Attacks on Planned Parenthood Are Devastating Women’s Choice, New Study Confirms

A new study confirms that politically-motivated attacks on Planned Parenthood are hurting low-income women, who are losing out on access to birth control as clinics are increasingly forced to reduce their shutter their doors.

Texas, where the conservative legislature has led a campaign to defund the public health organization, has seen “adverse changes in the provision of contraception” in the state, according to a new study publishedWednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In the two years since the state cut off public funding for the organization, areas with a Planned Parenthood saw a drop by more than 30 percent in provisions of the most effective reversible methods of contraception—injections, implants, and intrauterine devices (IUDs)—while Medicaid-paid births jumped by 27 percent, researchers with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at the University of Texas at Austin found.

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