“If this feels like a full-on assault on women’s health, that’s because it is.” —Hillary Clinton, August 8, 2015
Kari White, PhD, MPH, Kristine Hopkins, PhD, Abigail R. A. Aiken, MD, PhD, Amanda Stevenson, MA, Celia Hubert, MA, Daniel Grossman, MD, and Joseph E. Potter, PhD published “The Impact of Reproductive Health Legislation on Family Planning Clinic Services in Texas” in the 105th volume of the American Journal of Public Health, May 2015.
Why the study? In 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced significant funding cuts to women’s health care and family planning programs. Before Texas’ legislative cuts went into effect, Title X (Family Planning), Title V (Maternal and Child Health), and Title XX (Social Services) were funded by a federal block grant, which supported 72 qualified organizations in Texas (including Planned Parenthood and other non-profit affiliates). Funds also supported the WHP (Women’s Health Program), which provides Medicaid waivers to legal U.S. residents with poverty-level incomes.
In total, 336,967 women were served by these programs, 11,837 of them by PP specifically and 119,083 by the Medicaid waiver WHP program. This case study describes and analyzes the funding cut impacts and “provides valuable insight into the potential effects that legislation proposed in other states may have on low-income women’s access to family planning services.”