Planned Parenthood Will Close Several Clinics in the Upper Valley

Planned Parenthood Will Close Several Clinics in the Upper Valley
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POSTED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 6:09pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:31am

MCALLEN- Dozens of supporters lined the streets in front of the Planned Parenthood headquarters in McAllen protesting the state's decision to cut preventative healthcare for women across the state.

15,000 women will be affected in the upper valley. Close to 300,000 will lose a number of services across the state.

the center will still provide discounted fees and free birth control for women who qualify. By the end of the month, clinics in Rio Grande City, Progreso, San Carlos and Mission will be forced to close. Planned Parenthood calls the cuts unfair and devastating.

Planned Parenthood fought the budget battle as long as they could and even though they were forced to make difficult decisions about the operations, they insist they'll still be around.

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one question....Who pays for these services?????
How about calling it PLAN TO PAY YOUR OWN BILLS FROM NOW ON!!!

The state pays part, and the patients pay the other part.

FYI, the reason Texas has an interest in preventing unplanned pregnancies is that it saves them money. None of the women who have been cut from the family planning program qualify for Medicaid-- until they become pregnant. It costs $200 on average for a year of family planning verses $11,000 for a Medicaid-paid birth.

Slashing the family planning program will cost Texas $230 million in additional Medicaid costs.

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