I just moved back from Texas, so I'm a bit sensitive about political stories coming out of the Lone Star state. During my time there, I covered a lot of stories about women's health. (Here's a link to a series I worked on last spring about the battle over family planning. Please note that I...

I just moved back from Texas, so I’m a bit sensitive about political stories coming out of the Lone Star state. During my time there, I covered a lot of stories about women’s health. (Here‘s a link to a series I worked on last spring about the battle over family planning. Please note that I was a news reporter at the time for a non-partisan media organization.)

This week, my former Texas Tribune colleague, Becca Aaronson, wrote about new research featured in the New England Journal of Medicine‘s latest edition that reports mass clinic closures statewide and increased costs for women who have no other means to pay for preventive services.

How did we get here? Last year, the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature voted to reduce family planning funding by two-thirds over the next biennium, from $111 million to $37.9 million. That’s a 66 percent cut. What program can sustain such a sudden reduction? Already, more than 50 clinics have shut down.