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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Poor Women’s Access To Health Care

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Poor Women’s Access To Health Care

On Wednesday eight Planned Parenthood organizations sued the state of Texas after lawmakers excluded Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program which provides health care to low income women.

Planned Parenthood claims that a new state law banning organizations affiliated with abortion providers from participating in the program amounts to unconstitutional discrimination by association.  The groups, none of which provide abortions, contend that the law  has nothing to do with providing medical care and is simply intended to silence individuals or groups who support abortion rights. Texas law already requires that groups receiving federal or state funding be legally and financially separate from clinics that perform abortions.

“The government cannot condition your participation in the health services on giving up your free speech,” said Pete Shenkken, the plaintiffs’ attorney, citing past U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The Obama administration has also cut off funding to Texas over the move because it violates federal law.
The plaintiffs are asking the federal court to block the state from enforcing the law before April 30, the date when those clinics will lose all funding under the new rule. Patricio Gonzalez, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County, said his organization currently cares for 6,500 women and would have to shut down two or three of its four clinics if the rule is enforced. South Texas is home to some of the poorest women in the nation.

“We are the largest health care provider for women in our region,” he said. “We know there aren’t any other providers in the region that can absorb 6,500 women as of May 1.”
Given the 5th Circuits zeal for mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, we should be cautious as this lawsuit works its way through the courts. However, Planned Parenthood had no choice. As an advocate for women’s health they have to fight for the women the Perry administration seems all to willing to throw away.

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12:42AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

@ Carl N:

the planned parenthood clinics currently offer men

colon cancer screening
erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
jock itch exam and treatment
male infertility screening and referral
premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
routine physical exams
testicular cancer screenings
prostate cancer screenings
urinary tract infections testing and treatment
vasectomy

and the same applies as for the ladies, because this is the largest chain of reproductive health clinics in the USA they have increased buying power and most importantly they pass these cost savings on to consumer...male and female, so your treatment is cheaper.

12:35AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

@ Carl N:

the planned parenthood clinics currently offer men

colon cancer screening
erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
jock itch exam and treatment
male infertility screening and referral
premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
routine physical exams
testicular cancer screenings
prostate cancer screenings
urinary tract infections testing and treatment
vasectomy

and the same applies as for the ladies, because this is the largest chain of reproductive health clinics in the USA they have increased buying power and most importantly they pass these cost savings on to consumer...male and female, so your treatment is cheaper.

12:34AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

@ Carl N:

the planned parenthood clinics currently offer men

colon cancer screening
erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
jock itch exam and treatment
male infertility screening and referral
premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
routine physical exams
testicular cancer screenings
prostate cancer screenings
urinary tract infections testing and treatment
vasectomy

and the same applies as for the ladies, because this is the largest chain of reproductive health clinics in the USA they have increased buying power and most importantly they pass these cost savings on to consumer...male and female, so your treatment is cheaper.

12:33AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

@ Carl N:

the planned parenthood clinics currently offer men

colon cancer screening
erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
jock itch exam and treatment
male infertility screening and referral
premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
routine physical exams
testicular cancer screenings
prostate cancer screenings
urinary tract infections testing and treatment
vasectomy

and the same applies as for the ladies, because this is the largest chain of reproductive health clinics in the USA they have increased buying power and most importantly they pass these cost savings on to consumer...male and female, so your treatment is cheaper.

12:18AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

@ Carl N:

the planned parenthood clinics currently offer men

colon cancer screening
erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
jock itch exam and treatment
male infertility screening and referral
premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
routine physical exams
testicular cancer screenings
prostate cancer screenings
urinary tract infections testing and treatment
vasectomy

and the same applies as for the ladies, because this is the largest chain of reproductive health clinics in the USA they have increased buying power and most importantly they pass these cost savings on to consumer...male and female, so your treatment is cheaper.

3:27PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Angela - men might also desire to have sex without producing offspring and should then take steps to ensure that themselves instead of relying on their partners to take care of it.

If women should be entitled to means of birth control paid for by others, then why shouldn't men ?

And the article is about a healt care program for poor women - not birth control specifically.

8:08AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Who says only women should be covered by healthcare? I don't think I read that anywhere here. If I'm a woman and I'm paying for insurance, why shouldn't my insurance cover my birth control? That's not 'getting it for free' or denying men anything. Of course it's nice that my husband doesn't have to worry about me getting pregnant when we both have to work and we don't want more children, so it benefits him. He sure doesn't want my insurance to deny my birth control benefits because it benefits our whole family in terms of how we plan our lives and how we survive financially. It benefits the whole family for the woman to have this coverage. And as far as planned parenthood, when I didn't have insurance coverage and was laid off, this was the cheapest and closest place I could get cancer tests, checkups and birth control so our family could get by until I found work again. It benefited my whole family, not just me. Don't get on my case about it 'being unfair to men'. That's BS.

2:19AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Isn't it sexist to single out one of the two sexes to be deserving healt care?

Or are men supposed to be worth less than women?

6:00AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Why don't they go to their local family practice provider instead of "planned parenthood"?....I forgot, the Family Practice provider is not allowed to see folks of low income for free because of threats from CMS (Central Medicare Services) of reduced payments if over 2% of patients seen are seen for free.....now I understand the self-serving loop....now I understand :}

6:43AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Good luck, planned Parenthood - may you sue & WIN !

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