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New Study of Cuts to Texas Family Planning Program Finds Dismaying Early Results

A new New England Journal Of Medicine study finds that 53 clinics in Texas have closed as a result of cuts to family planning programs, with dismaying results for the health of women.

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Rick Perry: Ideological Crisis Pregnancy Center Is the Future of the Texas Women’s Health Program

Rick Perry helped cut the ribbon to open a Houston CPC this week. Emily Deprang

On Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry stopped by to lend a little good-old-boy masculinity to the opening of a branch of Houston’s The Source For Women, a crisis pregnancy center that Perry touted as the future of Texas’ new Women’s Health Program–a program explicitly designed and intended to serve women who are not, and don’t want to be, pregnant.

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In Texas, the Numbers Reveal Just How Dire Things Will Be for Medicaid Patients Without Planned Parenthood

Photo: Eddie Seal/The Texas Tribune.

If Texas excludes Planned Parenthood from participating in its new state-funded “Texas Women’s Health Program,” 1,748 clients in one city alone–Austin–will have to find new health care providers. That means existing providers, some of which currently see just one or two patients a year, will have to take on about 60 new patients each, even as they deal with a 66 percent cut in overall family planning funding.

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Without Planned Parenthood, What’s Left for Texas Women? Not Much.

RH Reality Check Texas reporter Andrea Grimes searches, in vain, for a pap smear among the providers the state of Texas says should be available to provide one.

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Hearing on Planned Parenthood and Texas’ Women’s Health Program Pits Science, Health Against Ideology

Photo from the Texas Department of State Health Services hearing via @PPGreaterTX

Yesterday in a packed auditorium at the Texas Department of State Health Services, legislators, doctors and other supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered to speak out–sometimes through tears–against proposed rules that would bar Planned Parenthood from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program.

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Low-Income Women in Texas Lose Access to Birth Control, Other Services

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It’s time for politicians to admit this isn’t about defunding Planned Parenthood, it’s about defunding family planning.

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Rick Perry: We’ll Pay For Our New Women’s Health Program With the Medicaid Funds I Said I’d Reject

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Is he or isn’t Perry rejecting the Medicaid expansion?  Maybe even Perry doesn’t know.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Effort by Texas to Block Planned Parenthood Funding

A federal appeals court today rejected the state of Texas’ efforts to block women’s access to preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers while a lawsuit on the issue proceeds.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Effort to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

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A federal judge today blocked the state of Texas from de-funding Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, and excluding them from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program (WHP).  

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At Wits’ End: One Woman’s Story Highlights Texas Women Left In Limbo As Legal Battle Over Planned Parenthood Begins

As the State of Texas and Planned Parenthood take their fight for the Women’s Health Program to court, Texas women are left wondering where they will get the health care they need–and when. This is just one woman’s story out of 130,000.

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