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Over $6 million awarded to women’s coalition

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The federal government is pulling millions in family planning funding from the state.

The sole grantee of Title X funds is a coalition, led by the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas.

The original amount for Texas was $14.5 million, but because of budget cuts and the sequester, a partial amount of more than $6 million dollars is being awarded to the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas.

This is the only federal funding stream dedicated for the exclusive use of family planning services, with low income and uninsured patients having priority.

Clinics where abortions are performed cannot receive Title X funding.

The Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas has a network made up of 34 providers, including Planned Parenthood, operating 121 clinics across the state.

Fran Hagerty, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, said "What Texas was attempting to do, by way of excluding Planned Parenthood from Title X...they concocted this priority funding tiered system...Planned Parenthood and these other organizations found themselves put into tier three, the lowest category, and in fact, the state defunded everyone who was in that bottom tier...We are saying, forget the tiered structure, that's out the window...We are only basing our decision making regarding who gets the money and how much they get, based on their ability to provide quality health care and meet all the Title X standards and how many women can they see? How many men and women can they serve?"

With the grant money, the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas Projects will be able to provide services to more than 160,000 women.

The next opportunity for them and the state to reapply for funding is in three years.

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