Look at the Tornado! Meanwhile, Oklahoma Defunds Planned Parenthood

Monday’s tornado left a lot of devastation in its wake, including the destruction of Planned Parenthood. Granted, the tornado itself had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood, but the Oklahoma Congress sneakily capitalized on its citizens’ distraction to push through a bill that effectively defunds the health organization.

With its community in a state of emergency, one would hope Oklahoma legislators would keep focused on addressing the state’s pressing problems and providing resources to the tornado’s victims. Instead, just two days after the tornado struck, at a time when citizens are in need of increased health services, the Senate voted to defund one of the states most reliable health care providers, Planned Parenthood.

If that doesn’t seem underhanded enough, the Senate also did not follow its typical protocol of mentioning the bill on its legislative agenda, meaning that even if constituents did not have their attention diverted, they would not have known this issue was coming up on the Senate floor.

Nonetheless, State senators voted 33 to 8 in favor of passing Senate Bill 900, with the House following suit with a vote of 65 to 12. Although the bill does not mention Planned Parenthood by name, it will redirect funds allocated to private family care providers to public hospitals.

The COO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Penny Dickey, expressed concern over the hasty reallocation of funds: “It shifts family planning money away from specialists in reproductive health care to other agencies that don’t have the capacity or the expertise to serve the women who come to us.”

At least one Oklahoman lawmaker concurs. As a professional doctor, State Representative Doug Cox knows that taking money away from Planned Parenthood is a “mistake.” “They perform a valuable service as far as breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, parenting classes, many things that benefit our state that we’re sorely in need of,” he said. Cox, a Republican, added that while some of his colleagues know of Planned Parenthood’s value, because of the organization’s public perception, they felt pressure to vote to defund it anyway.

Because that’s really what this vote is about anyway, isn’t it? Just the idea of abortion. The facts that Oklahoma’s public funding is not allocated toward abortions and that the vast majority of the health services Planned Parenthood provides have nothing to do with abortions are (absurdly) irrelevant. Planned Parenthood has become the victim of a successful smear campaign.

Defunding Planned Parenthood is not the only way Oklahoma politicians are utilizing the opportunity to pursue an agenda following the tornado. Republican Senator Tom Coburn is demanding budget cuts elsewhere before providing financial relief to his state’s victims. Surely his constituents enjoy being used as a bargaining chip to balance the budget.

Meanwhile, the state’s other Republican Senator, Jim Inhofe, faces criticism for trying to secure relief aid for his state. In this case, the problem is that he opposed funding the Hurricane Sandy relief bill just months ago. Now that the victims are in his home state, he looks like a hypocrite. As a vehement climate change denier, Inhofe also finds himself in a predicament since scientists believe that global warming is a top cause of the rise of tornadoes.



Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 months ago

thanks for the article.

Adam S.
Adam S.5 months ago

If only the tornado destroyed the oil and coal industries...

Dennis D.
Dennis D.3 years ago

7940 = 1940

Dennis D.
Dennis D.3 years ago

Bill R.Then the death rate among women having abortions would return to the same levels as it was in 7940;s till 1973. That is too many women dying horribly from botched abortions and society turning a blind eye to it all.

That is what you are advocating with your position.

Planned Parenthood and all clinic that preform abortions are needed.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Gentlemen you are all welcome to your first amendment right, however I too have the same right without regard to childish behavior by the radical libs. Some one tried to point out the number of deaths from abortion is very low, well, if the lady had not be led into the abortion the deaths would have been close to Zero "O".

Thank you for pointing that out to the world.

Rainbow W.
.3 years ago

“Though the abortion industry would like for you to believe differently, Kermit Gosnell is not just a ‘lone wolf,”

I see Bungalow Bill is beating off to Gosnell again. You just don’t get it bill. Abortion is the one of the safest procedures; you have more chance of being killed from a doctor screwing up then a woman does in an abortion.

[http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6108a1.htm]” Using national data from the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (37), CDC identified 12 abortion-related deaths for 2008 (Table 25).”

[http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/3580.htm]” According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) preventable medical errors kill as many as 98,000 people every year at a cost of $29 billion, which would make it the sixth leading cause of death if the Centers for Disease Control included medical errors as a category.”

Dennis D.
Dennis D.3 years ago

Bill R. Your propaganda pieces are not going to work here.. take them over to Townhall or the republic website. There I am sure it will be better received.

Over here we defend a woman legal right(s). We promote the idea that a comprehensive sex ed course, that is not abstinence driven, is far more superior. Further, Bill on this website, though we may disagree on some issues. We understand that facts, truth, and reality should play a part in a person opinion[s] and rational on any position.

When all you offer is emotional responses and propaganda pieces that barely can support itself with a relevant fact. Is divorced from both reality and the truth. Is it any any wonder you have zero credibility here.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Bill, don't you get it? We are not interested in the lies and propaganda from inside the right wing bubble. You attack a woman's right to chose, we, on the other hand defend it!

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Anyone that agrees with planned Parenthood andor abortion should take a look at this short investigative Video.

"Live Action has released the sixth video in its latest undercover investigation, Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Abortion Industry. The video, found at www.liveaction.org/inhuman, exposes abortion doctors at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico revealing disturbing aspects of the facility’s protocol, including the practice of leaving women alone in hotel rooms to deliver their dead children."

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

It is interesting to read negative comments by people that only try to attack the Messenger, without looking for the truth. I feel sorry for those people as one day it may be a friend of theirs that is killed by the money hungry abortionist.
I have no complaint with other people's ideas, only their failure to see what is happening because our government turns their back on the real reason planned parenthood is in operation.
I would suggest that anyone wanting an abortion to go to the nearest hospital, and not risk your life at the hands of planned parenthood. No I am not in agreement of abortion, but certainly agree that if someone is determined to have an abortion at least used a certified medical facility, not some dirty hole in the wall that is only looking for production so they can make more money, sometimes at the expense of the Mother.
God Bless all mothers