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  •  It's hurting even more than that (4.00)
    A 2003 move by right-wing Texas State Senator Tommy Williams to defund Planned Parenthood might have backfired, but the law is still on the books. It says that no state funds may be given to any entity that provides abortion services. As a result, this fall UT's Southwestern Medical School in Dallas is closing its network of family planning clinics, depriving 35,000 low income women in Dallas County of their only access to family planning and primary health screening.

    Do any of the clinics or hospitals affiliated with UTSW provide abortions? Of course not. But because some doctors on the faculty might perform abortions in private practice, the medical school is so intimidated by the antiabortion mob that they fear the funding for their clinics could be revoked, and that they wouldn't be able to repay the state the $10 million needed to fund the clinics each year. So they're shutting down the whole operation.

    And Tommy Williams struck again this year, siphoning off $5 million in family planning funds to finance crisis pregnancy centers, a move that has already closed down a Planned Parenthood clinic in the very poor Rio Grande Valley, and that threatens to shut down other clinics across the state as well.

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