Texas Has Officially Defunded Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
Unfortunately, the hot garbage of our late-year news cycle is still coming fast and furious with news that, officially, the state of Texas has filed a notice that they will completely cut off Medicaid funding to the state’s Planned Parenthood offices in 30 days. While we can continue to send donations to the life-saving women’s health organization in Mike Pence’s name, this defunding will cut off healthcare to thousands of low-income Texans — and that’s pretty horrible.
The state legislature previously filed a motion to have $3.1 million of Medicaid funding stripped from PP, essentially cutting off all non-abortion services to low-income Texans. The Medicaid funding the charity receives is actually used to provide free all-around health services for the lowest income women in the state. No Medicaid funding goes to abortion services.
That’s why this is so infuriating. The state is essentially forcing low income women out of their health care because they feel that it’s necessary to destroy a charity that also happens to offer abortions and abortion counseling to women. The worst part? Ninety percent of the funds that PP receive are actually federal and not state, meaning the state is trying to take federally provided funds and use them elsewhere.
Planned Parenthood Texas provides cancer screening, birth control and other well-women services to over 11,000 women in Texas using federal funding. Without this support, many women, including thousands of mothers, will not be able to access the services they need in order to live a healthy life. This is what happens when an essential service is defunded. We are shocked and saddened that the state’s male-centric government has decided that its most vulnerable population doesn’t deserve basic medical care.
Planned Parenthood only has 15 days to respond to the notice of defunding, and while we’re not sure how this will play out, the organization has said they will go directly to the courts to block this action. Here’s to hoping they succeed and we start 2017 on a more positive note.
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(Photos via Cyrus McCrimmon, Andrew Burton, Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)