Austin, TX – Texas state officials have quietly awarded more than $8 million to an anti-choice organization operating a network of clinics that use anti-choice propaganda to dissuade people from seeking abortion services. [Rewire, August 14, 2018]
“Fisher’s wish has been granted by state officials. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on May 31 approved a $8,078,235 contract with Human Coalition to “expand services” and “increase the effectiveness” of the state’s Alternatives to Abortion (A2A) program.
The grant contract is funded by diverting $3 million from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a federal program that provides cash assistance for families with low incomes.
This isn’t the first time state officials divert crucial resources from safety net programs in place to help our most vulnerable Texans to anti-abortion groups:
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal K. Perkins issued the following statement:
“We should be making it easier for women to receive the healthcare they need, not harder. It’s a shame that the state would divert necessary resources for low-income Texans to organizations with a track record of deliberately deceiving and manipulating women seeking healthcare.
“Texas Republicans continue to peddle ideology over public health and in turn, Texans have to deal with the consequences of a dismantled reproductive healthcare infrastructure in our state.
“The right to an abortion should not solely exist on paper, it must be accessible and available.”