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running head: LIFE FOR WOMEN IN TEXAS AFTER DEFUNDING OF PLANNED

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The Life of Women after Texas Defunds Planned Parenthood


Miranda Sapp
HLAD 305
11/21/16

running head: LIFE FOR WOMEN IN TEXAS AFTER DEFUNDING OF PLANNED


PARENTHOOD

Topic: How life is like for women in Texas after the defunding of Planned Parenthood
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of the defunding of planned parenthood
in Texas
Thesis: Texas started the legislation to defund planned parenthood, the way
contraception has changed, and the quality of care.
1. Several states have tried to defund Planned Parenthood, for one reason or
another. Mainly the reason is because the governments do not agree with
abortion. And since a woman can go to Planned Parenthood for an abortion
they want to get rid of it.
a. Each year, Planned Parenthoodreceives some 9,000 birth control
visits, and conducts approximately 3,000 pap tests, 3,000 breast
exams and 18,000 STD tests (Ziegler, Mary 2012, Sexing Harris: The
Law and Politics of the Movement to Defund Planned Parenthood)
b. As that quote states, it does more in a community other than just
abortions.
c. Most of their services are free, or close to free.
d. There are 10 states so far that have made moves to defund planned
parenthood, Texas being one of them, another being Wisconsin, and
Florida just to name a few.
2. The start of Texas defunding planned parenthood
a. 2007
i. Texas operated a Medicaid waiver program, the Womens
Health Program, with 90% of funding from the federal
government (Stevenson, Amanda 2016, Effect of Removal of
Planned Parenthood from the Texas Womens Health Program).
b. 2011
i. Texas legislature directed the program to exclude planned
parenthood affiliates (Stevenson, Amanda 2016, Effect of
Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Womens Health
Program).
ii. According to, Stevenson the Medicaid and Medicare federal
centers told Texas that by excluding medically qualified
providers violates federal law, so they would not renew the
waiver but they would continue transitioning the funding
through the end of 2012.
iii. Texas then replaced the federally funded program with a nearly
identical 100% state-funded program (the Texas Womens
Health Program) that excluded clinics affiliated with an abortion
provider (Stevenson, Amanda, 2016 Effect of Removal of
Planned Parenthood from the Texas Womens Health Program
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running head: LIFE FOR WOMEN IN TEXAS AFTER DEFUNDING OF PLANNED


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1. So pretty much the Texas government just wanted to get


rid of the abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood.

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2. The Texas Womens Health Program is a good idea for the


state of Texas and the state of womens reproductive
health. Because this program will still do the pap tests,
STD testing, and the cancer screenings and breast
exams.
c. In 2011, Texas enacted the most radical legislation to date, cutting
funding for family planning services by two thirds from $111 million
to $37.9 million for the 2 year period (White, Kari et al. 2012, Cutting
Family Planning in Texas).
i. Texas is the state that really wanted this gone. They cut funding
as soon as they could within legal limits.
After all was said and done, and Texas banned Planned Parenthood because
of the abortions that they provided.
Junda Woo C, did a study on contraception use in Texas mainly on women
getting the depo shot and whether they got the next shot after the ban went
into place.
a. Of the 2099 women who obtained DMPA at both Planned Parenthood
affiliates, 1769 did not return to Planned Parenthood (Junda Woo C,
2016, Womens Experiences after Planned Parenthoods exclusion from
a family planning program in Texas).
b. According to the article, only 56.8% of the women got the shot at no
cost, even though it was supposed to be free for 100%.
Most people are saying now that restricting access to reproductive health
care is discriminatory against women.
Planned Parenthood is also a high quality health care place, for it being free
and run by the government.
a. Opposed to other clinics around, especially in high urban areas.
Overall, Texas has chosen to defund Planned Parenthood, some people are
saying that it is a major step back for womens rights.
a. Texas started the legislation to defund planned parenthood, the way
contraception has changed, and the quality of care.

running head: LIFE FOR WOMEN IN TEXAS AFTER DEFUNDING OF PLANNED


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Reference Page
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