Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is lamenting the "devastating consequences" after her clinics were defunded by Republicans in Texas; that is, more babies have been born.
Richards' reaction comes after a study appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine that pinned the drop in low-income women obtaining contraception on the state defunding Planned Parenthood (PP) clinics. The researchers looked at the rate of various birth-control prescriptions before and after the PP exclusion and found they dropped by one-third. However, the study admits being unable to directly correlate the findings with the policy change, but that didn't prevent them from doing just that:
Our data are observational and cannot prove causality. However, our analyses suggest that the exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates from the Texas Women's Health Program had an adverse effect on low-income women in Texas by reducing the provision of highly effective methods of contraception, interrupting contraceptive continuation, and increasing the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid.
Births covered by Medicaid were found to have increased by 27 percent during the same time frame. This prompted Richards to condemn those who challenge PP:
This new research shows the devastating consequences for women when politicians block access to care at Planned Parenthood. Politicians have claimed time and again that our patients can simply go to other health care providers — and tragically that's not the case. Instead, women were left out in the cold.
Texas is fast becoming a cautionary tale for politicians in Ohio, Utah, and other states targeting care at Planned Parenthood.
The Los Angeles Times ran this headline: "After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies." (Oh, the horror!)
NBC News's coverage included reference to a separate study that linked a Texas law intent on restricting abortions but backfired, leading to more home abortions.
Vox cried, "When Planned Parenthood becomes less accessible, women just get less care."
But mainstream voices weren't the only ones up in arms. Many took to Facebook to express their disgust with Texas Republicans:
Of interesting note: the study, led by the University of Texas Austin, was funded by Clinton donor/supporter Warren Buffett.