Planned Parenthood Out of Cancer Screening Program
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As part of the GOP's ongoing fight against Planned Parenthood, poor, uninsured women in Texas will soon be unable to obtain government-subsidized breast and cervical cancer screenings at the organization's clinics.
In an effort to boot Planned Parenthood from the joint state-federal Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, Texas lawmakers wrote a provision into the state budget to prohibit clinics affiliated with abortion providers from receiving taxpayer funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings. That state budget takes effect Sept. 1.
Cutting off the dollars Planned Parenthood received from the cancer screening program had long been a goal of Texas Republicans, who have likened directing any state funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates to endorsing abortion. Their efforts have intensified in recent weeks, following the release of a series of undercover videos — including one from Houston — showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing fees for providing tissue from aborted fetuses to medical researchers.
In fiscal year 2014, Planned Parenthood served 2,938 of the 33,635 total women who received services from BCCS providers — about 9 percent.
That year, Planned Parenthood clinics received a combined $1.2 million in funding for providing Texas women with a total of 910 clinical breast exams, 278 mammograms and 1,854 Pap smears.
(To apply for the Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer program, a woman must be screened and diagnosed by a BCCS provider.)