GOP lawmaker demands answers over Planned Parenthood study

Planned-Parenthood clinic
Planned-Parenthood clinic

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A powerful Republican lawmaker is demanding that Texas health officials explain why two state employees co-authored a study suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are curbing access to women’s health services.

State Sen. Jane Nelson sent a letter Friday to Texas Health Commissioner Chris Traylor. Her request is the latest fallout from a New England Journal of Medicine study that has angered Republicans, who say the findings are flawed and biased.

The study found that fewer Texas women obtained long-acting birth control after GOP lawmakers booted Planned Parenthood from a state women’s health program in 2013.

Two researchers with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission were among the study’s five co-authors.

Traylor hasn’t said whether he will punish his employees. But his spokesman says they agree with Nelson’s concerns. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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