Planned Parenthood Official Says Texas Clinics Will Have To ‘Cut Corners’ Without Women’s Health Program Funds

Now that Texas has forfeited millions in Medicaid funds for women’s health because Republicans cut off Planned Parenthood from the program, the organization’s local affiliates in Texas are preparing to cut back, said Rochelle Tafolla, vice president of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. She told the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff that they are not anticipating closing clinics, but “we are going to have to figure out ways to cut corners to make sure we’re here when women need us.” Texas’ Women’s Health Program, which is no longer receiving federal funds that made up 90 percent of the program’s funding, provided access to health care for 130,000 low-income women. “To see that Governor Perry would rather score political points than focus on women’s health care, it strikes me as a pretty callous move forward,” Tafolla said.