The Texas state legislature made substantial cuts to family planning funds in 2011, which is estimated to result in almost 24,000 more children born to low-income women in 2014-15 and cost taxpayers $273 million, reported the Texas Tribune.
Now, those numbers are leading some lawmakers to shift their position, although the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board released similar numbers when the law was being debated in 2011.
The original legislation, passed by a Republican-dominated legislature, was meant to deliver a blow to Planned Parenthood, a target of anti-abortion activists, although no Texas state funds can go to abortion services.
Republican state Sen. Bob Duell said that the government should not be involved in family planning, “But you have to look at what happens if we don’t.”
A spokesperson for Gov. Rick Perry would not state a firm position either way on the debate, only stating, “Every two years we take a fresh look at our resources and our needs.”
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