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While Cutting Family Planning Funds, Texas Lawmakers Divert Millions To Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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Even more telling, Perry appeared at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Source for Women CPC in Houston last September, delivering glowing praise of the center as one of the “cornerstones in the creation of a world without abortion.” After kicking Planned Parenthood out of a life-saving Medicaid program, Perry reported the chain of state-funded CPCs would eventually replace the reproductive health center, proclaiming proudly, “[t]he Source for Women clinics, in fact, will be part of Texas’ own Women’s Health Program, and Planned Parenthood will not be.”

“I don’t think it’s any coincidence that at the same time the state is enacting legislation and putting in place a funding scheme that closes down legitimate, unbiased, full-spectrum reproductive health clinics, they’re also giving more money to biased, religious centers,” said Busby.

“They are taking away women’s options, they’re taking away their access to unbiased, scientific, medically accurate facilities and leaving them with nothing but anti-choice centers to turn to. And I think it’s going be a disaster for the state,” she continued.

After careful consideration, Gonzales followed through with her decision to undergo an abortion. Today, she is a Houston-based attorney married to the man that she once became pregnant by. When she reflects on her choice, one that could have been clouded by the pressure from the CPC, she realizes if not for her steadfast resolve, the counselors could have coerced her into what she viewed as the wrong direction.

“I can’t imagine what it would be like for someone who didn’t have as much support around her or didn’t have a clear idea of what she was going to do,” said Gonzales. “To have someone mislead you about what you should be doing can really impact your right to choose.”

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