Planned Parenthood Merger About Efficiency, Advocacy

ADDISON — Texas Planned Parenthood advocates have been outspoken about the hits they have taken from state lawmakers in the last year — including major cuts to family-planning financing, a new abortion sonogram law and being booted from a Medicaid health program for poor women.

They have been far quieter about one of their plans to fight back: merging three regional Planned Parenthood branches — North Texas, Austin and Waco — into one $29 million-per-year, 26-clinic mega-organization.

The merger — approved by all three boards Wednesday — will create Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, the eighth-largest affiliate of the nation’s most ubiquitous reproductive health and ...

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