AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas lawmakers are sending in new legislation to be considered next year. One of those bills would prohibit state funding for places that perform abortions in an effort to save tax dollars.
$20 million dollars from the state was given to places that deal with family planning last year. That number coming from the the Department of State Health Services. While lawmakers are on the lookout for ways to save money, Republicans are hoping to have new legislation passed next year that would prohibit funding for these places.
John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco says, "If we are thinking about the will of the electorate, thinking about money being very tight, thinking about any organization having to make an overwhelming case if it's going to be receiving tax dollars, and I don't think any organization that provides abortions passes that test."
While tax money from the state does not fund abortions, the money given now goes toward family planning at these places. Without state funding, places like Planned Parenthood would have to look for money in other ways or risk being shut down.
Some doctors say if these facilities cant get enough money to stay afloat, it might be more difficult for women to get abortions. Dr. Don Lewis in Waco says, "If there weren't a reasonably priced place to get legal abortions that are safe that are highly supervised, then the consequences might be that these people might go out and seek an illegal abortion. That certainly happened in the 60s and 70s."
Planned Parenthood declined to comment on the issue. We will have to wait until Legislature meets in 2011 to know the future of the bill. They convene Jan. 11 to discuss proposed bills.