Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) signed legislation that would reduce funding to family planning programs operated by the Department of State Health Services by $73.6 million, from $111.5 million in fiscal years 2010. Perry also excluded Planned Parenthood from receiving funding from Medicaid’s Women’s Health Program.
The provisions, some of which are scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 1, could result in 180,000 Texans losing access to STD and cancer screenings and contraception. The Texas Tribune explores the consequences of the defunding as part of its “31 ways Texans’ lives will change come Sept. 1” feature:
NARAL has more on Perry’s record of compromising women’s reproductive health.