In a rare move, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is breaking with the Republican party, voicing support for Planned Parenthood. Her comments were in reaction to a state law that cuts funding to women’s health clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers. Planned Parenthood is among the providers that will be banned from participating in the Medicaid program. As a result, the federal government will no longer fund the state’s Women’s Health Program.

In an interview with MSNBC, Hutchison said we "cannot afford to lose the Medicaid funding for low income women to have health care services." She also criticized Gov. Perry’s plan to find money to fund the program using state money.

Here’s the full interview:

The Texas Democratic Party released this statement, supporting Sen. Hutchison’s stance:

“We applaud Senator Hutchison for breaking with her Republican Party’s attempt to endanger women’s health care. Sadly, every Republican running to replace Senator Hutchison supports the deplorable attacks on women’s health care. If Texans want to make sure these types of attacks on women do not continue, they need to vote Democratic.”