The national debate over women's health has ratcheted up, especially with a new federal law that requires insurance companies to cover the full cost of birth control. But what about those who don't have insurance? In Texas, the Legislature has drastically reduced funding for family planning agencies that serve low-income women statewide. There are 41 agencies that receive funding today, down from 71 last year. Those organizations often operate multiple clinics that provide Texans with contraceptives and disease screenings.
Using the most up-to-date information available through the Texas Department of State Health Services, we have mapped out the locations of government-subsidized family planning clinics in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Not only are there fewer contractors each year, but those that receive grants are getting less money. During the 2011 session, lawmakers redirected virtually all state funds that have traditionally gone to family planning services to other programs. Today, nearly all public funding for these clinics comes from the federal government's four-decade-old Title X program, which is dedicated to family planning.
How to use the map:
If you click on the purple dots, you will see the agencies that are receiving temporary contract extensions through March 31. The green dots represent clinics that will receive federal funds dispersed by DSHS through March 2013.
The darker the color of the polygon, the higher the birth or fertility rate. (The counties in dark gray have populations and birth numbers so low that they skew the rate calculation, and are omitted.)
Fertility rate: This is the number of births per 1,000 females ages 15 through 44. It is calculated using the number of births by county in 2009 and population estimates for that age range in 2009 from the Texas State Data Center.
Birth rate: Birth rate is the number of births per 1,000 in population. It is calculated using the number of births by county in 2009 and the total population estimates in 2009 from the Texas State Data Center.
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