April 20, 2012 — Texas' Planned Parenthood affiliates in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco on Wednesday announced that they will become one organization in a merger effective on Aug. 31, KXAN reports (KXAN, 4/18).
Planned Parenthood of Central Texas, Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region and Planned Parenthood of North Texas will form the new organization, to be called Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The new organization is expected to serve more than 120,000 Texas women in 2013 at its combined 26 health centers.
The merger is intended to make the organization more efficient in the face of state budget cuts (Ramshaw, Texas Tribune, 4/18). The three organizations intend to establish an electronic health records system and reduce administrative duplication through the merger (KXAN, 4/18).
"By defunding family planning, the governor and socially conservative lawmakers are not only hurting the women Planned Parenthood serves," PPNT CEO Ken Lambrecht -- who will become CEO of the new organization -- said, adding, "They're hurting women across the state. We hope this will enable us to be a stronger voice for all those women" (Texas Tribune, 4/18).