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TxPEP Finds Texas Women Face Significant Barriers Accessing Family Planning Services

On May 11, 2015 TxPEP published Barriers to Family Planning Access in Texas: Evidence from a Statewide Representative Survey. This research brief highlights women’s experiences accessing reproductive health care, as well as satisfaction with their current contraceptive method following major changes in funding and coverage of family planning services occurring in Texas between 2011 and 2014.
 
TxPEP found that Texas women face barriers to accessing effective contraceptive methods and report desire to use more effective methods. Our findings suggest that use of more effective contraceptive methods (long-acting reversible contraception including the IUD and implant, as well as female and male sterilization) would increase if all methods were available at no out-of-pocket cost.

2011 Texas Legislation Lead to Family Planning Clinic Closures, Reduced Services, and Uncertain Future

Legislation enacted in 2011 by the Texas legislature left large gaps in the reproductive health care safety net for low-income Texas women by cutting funds for family planning and restricting which providers could deliver services. 

In a study recently published online in the American Journal of Public Health, TxPEP researchers found that 25% of publicly funded family planning clinics in Texas closed in 2011-2013, and the ones that remained opened served 54% of the clients that they had in the previous period. Planned Parenthood affiliates and other specialized family planning providers, which were the targets of the legislation, experienced the largest reductions in services, but other agencies were also adversely affected. Read more here.

New Research Brief: Family Planning and Primary Health Care Programs in Texas

The TxPEP team has produced a new Research Brief on the Family Planning and Primary Health Care Programs in Texas, including evaluations collected from executive directors and program administrators at 31 organizations between November 2014 and January 2015. Download it here.

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Planned Parenthood Controversy Only Part of Family Planning Crisis

In USA Today, TxPEP researcher Amanda Stevenson noted that since the 2011 family planning funding cuts, 82 health centers have closed, some of which were run by Planned Parenthood.

Connection Drawn Between Planned Parenthood Funding Decrease and Abortion Increase

The Washington Post quotes TxPEP Principal Investigator Joseph Potter: “You’re removing contraception with this [defunding], and if you remove contraception, you get unintended pregnancies, which means more abortion.”

The TxPEP Fact Sheet "Ambulatory Surgical Center Laws and the Provision of First-Trimester Care" Updated July 6

The TxPEP Ambulatory Surgical Center Fact Sheet was updated July 6 to reflect the Supreme Court stay.

SCOTUS Rules Non-Ambulatory Surgical Centers May Remain Open

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on June 29th that abortion facilities that do not meet the requirements for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) may remain open while the case is under review.

Providing Highly Effective Contraception After Childbirth Can Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. The majority of these pregnancies occur among women who already have children, and often happen within two years of women giving birth. In a study recently published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, TxPEP researchers set out to find out how many women adopted highly effective methods, when they did so postpartum, how much this reduced risk of pregnancy within 18 months of delivery. (June 24, 2015)

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