New York Times Misuses Data to Criticize Defunding of Planned Parenthood

By Chuck Donovan
March 17, 2017

Earlier this week, The New York Times ran a piece responding to Congress’ current plan to reallocate Planned Parenthood funding.

The piece is little more than a recycling of old, problematic studies conducted by a partisan research group, combined with both anecdotal and selective evidence drawn from interviews and media reports.

The article also completely ignores the benefits women will receive from the infusion of new funds into community health providers. Such health providers can address a wide range of women’s health needs without subjecting women to Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda.

First, the Times discusses a “study” produced last year by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project—nicknamed TxPep—which found that reallocating funds away from Planned Parenthood led to an increase in Medicaid births and costs in the Lone Star State.

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