A few weeks ago, the media was touting a study out of Texas which purported to show that, as a result of Texas not funding Planned Parenthood, women were hurt and more babies were born whose births were funded by Medicaid. I remember that it claimed the number of extra “welfare babies” was higher than the total of births. Of course, the media had a heyday. Well, the author of the “study” has lost his job for producing it on state time. The study is now being discredited all together.
Our friend, Michael New PhD, had this to say about the study:
[T]he study analyzes Medicaid births only among a specific subset of Texas women — those receiving injectable contraceptives through the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP). It did not consider Medicaid births among Texas women receiving other kinds of contraceptives though the TWHP. It also did not consider data on either unintended pregnancies or abortions — both of which would be useful in evaluating the impact of the state’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood.
… Overall good public-health data from Texas indicates that since Planned Parenthood was defunded, abortions have gone down significantly. Additionally, the overall birth rate has gone down slightly. Most importantly, there is no evidence that the unintended-pregnancy rate has gone up. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, these important statistics have gone largely unreported by the mainstream media.