Need the Know: March 15, 2013: The family planning fight continues

In the two weeks since the sequester began and the effects are already being felt. One of the federal programs being cut is funding of family planning clinics — those serving primarily low-income and uninsured individuals. With $15 million in cuts slated to happen over the next year, things such as cancer screenings, testing for sexually transmitted infections, and reproductive health care services might suddenly be unavailable to more than 100,000 primarily low-income women across the country.

This week's host, Scott Simon. Photo: Will O’Leary

Texas has already been down this road. In 2011, the state legislature slashed the budget for family planning services by $73 million dollars for 2012 and 2013. The result? More than 50 family planning clinics across the state closed. Need to Know’s Mona Iskander traveled there last summer and filed this report. (Get updates on the Texas situation.)

Anchor Scott Simon interviews Pam Belluck, a health and science writer for The New York Times, who looks at what’s happening to these programs in other states.

And from “American Voices,” Judy Norsigian, one of the authors of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” provides an historical account of women’s health policy debates over the past 40 years.

Read this week’s transcript.

(This episode was originally broadcast on December 7, 2012)

What’s on this week:

The family planning fight

Republican lawmakers in Texas have cut the state’s family planning budget by two-thirds, forcing many clinics that focus on women’s health to close across the state. But Planned Parenthood and women’s health advocates are fighting back, and Texas is “talking” about restoring some money. Get updates on the state of the battle.

Interview: Pam Belluck

Health and science writer for The New York Times Pam Belluck sheds some light on how state family planning budgets are faring across the nation.

American Voices: “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

A look through the historical debate over women’s health issues with author Judy Norsigian.

Web exclusive: Interview with Emily Ramshaw

Editor of the Texas Tribune Emily Ramshaw explains how family planning in Texas was once seen by Republican lawmakers as a fiscally conservative program.

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Comments

  • LOVING MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER

    THIS JUST WRONG! WHEN ARE THESE OLD MEN GOING TO ADOPT OR PROVIVE THE FUNS TO RAISE UNWANTED CHILDREN OR THE MOTHER HAS DIES OF OVARIAN CANCER DUE TO NO PRE SCREENING!

  • Mary

    never, men like him will never adopt or care for the unwanted children or their mothers because they could care less. They believe their dogma and don’t give a hoot about the people they affect with their dogma. They want women and children to live in poverty and then blame them for being poor.

  • James [So. Maine]

    Great show. Shows how it is not just a matter of interpreting the same facts differently, but that the conservatives have their own different “facts”. No wonder there can be no consensus.

  • Eileen Sabel

    WE ARE NOT A THEOCRACY,ROE CS WADE STILL IS LEGAL,there US a war on women,I am Jewish,NOT a fundementalist,being 62,disabled and poor,PP is esensal,for cancer screenings,rape,etc..but as a baby boomer,andd a child of the 60′s&a femminint ,I say the GOP are neo-Nazis,and dud anyone read”the Handmaids tale”?”NUFF SAID.