Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping feminist and health organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
Since January 1, 2013, 127,000 women across the state of Texas have been affected by the $73 million budget cuts that the Texas Legislature passed; removing Planned Parenthood’s access to public funds.
This affects all parts of the Texas community. It is preventing lower income men, women, and children from getting the care that they need.
Rick Perry is glad that they aren’t getting funding anymore because he doesn’t want to send taxpayers’ dollars to fund clinics that are affiliated with abortion care providers. Planned Parenthood fits into this category because it uses 1% of its budget on abortion care.
The Health and Human Resources Commission has said that other clinics are going to be able to treat thousands of more people and that we don’t need Planned Parenthood; but there have been studies done to contradict this. In fact, most of these clinics will not be able to expand due to limited resources and staff. Their lack of ability to provide comprehensive healthcare services to Texas citizens will only be worsened by the fact that they have even less funding now than they did in years past.
With that said, abortion is not the only service Planned Parenthood provides. They provide essential services as well, such as: screenings and treatment for STDs, cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and vaginitis; as well as providing regular health screenings, contraceptive care, body image work, emergency contraceptive care, and prenatal care to qualified residents. They provide many vital services to men, women, and children in Texas.