Texas Providers Urge More Women's Health Funding 2/14/13
February 14, 2013
AUSTIN - A new coalition of Texas health providers want more
funding for women's health programs after the state cut off money to Planned
Parenthood and other clinics.
The Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition that debuted Wednesday doesn't
include Planned Parenthood, which Republican lawmakers targeted in 2011 under a
bill that prohibits abortion-affiliated providers from participating in a state
health program for low-income women.
The Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospital Association are among the
Dr. Janet Realini, a chief organizer behind the coalition, says state budget
drafts indicate that family planning services will mean 147,000 fewer women will
receive preventive care and family planning than in 2010.
A Texas judge last made a key ruling last month refusing to allow Planned
Parenthood to rejoin the Texas Women's Health Program.