The Texas Senate has proposed changing how funding is distributed from the joint federal-state Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program to gut funding for Planned Parenthood. Opponents say the changes could disproportionately affect low-income women in rural areas and West Texas.
Under the Senate’s version of the state budget, dollars for clinics that offer breast and cervical cancer screenings for poor women would be prioritized for public entities like state, county and community health clinics. Private clinics that provide cancer screenings as part of “comprehensive” primary and preventive care would come in second place. Private specialty clinics, like Planned Parenthood, would only get cancer-screening funding if there’s money left over.
Use this map to see the locations of public and private providers that participate in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. Click the legend to see how the map could change, and zoom in to take a closer look at how different areas of the state could be affected by the proposed changes.
The funding mechanism, which has sparked concerns among providers and some lawmakers, is meant to target the 17 Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in the program. (Under state law, these clinics are already prohibited from performing abortions if they accept taxpayer dollars.) But under the proposed funding revisions, at least 34 providers not affiliated with Planned Parenthood — nearly one-fifth of those currently using program dollars — could see their funding reduced or cut entirely.
Program providers in rural areas of of the state and in West Texas say they will be most affected by the Senate's proposal. For example, all seven cancer-screening providers in the Panhandle would likely fall to second or third priority for funding. In the El Paso area, only one provider is likely to qualify for first-priority funding.
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