This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2013-10-02
As a part of ALL’s just-released meta-study of Planned Parenthood, STOPP researchers analyzed the teen pregnancy rate in 16 counties of the Texas Panhandle. In those counties, over an 11-year period, closures of Planned Parenthood facilities were ongoing in the face of strong community opposition to the abortion giant’s presence.
Our study of teen pregnancy rates in the Amarillo area was prompted, in part, by news reports that Texas Department of Health State Services statistics for 2010 showed that the teen pregnancy rate is lower in Potter and Randall Counties of Texas-where Planned Parenthood’s business was focused and headquartered-than it has been since records have been kept.
The TDH statistics reflect the status of teen pregnancy two years after the last two Planned Parenthood centers in the service area of Planned Parenthood of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle disaffiliated from Planned Parenthood Federation of America.