Texas Funnels Tax Dollars to Pro-Life Organizations


As thousands of Texans lose access to crucial birth control and family planning services because of deep funding cuts, the state has somehow managed to allocate more funding for pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. †The New York Times reports that conservative Texas politicians succeeded in adding $300,000 to a program called Alternatives to Abortion Services for the next two fiscal years, bringing total funding to $8.3 million.

This includes a network of around 26 crisis pregnancy centers, regulated by the nonprofit Texas Pregnancy Care Network (TPCN), which is contracted by the state to dispense $4 million to CPCs,†adoption agencies, social service agencies and maternity homes.

TPCN stipulates that “misleading a woman in crisis pregnancy about the scope of available services is neither compassionate or caring,” and refuses to allow its centers to provide spiritual counseling. †But at least one center affiliated with TPCN, Austin LifeCare, will not refer women to Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers. †This makes it difficult to believe that they present abortion as a meaningful option.

An estimated 1,500 women seek assistance from organizations like Austin LifeCare every month. †But walking into the clinic’s doors, it may not be readily apparent that the only medical procedures available on the premises are ultrasounds and pregnancy tests. †While it’s certainly necessary to provide support to the women who do choose to continue with their pregnancies (as, it should be noted, Planned Parenthood does), the fact that these are the only women’s health organizations receiving increases in state funding is disturbing in the extreme.

When asked about the cuts to family planning funding, Austin LifeCare executive director Pam Cobern said, “Thereís certainly a need for family planning. Iím not sure that organizations that have political agendas should be providing them.”

And you know, she’s right. †But the problem is, between Austin LifeCare and Planned Parenthood, it’s clear which organization has a political agenda beyond providing women with a full array of choices. †I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Planned Parenthood.

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Photo from Elvert Barnes via flickr.


Janice Redinger
Janice Redinger4 years ago

Ray, Mr. Rick "the anti-Christ" Perry, does not speak for all of Texas. The majority of us are the 99% who want him crucified on his ego and set asunder. I speak up more that here. So, calm down and join the fight.

Ray S.
Ray S.4 years ago

USE your VOICE or LOSE your VOICE so your (children)daughter's have a VOICE and FREEDOM of CHOICE!

WOMEN-MINORITIES--the POOR. REPUBLICAN'S are FOCUSED on you! (UNCLE SAM) want's you. If you don't start FIGHTING back,against and for the RIGHT'S their taking away,it will be to LATE.

REPUBLICAN'S are already in the process of taking away your VOICE by casting your VOTE your USING your VOICE and your right to CHOSE who you want in OFFICE.

They are doing it right now by manipulating VOTER'S registration by making it much more difficult and confusing to do from PROVING (WHO)you are (WHERE) you go to VOTE and (HOW) your going to get there.

WOMEN -MINORITIES the CALVARY is coming, the CALVARY is coming and the REPUBLICAN are going to RUN you right out of (DODGE) I mean TEXAS.SNAP OUT of IT!

The sad REALITY is, the people don't get it, because,POLITICIAN'S have a SILVER have a SILVER tongue they are SMOOOOTH talker's. Like FAST talking SALESMEN before you know it you bought the product you can't take back even if you keep your RECEIPT it will be a NO RETURN POLICY.

One EXAMPLE is:The big RECALL in STATE'S like WISCONSIN-OHIO (now) little late I'd say. They are now experiencing BUYER'S REMORSE.
The REPUBLICAN'S are like a sneaky COBRA snake with a very HARD,FAST- FURIOUS STRIKE of a DEADLY POISONOUS VENOM with NO easy ANTIDOTE AVAILABLE. Just like the above States I mentioned. Which will take your State year's to reco

Linda S.
Linda S.5 years ago

This is another reason NOT to vote for Perry.

Frederick D.
Frederick D.5 years ago

In the Constitution our founding fathers wrote "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof " I find it a stretch to conclude that they were trying to avoid controling women's bodies.

Janice Redinger
Janice Redinger5 years ago

Look up the 7 deadly sins, under greed. The republican party glosses over it, just like the church does. If it does not suit their interpretation, they are not going to use it. They refers to the fanatical, greedy politicians and preachers who simply want control over all they see, and beyond. The foundation of our country, education, is being threatened as well as the rights women have worked so very hard to get. Control a woman's body, you control it all. Use your bible to do it. This is one of the reasons the forefathers demanded a separation of church and state.

Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

Why do Republicans hate women so much?

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Frederick D.
Frederick D.5 years ago

Yes, of course, we can view instances where a child is born ill or disabled and wonder would it not be better had he/she not been born at all. However, the same principle applies. He/she is the same person before or after birth, so abortion before birth or killing after birth seems very little different. Yet one we accept with little reservation, while the other makes us recoil. Further, judging whether a life is worth living or is not, is very difficult. The world would be a poorer place without Stephen Hawking, or even Mattie Stepanek.

Janice Redinger
Janice Redinger5 years ago

No, the mother does not have the right to terminate her child after birth. Those cases usually involve mothers who are really mentally ill, like with postpartum depression that turns in to psychosis, that no one bothered to see or help in some kind of way. Then there are those who are truly evil. Men do not have a patent on that commodity.
I have worked in NICU when a crack, alcohol or other type infant come in. It's so very sad. Usually the moms came in and delivered, then walked away. That baby stays in foster care for a long time, after staying in neonatal ICU for months on the taxpayers' dime. Then the baby has multiple disabilities from the drugs and stays on state programs for all it's life.
So, you can understand why I would be pro planned parenthood,pro sex education in schools and pro abortion for those mothers that are unable to carry a child that might be severely ill itself. When the mother is in some kind of severe danger, the docs might deliver early.

Frederick D.
Frederick D.5 years ago

The laws of our country allow abortion at any stage of pregnancy. So it is possible that an unwanted child may be aborted minutes, days, or weeks before natural birth. The only difference between such a late term child, before and after birth, is how his/her blood is oxyginated and nourished. He/she is the same person, with the same mind, with the same heart, before and after birth. Yet we allow him/her to be aborted before birth, but recoil in horror when we hear of a newborn being smothered and disposed of by his/her mother. If a mother may choose to abort her child, why does she not have rthe choice to terminate her child after birth? He/she is the same child, the same person. The reasons are the same: "I can't afford this child:" "I have too many children:" "I have other plans for my life." It's just another choice. I cannot believe that abortion is any different than infanticide. Both are damaging to our society.

Hope W.
Hope W.5 years ago

Hi, I am from Texas, I grew up in the county that had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country more then one time. While I believe in abortion if the mother's life is i jeopardy, I don't think it right to terminate life, when there are so many people who can't have children, or want to adopt children. To me, I don't believe a child should be punished for the actions of their parents. I know there are many sides to this issue, and raising kids in a hostile enviorment is one. It is sad for children to be abused, but I still believe they have a right to live. Some "unwanted" children actually make mothers stronger, and strive to reach better education and living conditions not only for themselves but for their families. Yes there re people who live in Texas who are pro life, don't eat meat, and don't own guns. Texas is also the second lowest funded in mental health, andlargest producer of carbon emissions.... :