Cuts to Family Planning Services Will Get One State 20,000 Unplanned Pregnancies

strollersIt looks like Texas is about to experience another boom. But this time it won't be oil -- it'll be babies! Texas legislators decided to defund what Rep. Bill Zeddler called "the abortion industry" by slashing funding for family planning. Because did you know? Family planning = abortion, y'all! Welp, we reap what we sow, Texas. We reap what we sow.

Thanks to these cuts, Texas is expecting 20,000 more unplanned pregnancies than usual. The Health and Human Services Commissions projects those unplanned pregnancies will add $273 million in costs to taxpayers. Ask any accountant, and they'll tell you that a relatively small budget cut that results in $273 million in new costs means you're flunking math. And the best part? They're not even getting what they think they paid for: fewer abortions. As governor Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

The state family planning programs that just got slashed aren't allowed to provide or even promote abortion. So there's that. (Also, "abortion industry" -- seriously?) But more importantly, there's the state's failure to exercise common sense. Did I mention these cuts are on top of the $73 million Texas cut in family planning programs in 2011?

I'm not sure Texas legislators got the memo that you can avoid unwanted pregnancies without resorting to abortion. (Psst., it's called birth control. Your wives are probably using it, guys.) And I don't know if they'll ever accept the reality that they're never going to get people to stop having sex with each other. Forget what's "fair" or "just" or what women "need" (orgasms that don't result in babies every time). Providing women's clinics that get people to use birth control saves money in the long run. 

Well anyway, I think that math/money lecture the Health and Human Services Commission gave Texas legislators finally got to them. Now they're all, "burr, hurr, hurr, I reckon we'd better scrape up $100 million for that family planning after all." Which is great -- that means less "oops" and more responsible behavior. Everyone in Texas wins.

Have you ever gotten birth control from a state-funded women's clinic?

 

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kelti... kelticmom

Here's a random thought: how about 20,000 women in Texas keep their legs closed or use a condom?

cooki... cookinmommyof1

I've never been on birth control, but my sister and several friends have gotten their birth control from family planning. Its cheaper and easier to get than waiting weeks for an nopening at the ob/gyn. No one ever said texas was full of geniuses.

kelti... kelticmom

I mean seriously, if you can't afford the pill/ous etc, and can't get them at a free clinic, is it so hard to use a condom or abstain from sex? People do know what pregnancy comes from right?

bills... billsfan1104

Another dare tactic and another war on women fear mongering.

It doesn't take months and months to get appointment, and these women can go to the free clinic or just get free condoms from there too.

nonmember avatar Anon

Considering texas already has daycares in their high schools due to their inability to teach about safe sex youd think they would realize theyre not going to change their constituants & learn to teach such in order to avoid continued funding towards irresponsible accidental pregnanciea

redK8... redK8blueSt8

Yep, its all  the governments fault that 20,000 unplanned pregnancies are heading to Texas.  One thing I would like clarified though, what "Family Planning Services" exactly are the ones getting cut? Planned Parenthood, or the other womens clinics that also exist but do NOT gain profit by killing unborn babies?

Bloom... Bloomie79

less providers = more pregnancies 


less funding = more pregnancies 


more pregnancies = more abortion


You can blame human nature all you want but you have to accept that the drive to breed is not going anywhere, people will have sex with or without access to healthcare.

Melan... MelanieJK

Good grief.     The taxpayers are supposed to feel guilty about not taking responsibility for this?!    How about the people having sex taking responsibility and being held responsible for it?


Condoms are cheap and easy to come by and they're better protection against sexually transmitted diseases than the pill.     Stop excusing irresponsible reckless behavior.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

If not from family planning, where should these cuts come from? Should they cut welfare more? Let a few families starve and go homeless all in the name of birth control? I'm not against family planning (or even abortion for that matter), but when cuts need to happen, they should be near the top of the list for funding cuts. Its not an absolute necessity. When cuts start coming, everyone yells that it shouldn't be from the piece they use / support. But that moneys gotta come from somewhere...........

Venae Venae

Buy a fucking condom - if you can't afford them, then you sure as hell can't afford the baby that would result from not using one - or your AIDS drugs once you get infected.

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