Planned Parenthood official urges WHP clients to schedule appointments before funding cutoff

Cecile Richards

To exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving any state funds, Gov. Rick Perry says Texas will stop accepting federal money for the Women’s Health Program.

The federal government contributes 90 percent of the funding for the program for low-income women. The governor said he will replace that money — about $30 million — with existing state funds.

According to Kelly Hart, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of North Texas, although the rule goes into effect today, PPNT was told it will be reimbursed through April 30.

“So call and schedule to get your annual now while you can,” Hart said.

Planned Parenthood national President Cecile Richards was in Dallas last weekend for a protest against the cuts.

The program affected, the Women’s Health Program, is for women 18–45 who are not on Medicaid, but would be if they become pregnant. It covers about 130,000 women a year in Texas.

Hart said there would be a huge cost to the state if these women become pregnant and that Texas already spends more than $2 billion a year on Medicaid births.

—  David Taffet