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Apr 2, 2013
Representative Jodie Laubenberg
Capitol Extension, Room CAP 1N.7
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Dear Representative Laubenberg (also sent to Senator Paxton),
Two years ago this week tens of thousands of Texas women lost access to
basic preventive health care when the legislature slashed family
planning budget by two-thirds. Please protect women's health in the
state budget by supporting funding for lifesaving breast and cervical
cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventive health care--and
ensuring women have access to the full network of qualified providers,
like Planned Parenthood. Family planning is good for women and good for
the state. In fact, every $1 spent on family planning saves the
taxpayers $4 and 73% of all voters believe Texas should fund family
planning services. Family planning is extremely cost-effective,
curbing rising health care costs and saving taxpayers money. Investing
in family planning is the fiscally responsible decision to make.
If this reduced access to birth control continues to happen, it is
expected to cost Texas taxpayers up to an additional $273 million.
Texas leads the nation in repeat teen pregnancies. We need greater
access to women's health care and education more than ever. It's a
matter of public health. The women of Texas need your help. Our
sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces, children, friends, wives, and
girlfriends need your help.
Health care providers in Texas are all deeply affected by budget cuts
and unable to address the need for women's health care without Planned
Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a vital part of the Texas health care
network and a longtime partner in saving the state money.
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