Target: Texas Legislative Council
Goal: Return the millions of dollars taken from Texas family planning services to Planned Parenthood
In 2011, Texas legislators passed a two-year budget that cut 73 million dollars from family planning services. This decision was more politically than financially motivated as many taxpayers in Texas didn’t want their dollars to go to controversial organizations, such as Planned Parenthood. As a result, low-income women and children have suffered, and the state now has to shoulder a heavy financial burden to care for them. Encourage Texas legislators to reconsider their decision.
In 2014 and 2015, it is estimated that low-income women in Texas will deliver 23,760 more babies than in previous years. This increase is attributed to a shortage of state-subsidized birth control. Many of these children will be cared for by Medicaid, costing taxpayers as much as $273 million in additional funds.
In the upcoming legislative session, Texas will now have to deal with a Medicaid financing shortage. In light of the extreme expense accumulated by cutting family planning services, several legislators have called for a return of some, if not all, of Planned Parenthood’s funding. While it will not prevent thousands of additional births, it may save money in the long run by stopping an upswing of births in the years to come. Legislators have expressed their regret at the funding decision, saying that they did not expect this extreme backlash of increased birth rates.
Sign the petition below and urge Texas legislators to return funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning services. These programs not only save money in the long run, but also are extremely important to low-income women in the state.
Dear Texas Legislative Council,
Planned Parenthood and similar organizations provide invaluable services to low-income women and children in Texas and nationwide. Family planning services allow women to take control of their reproductive health. Funding given to family planning services is a good investment because it keeps the birthrate low and helps reduce the number of women and children on Medicaid and welfare.
It is estimated that in 2014 and 2015 over 20,000 additional babies will be born to low-income women in Texas. These children could cost the state up to $273 million in Medicaid funding. Sending a political message to Planned Parenthood is not worth $200 million of state money.
I urge you to return the $73 million taken from family planning services. This money will come back to the state in lower Medicaid and welfare costs. Additionally, state-subsidized birth control will allow women in Texas to take control of their lives and reproductive health.
[Your Name Here]
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