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Texas Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding from State Budget (2015)

After a month of negotiating the state’s two-year budget, the Texas Legislature’s new proposal cuts Planned Parenthood from its Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program.

The decision by the Lone Star State would axe funding for over a dozen Planned Parenthood facilities that don’t provide abortions on-site.

Planned Parenthood received $1.2 million in taxpayer dollars under the program last year. A finalized budget will be approved by June 1.

Alex Garcia-Ditta, writing for Texas Observer, gives background on the new budget proposal:

In January, key budget writers state Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) acknowledged that they want to keep state money away from health care providers that also perform abortions.

The state sent a similar message in 2011 when abortion providers were cut off from state funding. Although the Obama administration threatened to cut off Medicaid funding for the state’s women’s health program, then-governor Rick Perry still committed his state to run and fully fund the program [without federal funding].

But Texan values, and, more importantly, the truth, are lost on Planned Parenthood— from its CEO to its supporters.

As long as Planned Parenthood continues to provide abortions, that’s reason enough to bar it from the program.

While it is technically true that federal dollars are not supposed to go towards abortion, the amount of tax dollars Planned Parenthood receives, and an increase in abortion services, makes it clear where our tax dollars are going.

While taxpayer funds cannot (legally) be used for abortion, such funds allow the organization to use monies for [abortion promotion] more easily.

Not only did Planned Parenthood increase abortion services, it has decreased “Cancer Screening and Prevention Services.” This information comes straight from Planned

Parenthood’s 2012-13 and 2013-14 annual reports…
[May 28, 2015, Rebecca Downs, http://liveactionnews.org/texas-cuts-planned-parenthood-funding-state-budget/ ]