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Defunding Planned Parenthood, The Battle Turns Uglier

Defunding Planned Parenthood, The Battle Turns Uglier

Republicans have made it clear that defunding Planned Parenthood is their number one priority, above any sort of educational, economic or environmental plan. It’s been announced that it’s now the 2012 “litmus test” for any Republican candidate, a step up from when you just had to state you were anti-abortion in order to pass muster. Just as after decades of use, the Hyde Amendment — which bans federal dollars from being used on abortions — is no longer good enough, and Republicans pushed for a “super Hyde” in H.R. 3 that would eliminate any exceptions, any need to renew it, and add extra conscience clause protection, “pro-life” is no longer good enough, now you have to be anti-abortion in all cases including rape, incest, health of mother, and even anti-contraception.

Indiana’s plan to cut off not only their own support of Planned Parenthood, but also all federal support for any Planned Parenthood that operates in their state, has met with opposition from the administration, who has declared that if a provider is qualified, the state cannot discriminate against it. Now, 28 Republican senators have thrown their weight in support of the state’s decision, complaining that the federal government is overstepping its bounds by telling states how to spend federal funds. Calling it a “significant departure from Medicaids longstanding practice of having the states not the federal government set reasonable standards for qualified providers,” the senators argue that the administration is pushing its own ideological view. Yet the Republicans seem to have no answer for how “we don’t like what else this provider does” passes as a “reasonable standard” rather than outright discrimination.

The senators point to the Indiana ban as “an important model for every state,” and no state has taken it as much to heart as the state of Tennessee. By passing their own Planned Parenthood ban, the state has now left so many women without access to free reproductive health care and family planning that private donors have had to step in to pick up the slack. If the state doesn’t reverse its ban, the local Planned Parenthood affiliates state that they will soon have to begin charging women for their services. Meanwhile, Republicans have given the nearly $1 million in funding that generally goes to Planned Parenthood to the Public Health entities, who have already declared they don’t have the capacity to deal with the new patients this would force them to take on.

Which is, of course, why the money was going to Planned Parenthood in the first place.

When STI rates, pregnancies and abortions increase, we know Republicans will refuse to see the consequences of their plans, since they firmly believe that those are all “punishments” for having sex for reasons other than procreation, or at least want to appeal to those have that mindset. But will the voters at least hold the politicians responsible, and will it already be too late?

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9:57PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

In a sense the repubs shot themselves in the foot (or the gut ... they're going to die), because they made me so mad that I called up Planned Parenthood immediately and began to donate monthly -- it's not much, but by donating monthly, it is the better way to help them, because they can plan their expenditures around an ongoing intake. Please, all women who care about womens' rights, donate monthly to P.P. I'm also an escort now. Take that, you patriarchal repubs -- you've reenergized the feminist movement!

2:41PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

As a female Republican, many assume that I support this kind of legislation. Personally, I don't understand anyone who does. All of the social ills that I believe are decreasing the quality of life in this country--nonexistent family values, violence, and environmental destruction--are all directly or indirectly tied to overpopulation. Birth control and family planning should be available to everyone.

3:56PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

William; I seriously would give Bibi no mind. I don't even read his/her/it's posts but check to see what other's have to say.

3:03PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

@ Bibi, Instead of worrying about the unborn why not help those already born.

6:37AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is an effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families. Our hope is that the emotional and physical pain of abortion will no longer be shrouded in secrecy and silence, but rather exposed and healed. Believing that women deserve better than abortion we pray this effort will make abortion unthinkable as every culture develops ways to help women and men embrace their pre-born children.

http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/

Just because its legal does not mean its right.

3:53AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

For instance, Title X money is not to be used for abortions. However, according to Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood’s abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas, it is used to gain the trust of women in minority neighborhoods in order to bring them into Planned Parenthood facilities, supposedly for health care, and then persuade them to become Planned Parenthood birth-control clients. Then, when the birth control fails, the organization has a built-in minority clientele for abortion, which Ms. Johnson says is Planned Parenthood’s big cash cow.

Planned Parenthood affiliates continue to build huge abortion megacenters in minority neighborhoods in an attempt to polish its image and gear up for the veritable tsunami of clients that will be headed its way under President Obama’s health care plan, which earmarks $11 billion for community health centers.

Is there no end to the amount of our hard-earned tax dollars that will be poured down the bottomless pit known as Planned Parenthood to quench this social-engineering agency’s thirst for sexualizing our children, stealing their souls and dumping the mutilated bodies of our children’s children into our nation’s waste bins?

3:26AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Abby Johnson is a woman, was the director at Planned Parenthood for two years and worked there for eight years. You want to disregard me? Fine. You should not disregard her.

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/08/opinion-defund-planned-parenthood/ Link to original article.

7:03PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Any Title 10/non-profit, is entitled to government tax subsidizing. 3% of what PPFA does is pro-choice! You are sadly mis-informed because of your own pathetic agenda. Funding that is donated by individuals as one time donations (which may result in multiples by one person on separate occasions) and from monthly members is put into one fund. That money is allocated for pro-choice purposes. Separate fund, separate medical situation.
You state you are not an authority yet you continue to not only rant about somethng you know absolutely nothing about but, you repeat the same tired old lies from tired old liars.
PPFA may have a battle to fight their way out of but in the end will be victorious for the wonderful care they have provided for 95 years now.
You should have stayed where you were because you seem not to know when to stop your nonsense. Post away because I am done bothering with the likes of you and it appears, everyone else is as well.

4:32PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

CONTINUED -- bundling them together so each appointment shows as one visit. This skews the numbers. You have an overwhelming number of "visits" for family planning compared to abortion, even though you may have seen the same number of patients.

Deception No. 2: Planned Parenthood wants to reduce the number of abortions in the United States. Nonsense.
Deception No. 3: Planned Parenthood's highest priority is women's health and safety.

Congress cannot consider itself an effective steward of taxpayer money if it continues to steer hundreds of millions of federal dollars every year to an organization that deliberately deceives the public and breaks the law.

I don't claim to be an expert on the government's fiscal priorities, but I do know from lengthy experience that the last place any taxpayer money should be going is to Planned Parenthood.
Abby Johnson



4:28PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Abby Johnson worked at Planned Parenthood's Bryan, Texas, clinic for eight years and was clinic director for more than two years. She is author of "Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line."

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/08/opinion-defund-planned-parenthood/ Link to original article.

Abby Johnson for AOL --

Planned Parenthood has been misleading Congress and American taxpayers for many years. I know -- I was part of the deception. For eight years I worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, and for two of those years I was the clinic's director.

Here are the ways Planned Parenthood is deceiving the public -- and taxpayers -- about what it does.

Deception No. 1: Taxpayer funds don't go to pay for abortions. This defies common sense and basic logic; of course taxpayer money helps to finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics.

As clinic director, I saw how money received by Planned Parenthood affiliate clinics all went into one pot at the end of the day -- it isn't divvied up and directed to specific services.

And while Planned Parenthood says abortions make up just 3 percent of its services, I found they used an sleight of hand, unbundling family planning services so each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 "visits" per appointment (12 packs of birth control would show up as 12 individual visits). It does the opposite for abortion visits, bundling them together so ea

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