Thursday, February 2, 2012

Women's Health Update

Last year, the Texas Legislature slashed family planning funding from $48.9 million to $12.4 million. The drastic cuts forced 37 low-income women’s health clinics to close. This drop-off threatens health care access for Texas women, reports the Healthy Futures Alliance of San Antonio (HFA). The family planning program is critical because it provides checkups as well as birth control (not abortion) and screenings for sexually transmitted disease and for breast and cervical cancer. Family planning funding saves Texas money by reducing Medicaid costs to care for unplanned pregnancies. When funding for these services stop, taxpayers foot the bill.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Jan. 31 it will pull breast exam funds from Planned Parenthood, citing the provider’s ongoing congressional investigation. Last year thousands of Texas women received breast exams at Planned Parenthood clinics through Komen grants. While the news is devastating, Planned Parenthood received a flood of support: 6,000 individuals contributed $400,000 to the organization in the last 24 hours to make up for the cut.

Update: The Susan G. Komen Foundation reversed their decision, and will keep funding Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports

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