Why We’re Watching Texas
In the 2012–13 budget, the Texas Legislature decimated family planning funding, slashing it from $111 million to only $38 million. The Legislative Budget Board estimates that because of these funding cuts, nearly 300,000 women will lose family planning services while the state will face an additional 20,000 unintended pregnancies at a taxpayer cost of more than $231 million. Politicians callously took away lifesaving cancer screenings for cervical and breast cancer, access to birth control, and other basic preventive health care for women.
In addition to drastic cuts to family planning programs, Governor Perry and the state legislature also passed an intrusive mandatory ultrasound bill. This measure would have forced women seeking abortion care to view an ultrasound and forced physicians to deliver a politically motivated speech to women, even if the women decline. Fortunately, a U.S. district court judge struck down some of the worst parts of the law, but many provisions remain, including the requirement that Texas women make two separate trips to a health center to receive a safe, legal abortion.
How We Got Here
The 2010 elections swept in a wave of anti-women’s health legislators. Governor Perry, along with this new, overwhelmingly extreme legislature, has worked tirelessly to undermine women’s health.
Planned Parenthood Struggles After State Budget Cuts
Thanh Tan, The Texas Tribune 10/15/2011
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