Wasting your tax dollars

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There are 38 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) that receive state funding through the Texas Pregnancy Care Network (TPCN), the sole contractor of the Texas Alternatives to Abortion Program.  The Texas Legislature has increased the funding to the Texas Alternatives to Abortion Program over the years, and has most recently budgeted for $5,150,000 in 2014.  The TPCN receives almost 100% of Texas Alternatives to Abortion Program’s money which they disperse to CPCs, adoption agencies and maternity homes.  As of 2014, there are 60 organizations that are funded through TPCN, 62 percent of which are CPCs. While the public can easily view recipients of taxpayer funds, the Alternatives to Abortion Program’s funds are funneled through the TPCN. TPCN does not publicly release information about the funding they give to each organization, making it impossible to know how much taxpayer money is going to individual CPC or to CPCs as a whole.  State funds to TPCN have steadily increased since the organization’s inception; they received over two million dollars in 2009 and now receive over five million dollars per year (as of September 2014). Over 23.5 million dollars of taxpayers’ money has gone to TPCN in the past five years. 

For more on the TPCN and CPCs’ other funding sources, see Tales of the TPCN.