Veteran investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald has an important and scathing commentary in the new issue of Vanity Fair on the issue of how new state restrictions in Texas and other states on centers providing abortion and other women's health services are likely to affect diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer patients.
What prompted Eichenwald to write the piece was that his wife, Theresa, a physician, recently was diagnosed with the disease, just a few weeks after discovering a breast lump. Eichenwald contrasts his wife's speedy diagnosis and treatment with the long delays faced by low-income and uninsured women associated with greater likelihood of death. He names and blames anti-abortion lawmakers in his home state of Texas for passing legislation that will shut down a number of centers where low-income and uninsured women receive screening and referrals for breast cancer. He writes: