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5th Circuit Hears Arguments On Texas Planned Parenthood Fight

5th Circuit Hears Arguments On Texas Planned Parenthood Fight

Attorneys for Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates were in court this week to protect access to preventive health care including cancer screenings, birth control and annual exams for the 52,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Program (WHP) and cared for by Planned Parenthood.

Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) administration has made cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood a top priority and is in the midst of pushing that issue through the judiciary, regardless of the consequences to women and especially low-income women. “This case isn’t about Planned Parenthood — it’s about the women who count on us,” said Ken Lambrecht, of Planned Parenthood of North Texas. He continued:

We are confident in the merits of our case and are optimistic that the Appeals Court will maintain the District Court’s injunction, which preserves access to preventive health care services for tens of thousands of women.    Governor Perry has already thrown 160,000 women off of health care for partisan political reasons.  There will be more to come if this unconstitutional rule is not stopped.

Planned Parenthood works every day to keep women healthy.  Given that one in four women in Texas lack health insurance, and we have one of the nation’s highest rates of cervical cancer, Planned Parenthood remains as committed as ever to continuing to care for all women who rely on us.

The attacks on public health financing is not unique to Texas–both Arizona and Ohio have made their own attempts at de-funding Planned Parenthood but so far Texas’ challenge is boldest and most defiant to date.

The Perry administration has made the argument that they will be able to create a new and functionally equivalent WHP that does not rely on Medicaid funds and delivers the same level of care to low income women in Texas. So far we’re still waiting to see if that is the case.

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7:34PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

10:43AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

A person who's a slave, who has no legal right to refuse sex with her owner, is in a position where consent can never be truly freely given (and no one can know the realities of how Hemmings felt or what she wanted except Hemmings herself). We reasonably today say that an employer, due to his position of authority, should not ask for sex from an employee, just as a teacher (who's in the same position of authority) shouldn't instigate sex with a student. Too often those subordinate people feel they have no choice but to 'consent' in order to protect themselves.

And one doesn't keep a person in slavery whom one genuinely respects as a person. Jefferson had an extraordinary amount of greatness in him; however his slave-owning habits and his lack of significant effort towards trying to abolish slavery don't do him credit (nor was he merely a man of his time - some of his intimate contemporaries were abolitionists).

9:54AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

What makes you think she was not allowed to say no? Of course she was allowed to say no, Jefferson was not a rapist and treated his slaves with a great deal of respect (actually he was amazingly respectful of his slaves which was not ordinarily the case with most slave owners).

9:45AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

If she isn't allowed to say no it isn't consensual.

9:39AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Heather-That was not the nature of the relationship. Are you arguing that a slave could not enter into a consensual relationship? There is nothing in the historical record to support that Sally Hemmings was in any way coerced into her relationship with Thomas Jefferson, quite the contrary, all sources indicate that it was a mutually consensual, beneficial, and loving relationship.

9:34AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

How could a slave woman who has no legal rights refuse to have sex with a man who owns her body?? She can't. The relationship can not be characterized as consensual.

8:21AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Heather-I liked your general point but I have to object to your statement about Jefferson "raping" his slaves. The is little doubt that he had a long term relationship with Sally Hemmings, who was his slave (and his dead wife's half-sister) but to characterize the relationship as "rape" is unfair. Jefferson was a slave owner but he was not a rapist.

8:16AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Brad B, do you also think the Declaration of Independence should be thrown away since it was written by Thomas Jefferson who now only owned slaves but also raped them??

7:58PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Brad B.-Don't come here and link to a site trashing Margaret Sanger with out of context quotes, half-truths, and lies. Sanger was a hero. What you are involved in is what we historians call "presentism." That is trying to apply contemporay standards to a historical figure. Margaret Sanger was a product of the early 1900s and she, like most people of that time, believed in eugenics (as did Teddy Roosevelt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Maynard Keynes, and most scientist and intellectuals.)

She was certainly not a racist. She worked diligently with the NAACP to help the black community. Most white people of that time period, even enlightened ones, would be considered racist today, because it was generally accepted that whites were intellectually superior to blacks overall. You see it is really hard to get rid of that kind of perverted thinking once it is installed into the psyche. It took generations to get rid of that sort of inherent racism, even among the good people of the day. That is why cognitive dissonance is so dangerous. The right has been pushing this bullshit attack on Sanger for years. It is still bullshit.

7:51PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Brad B.-Don't come here and link to a site trashing Margaret Sanger with out of context quotes, half-truths, and lies. Sanger was a hero. What you are involved in is what we historians call "presentism." That is trying to apply contemporay standards to a historical figure. Margaret Sanger was a product of the early 1900s and she, like most people of that time, believed in eugenics (as did Teddy Roosevelt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Maynard Keynes, and most scientist and intellectuals.)

She was certainly not a racist. She worked diligently with the NAACP to help the black community. Most white people of that time period, even enlightened ones, would be considered racist today, because it was generally accepted that whites were intellectually superior to blacks overall. You see it is really hard to get rid of that kind of perverted thinking once it is installed into the psyche. It took generations to get rid of that sort of inherent racism, even among the good people of the day. That is why cognitive dissonance is so dangerous. The right has been pushing this bullshit attack on Sanger for years. It is still bullshit.

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