Texas Cuts to Family Planning Triple State Expenses

Dec 13, 2012 Full story: PerrSpectives

When a federal judge ruled in August that Texas can withhold millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Governor Rick Perry proclaimed it a "win for Texas women." As it turns out, Perry's crusade against Planned Parenthood isn't a win for either the women of Texas or the budget of the Lone Star State.

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Researcher

Killeen, TX

#1 Dec 13, 2012
"As the New York Times explained last week, "When state lawmakers passed a two-year budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics."

"Now, Texas Republicans are coming to grips with a looming budget boomerang:

"The latest Health and Human Services Commission projections being circulated among Texas lawmakers indicate that during the 2014-15 biennium, poor women will deliver AN ESTIMATED 23,760 MORE BABIES than they would have, as a result of their REDUCED ACCESS TO state-subsidized BIRTH CONTROL.

"The ADDITIONAL COST TO TAXPAYERS is expected to be as much as $273 million --$103 million to $108 million to the state's general revenue budget alone -- and the bulk of it is the cost of caring for those infants under Medicaid."

Yet another gigantic Perry screw-up!
Just Me

Fort Worth, TX

#2 Dec 14, 2012
Yes, Researcher, the sad thing is that most of these people fighting to take away women's right to choose are the same ones that are going to be complaining the most about taking care of their kids through welfare programs.

When will they learn? If they want to make the decisions for these women, then they will need to pay for the children that their actions brought into this world.

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