Abbott signs proposal eliminating cancer screening funding to Planned Parenthood

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Greg Abbott signed a proposal Saturday that eliminates Planned Parenthood from the state’s cancer screening program to low-income women.

Despite Abbott signing off on the proposal, Planned Parenthood vowed to keep a presence in Texas. In this plan, lawmakers added a provision to prohibit clinics affiliated with abortion providers from receiving breast and cervical screening funding.

Because of regions with limited access to medical facilities, some clinics that otherwise would be eliminated may stay if the state cannot find another medical provider. 

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings provision nixes the last taxpayer dollars Planned Parenthood will receive in Texas.

The budget plan eliminating Planned Parenthood from the screening program takes effect Sept. 1.