Martin Bashir | March 16, 2012
>>> attacking women 's reproductive rights seem to be the favorite past time of republicans as of late. lawmakers are passing legislation requiring 24 hour wait periods and in the case of arizona, making it legal for a doctor to with hold vital medical information from a woman if that information could influence the decision about whether to terminate the pregnancy. it seems information is being with held from the politicians leading the charge because they are making some stupid statements about the laws this public. here is the governor of pennsylvania on the state's proposed ultrasound mandate.
>> wouldn't change it. we're still waiting to see.
>> making them watch, does that go too far in your mind?
>> i don't know how you make anybody watch. you just have to close your eyes . as long as it's on exterior, not interior. amazing. joining us is sheila jackson lee . me.
>> it's estimated that a quarter of women in texas have no health insurance . now, they're one lifeline, planned parenthood is threatened thanks to republicans blocking federal funds . what is going to be the result for these women in your state?
>> martin, first of all i feel that will i'm under siege. i don't know where to turn the i'm a woman beyond childbearing stage. i'm thinking about all the younger women and single parents who have utilized the affiliates of planned parenthood as their access to held care including young women in college. one who gave a testimony who said she has been using planned parenthood affiliates. those are dealing with health care , mammograms and other physical issues that women have. i believe the story out of texas just adds insult to injury from pennsylvania to arizona and back to texas also has a sonogram law. what we have done is cut off the lifeline of health care to the state that has the largest number of uninsured persons period. now 130,000 women , 130,000 women , and more to come will now be denied access to health care . we're fighting against it.
>> i think people thought that rick's perry damage was done once he left the presidential campaign. here is your governor, thursday on the subject of planned parenthood . listen to this.
>> dwoents want planned parenthood and their affiliate who is are in the abortion business engaged in this process. it's pretty straight up.
>> under federal law the money is not allowed to go to abortions under this program at all.
>> well, we would rather be very sure of it.
>> well, there you have your governor confused as ever. what is your response to what he just said?
>> let's just throw the supreme court decision and federal law under the bus. first of all, the proposition was correct. federal law does not allow these moneys to go to any entities dealing with abortion. it's been well known for decades that planned parenthood has a wonderful system of health care centers that allow access to poor women . women who are in my community and throughout the state who lives have an altered and changed for the better for this. to say we want to be certain, what i ask my governor, can he document case where is the federal law has been violated. this program has been going on since the bush administration because the law that was passed that was in essence started in 2005 in the state of texas . we have been serving women since that time. that was under president bush administration. what other administration would have been more astute about making sure that they didn't fund abortion, the bush administration . we have been using this program since that. planned parenthood has been successfully treating sick women , women who have no alternatives and we have been those entities along with other providers. what i want to say to the governor is, someone said, they don't want to see our tax dollars. these are women 's tax dollars as well. don't tell us what to do with our tax dollars and frankly, our bodies. this is not a religious entity and therefore we're not violating any religion. we're just trying to save lives.
>> congresswoman, sheila jackson lee , i'm afraid we have run out of time.
>> thank you for having me.