So we know that a huge majority of registered voters in Texas — 68 percent — say women having access to family planning and birth control is important. But what about state funding? Last month’s poll from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund found that an even larger percentage of registered voters in Texas — 73 percent — support state funding for family planning services for low-income women. That strong support stretches across ethnic and religious groups.
The Legislature slashed funding for family planning services for low-income women by two-thirds in 2011. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has estimated that those cuts will result in 23,760 additional births among low-income women in 2014-15. The additional cost to taxpayers of providing health care for those infants under Medicaid could be as high as $273 million.