Texas has a large unmet need for affordable family planning services: roughly 2 million Texas women need publicly funded family planning, and in 2019, our key state family planning programs served 291,000 Texans.
Texas made several ill-advised and politically motivated decisions that have reduced access to critical services. The family planning safety net in Texas is still diminished and recovering from:
- dramatic budget cuts in 2011;
- the closure of more than 80 clinics;
- the exclusion of Planned Parenthood, which had been the state’s largest family planning provider;
- large and failed grants made to an unqualified provider now under investigation; and
- the constant upheaval of programs.