Funding cuts to public health services disproportionately impact poorer Americans. Texas's continued dismantling of reproductive health services sentences lower-income women to preventable and treatable conditions because they are unable to afford or acquire care. While most of these initiatives are undertaken with the stated intent of limiting or eliminating abortion services, reproductive health takes a variety of forms and is vital to all women.

Beyond the ideological pandering, reproductive care is about access. If the U.S. Constitution guarantees a woman the right to choose to terminate her pregnancy, that choice cannot be achieved without access to appropriate care. Situations like these should provoke further discussion about how we treat reproductive rights in the U.S. While rhetoric about "choice" may be politically compelling, access should be the focus for activists seeking to improve the lives of lower-income women.