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Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Plans To Defund Planned Parenthood Will Cost His State Bigtime

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Since fading from our national memory as the presidential candidate who couldn't remember the Department of Energy, Perry has gone home to oversee the dissolution of what was once a decent health-care partnership with the federal government, the Women's Health Program. Its replacement, an entirely state-run and -funded program of the same name, launched January 1 with rules that exclude Planned Parenthood. As a result, Texas is no longer eligible to receive the $200 million--plus a year that Medicaid provided to Texas to care for low-income women, a fact that doesn't bother Perry one whit. PLUS...The unplanned pregnancies that will result from these cuts, moreover, are estimated to cost the state $231 million.

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