Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

Filed in National by on July 12, 2017

Who could have predicted it? Actually, everyone except Republicans. The truth is, they are not concerned with the number abortions. They are concerned with punishing women for having sex. If anyone happens to know a so-called “pro-life” Republican who supports sex education and family planning, let me know. I’d like to shake that unicorn’s hand.

NEW YORK ― Republicans are trying to find a way to defund Planned Parenthood as part of an overall effort to limit abortion in America. But doing so had the opposite effect in Texas, according to a new study based on research from Texas A&M University.

The study, conducted by economics professor Analisa Packham (now at Miami University), shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family planning budget in 2011 and shut down more than 80 women’s health clinics, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state rose 3 percent over what it would have been had the clinics remained open. After cutting Planned Parenthood out of the state’s subsidized women’s health program, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his “goal” was to “ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.” But the move actually interfered with an overall downward trend in abortions in Texas.

“This certainly isn’t the way to have fewer abortions,” said Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN in Maryland and an advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health. “The abortion rates nationally have decreased and are at a historic low. So for Texans to see an increase in adolescent abortions is really telling ― it seemed to have followed the national trend until these clinics were defunded.”


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  1. alby says:

    Sometimes the results of an action can’t be predicted, and other times Republicans are doing the same stupid thing they did last time and expecting different results. See Kansas.

  2. bamboozer says:

    As noted failure has yet to stop Republicans from doing the same thing over and over again, same thing for their Evangelical coconspirators. Having lost every battle the social conservatives will try anything to get their way, as such they remain a good fit for the Republican party.