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Fiscal Conservatism, Texas Style? Texas Family Planning Program Now Serves Fewer Clients for More Money

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Written by Andrea Grimes for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

Texans are now getting far fewer family planning services at a higher cost than ever, according to documents submitted to the Department of State Health Services council this week. Just 75,160 low-income clients received publicly-funded family planning services in fiscal year 2012, compared to 211,980 in fiscal year 2010. That was before conservative Texas lawmakers  slashed money-saving family planning funds in their 2011 legislative session.

That means Texas is spending more money -- about $37 per person -- to serve fewer than half the clients it saw two years ago.

This is fiscal conservatism? This is good money management?

This is Texas.

 

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