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Study Suggests Funding Cuts To Family Planning Affect Teen Birth Rates In Texas

Defunding of family planning services in Texas over the last few years correlates strongly with a spike in teen pregnancy and birth rates, according to a new study.

Nationwide, teen pregnancy and birth rates are seeing a downward trend. However, in Texas, the data show that this downward trend has slowed dramatically over a four-year period.

This happens to correlate strongly with the state’s broad defunding of family planning services, including Planned Parenthood. Those cuts began in earnest in 2011 under then-Gov. Rick Perry.

A new study examines the connection, and we learn more from researcher Analisa Packham from Miami University (Ohio).