The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes "Cutting Family Planning in Texas"
Wed, September 26, 2012
In "Cutting Family Planning in Texas," TxPEP investigators Kari White, Daniel Grossman, Kristine Hopkins, and Joseph E. Potter discuss the mechanism through which massive family planning budget cuts are affecting reproductive health in Texas.
Moreover, they argue that "Time will reveal the full effects of these budget cuts on the rates of unintended pregnancies and induced abortions and on state and federal health care costs. Already, the legislation has created circumstances that force clinics and women in Texas to make sacrifices that jeopardize reproductive health and well-being. This unfortunate situation does offer an opportunity to compare outcomes such as contraceptive use, unintended pregnancy, and abortion in Texas and other states, such as California, that have less restrictive family planning policies. Such comparison could provide important information about the impact of these policies. Debates about funding in Congress and in other states should consider the results of such research and take a hard look at the implications for women, families, and comunities of restricting access to contraception."