar the nonprofit make Texas âan exception to every other advanced democracy in the world.â She said the right to reproductive freedom isÂ an accepted part of health care in every other democracy.
The battle began earlier this year when when federal officials said the state could not exclude Planned Parenthood from the mostly-Medicaid funded Womenâs Health Program because women are allowedÂ to chose their own doctors. Texas officials decided to strike out with its ownÂ program, dropping federal dollars and Planned Parenthood.
âI do believe that we have seen in the recent past and we will see again that Planned Parenthood is the most trusted organization in this and in a contest between Texas and Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood will win,â Steinem said.
Steinem was the keynote speaker at the Texas Council on Family Violence AnnualÂ Conference taking place Sept. 5-6 at the AT&T ExecutiveÂ EducationÂ and Conference Center.Â The conference aims to tackle state and nationwide challenges facing women and society as we move toward the November election andÂ 83rdÂ Legislative Session.
Her main speech highlighted the foremost issue of the conference â" domestic violence. Steinem said domestic violence normalizes violence elsewhere, but that we can change the course of violence by reducing the importance of certain gender roles.
âI think today we should just declare the last 500 to 5,000 years an experiment that failed,â Steinem said. âThis is the first day of the post-patriarchal, post-hierarchical, post-racist, post-homophobic, post-[expletive] society.â
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