Texas health department has planned to cut funding to Planned Parenthood Houston and the services will be provided by local health departments in the region. The contract has not been extended for a Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.
The $600,000 annual grant is set to expire on December 31 and the department has decided to not extend the contract with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. The contract is managed by the state but is federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The three-decade long HIV prevention program was launched in 1988. Under the program, 138,000 HIV tests have been conducted. The program indentified 1,182 HIV positive individuals. The program also tests for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis C.
Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, “The services will be provided by local health departments in the area.”
There have been protests against Planned Parenthood across the country. Many other states have also cut funding to the program.
Federalist writer Kimberly Ells recently pointed out that Planned Parenthood is perfectly fine with HIV-positive people who want to hide their status from their sexual partners. Ells added, “It’s all laid out in International Planned Parenthood Federation’s booklet for HIV-positive youth. Young people living with HIV have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status. Sharing your HIV status is called disclosure. Your decision about whether to disclose may change with different people and situations. You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.”
Planned Parenthood has been blamed for selling aborted babies as well. Utah has also cut funding to Planned Parenthood recently due to many controversies around the program.
Planned Parenthood, is a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health services in the United States and internationally. PPFA is an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and one of its larger members. PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2013, PPFA reported seeing 2.7 million patients in 4.6 million clinical visits and performing a total of 10.6 million discrete services including 328,000 abortions. They have a combined revenue of US$1.3 billion, including roughly US$530 million in government funding such as Medicaid reimbursements. Throughout its history PPFA has experienced support, controversy, protests and violent attacks.
Periodically, pro-life advocates and activists have tried to demonstrate that Planned Parenthood does not follow applicable state or federal laws. A 2005 review by the Bush administration's Department of Health and Human Services "yielded no evidence of clinics around the nation failing to comply with laws on reporting child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest." Beginning in 2010, Live Action has released several series of undercover videos filmed in Planned Parenthood centers. Live Action said one series showed Planned Parenthood employees at multiple affiliates actively assisting or being complicit in aiding a prostitution ring advising patients on how to procure sex-selective abortions, and one who said they would immerse a child born alive after a botched abortion in a chemical solution to make it stop moving and breathing.