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Need to Know: Dec. 7, 2012: The family planning fight

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

Need to Know examines how the Texas legislature has slashed funding to family planning programs because conservative lawmakers believe these programs may encourage women to get abortions.

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.

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.

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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