TxPEP Finds Texas Women Face Significant Barriers Accessing Family Planning Services
On May 11, TxPEP published announce the publication of Barriers to Family Planning Access in Texas: Evidence from a Statewide Representative Survey. The 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.
From waiting periods to convenient access, Texas law makes it easy to buy a gun. Basic healthcare? Not so much
In the days following the motorcycle gang shooting in Waco, Salon compared the lack of a waiting period and limited restrictions gun purchases in Texas to the barriers accessing abortion care and family planning services. (May 20, 2015)
TxPEP Researcher Amanda Stevenson testified in a Texas senate committee against HB3994, which RH Reality Check says "places stringent restrictions on the process by which abused and abandoned teens can access abortion care." (May 19, 2015)
Excellent review by the Texas Monthly of the legislation related to abortion access proposed in 2015, including ID requirement, insurance coverage, and nonviable fetuses. (May 14, 2015)
The Texas Tribune reports "more than half of Texas women faced at least one barrier to accessing reproductive health care in the years after lawmakers dramatically altered the state’s family planning services, according to a new report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project." (May 12, 2015)
RH Reality Checks writes "More than half of Texans who were surveyed in a new university study said that they have faced at least one barrier to accessing cervical cancer screenings, family planning care, or other reproductive health services." (May 12)