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Pennsylvania Joins Rush To Defund Planned Parenthood

Pennsylvania Joins Rush To Defund Planned Parenthood

Pennsylvania Republicans will introduce legislation today to defund Planned Parenthood as the state joins four other states considering legislation that strips public funds from family planning services.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will introduce the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act, a bill similar to one in Ohio that would put health care providers that offer abortion services at the bottom of the priority list for state funding. The bill is co-written with anti-abortion activist group the Susan B. Anthony List and the Alliance Defense Fund.

Supporters of the measure argue the bill is an “upgrade” for women’s health services because it directs money away from Planned Parenthood clinics and toward other kinds of hospitals and family clinics that don’t provide abortion care. Mallory Quigley, communications director for the SBA List offered this:

The emphasis is on comprehensive whole woman care, so instead of them going to Planned Parenthood to receive one type of service, they will now be going to qualified health clinics where they can get mammograms, treatment for hypertension and depression, dental care, all these things Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide,” Quigley said. All it is is an upgrade of women’s health care without any additional cost to the taxpayer.

Of course, to see that as an upgrade you need to divorce the reality that abortion is a fundamentally necessary procedure when providing comprehensive women’s health care.

One of the reasons Planned Parenthood clinics receive a significant percentage of their money through state and federal government funding streams is because a significant number of their clients are low-income women and families and those without insurance.

In the past our clients would qualify for services for free, but now we have to charge them a fee, said Jeff Teague, president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. It’s put a burden on people, obviously. We’ve seen a ten percent decrease in patient numbers, and we’ve worked very closely with health department to see if they’ve seen a corresponding increase, and they have not. We have a serious concern that there are a number of women not receiving or delaying care, which is a bad situation either way.

I suppose it’s only a bad situation if you believe profiting off of illness and death is an acceptable business model.

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3:38PM PDT on May 28, 2012

but its ok for us tax payers to fund endless wars? I mean people get rich off wars they don't get rich off of helping the poor. No that is just a waste, nothing to be gained but saving a life or two. Na why bother. (sarcasm)

3:30PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Ladies! When the election comes up, in November, please remember who your enemies are!!

6:03PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Pennsylvania, what a state! It's Pittsburgh in the west and Philly in the east with Alabama in between. How the hell did we ever sink so far and get so fricking and frackin stupid? They elected Corbett and all he has done since is to screw everyone of ordinary means over. I hope he's a one termer.

7:16PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Republicans say "defund Planned Parenthood, kill immigrants and Arabs instead".

5:23PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Rep. Metcalfe must be a slow reader.

It took him this long to get to chapter 2 of the ALEC Handbook for Nutcases ?

3:42PM PDT on May 24, 2012

and who's gonna take care of all of the UNWANTED babies that are born to mothers who didnt want them in the first place!

2:57PM PDT on May 24, 2012


1:49PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Steve R.
"It's not about birth control - even far right conservatives have no problem with birth control and planning one's family - but abortion is NOT birth control!"

Please, just once, post facts, not just your opinion stated to resemble facts. No problem with birth control my ass!!

12:56PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Oh, and let ask: have you (repub/TP party) ever considered that a lot of the women/girls in your party DO have Sex out of Wedlock & they DO take 'contraceptives'? There is NO WAY, no matter what party they are, that you are going stop ALL of them from those things-so good luck on that. And letting the Catholic Church merge with you is probably not a Good Idea at this time, especially with the clergy secretly getting married after having sex, the hush hush of their pedophiles they move around all over the world, and having one trying to get an accuser killed! WOW- good deal!! Yeah, the repubs/tp are the best for us! (*again, sarcasm*)!

12:44PM PDT on May 24, 2012

As a Pennsylvanian all my life, Ashamedly, I'm not That surprised by this article. I mean after all we had Santorum didn't we? And look what a 'Crazed Radical Right Wing Christian' he is! Some of us tried to warn everyone when he decided to run, but you all thought he would be Great--heck even the TP wanted him gone after a while. What I don't understand is knowing this state to have always been mostly Dem how these power hungry Nimrods are getting into office. Wake Up PA (&rest of the nation) the repubs are the ones that will take us backward--back to the days where rich white men controlled everything & their women 7 steps behind them & quiet (course kinda sounds like the repub/tp are already trying to get us there!) What a PROUD moment in America's History that would be! (*sarcasm* in case you repubs didn't know). Yeah, they're running an honest campaign--like the "crazed Christian", the ethics violator & cheater, and ALL the other other misogynists' bred in the party by Wall Street, Koch Bros, Super PACS, & last but certainly not least-the TP! How America can believe Romney can bring jobs back when he preferred the profitable bottom line instead of his employees is Totally Amazing to me. Where Is That Da** Kool-Aid So I Can Dump It Out!

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