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 [...]
In 2010, Republicans won a decisive majority in the US House of Representatives and in many state legislatures around the nation. And lawmakers in several of those states have cut funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations.
Historically in Texas, legislators saw family planning programs as a fiscally responsible solution to growing state costs stemming from unplanned pregnancies. But by the state’s last legislative session, conservative thinking in the Lone Star State had shifted.