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Texas AG Makes Reckless Comparison Between Planned Parenthood, Terrorists

Texas AG Makes Reckless Comparison Between Planned Parenthood, Terrorists

 

In support of its motion to stay a district court order requiring the state of Texas to continue funding Planned Parenthood Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot argued the women’s health care provider is, essentially, a terrorist organization.

“Planned Parenthood does not provide any assurance that the tax subsidies it receives from the Women’s Health Program have not been used directly or indirectly to subsidize its advocacy of elective abortion,” Abbott wrote in his motion to stay the injunction. “Nor is it possible for Planned Parenthood to provide this assurance.”

“Money is fungible, and taxpayer subsidies — even if ‘earmarked’ for nonabortion activities — free up other resources for Planned Parenthood to spend on its mission to promote elective abortions … (because ‘[m]oney is fungible,’ First Amendment does not prohibit application of federal material-support statute to individuals who give money to ‘humanitarian’ activities performed by terrorist organizations).”

By invoking the federal material-support statute, which makes it a felony to give money to a terrorist organization, even if the funds are specified for nonterrorist activities, the state of Texas has formally introduced for “serious” legal debate the idea that supporting health care organizations that provide reproductive health care services is equivalent to supporting terrorists.

Abbot is playing a dangerous game here. Either he truly believes Planned Parenthood and its supporters are terrorists and terrorist-sympathizers, in which case they could face prosecution under the material support statute, or Abbot is purely playing politics. And if that is the case, not only is that ethically suspect, it is actually endangering the lives of the nearly 130,000 low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for cancer screens and family planning services.

The 5th Circuit will issue a final ruling on the stay but it is likely to affirm, meaning that for the foreseeable future poor women in Texas will be left with little in the way of access to reliable and affordable health care.

 

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3:22PM PDT on May 3, 2012

Greg Abbott is a terrorist. He should be hung by his balls in the public square.

5:04AM PDT on May 3, 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.

5:38PM PDT on May 2, 2012

So, an organization that promotes women's health and reproductive freedom is a terrorist organization...

What about the scum bags that harass women at these clinics? What about the priests, and politicians who tell these women to suck it up and 'make the best of a bad situation'
what about the people who kill medical doctors that are ALREADY HERE AND CONTRIBUTING to SOCIETY because they work in a place where women are able to have a safe, legal, procedure?
What about the fanatics who screech like harpies from the sidewalk of an elementary school waving pictures of aborted fetuses in front of children sixth grade and under?
What about the fanatics who publicize the address, phone number, and email information of a CHILD ATTENDING THAT SCHOOL because her father is a doctor who "allegedly" provides abortions.

Are these people not terrorists? I'd give my eye-teeth to see each and every one of these hateful demons water boarded at gitmo! And I'd LAUGH as they struggled feebly for breath. The tea-liban, the wrong wingers and the christian jihadists make me sick! May each and every one of them get back 3 fold the hell they spit upon others!

4:19PM PDT on May 2, 2012

I live in TX and I have relied on Planned Parenthood for women's health screenings. I went with my friend when she found out she was pregnant, and there was no encouragement for abortion there. From what i could see in the waiting room and both the exam rooms I was in there wasn't even a Pro-Choice flyer, or hand out. The only things they had were why it is important to us barrier protection when having sex especially if you have multiple partners. I also saw hand outs in Spanish and English that talked about the importance of good nutrition when you are expecting.

1:35PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Yet another public servant using his position to further his personal agenda.

If those ultra-conservatives cared as much for the planet and it's living systems/life as they do for a collection of unviable human cells....perhaps the world would be a better place.

12:45PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Some of you women remind me of sheep or cattle willingly going to to slaughter, How SAD!!! Please at least TRY to see past the lies and look into a future that COULD be YOURS or your DAUGHTERS!!!

http://www.ask.com/wiki/The_Handmaid's_Tale

Plot summary
The Handmaid's Tale is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, a country formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. It was founded by a racist, male chauvinist, nativist, theocratic-organized military coup as an ideologically driven response to the pervasive ecological, physical and social degradation of the country.
Beginning with a staged terrorist attack (blamed on Islamic extremist terrorists) that kills the President and most of Congress, a movement calling itself the "Sons of Jacob" launched a revolution and suspend the United States Constitution under the pretext of restoring order.
Taking advantage of electronic banking, they were quickly able to freeze the assets of all women and other "undesirables" in the country, stripping them of their rights. The new theocratic military dictatorship, styled "The Republic of Gilead", moved quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily Christian regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious orthodoxy among its newly created social classes. In this society, almost all women are forbidden to read.


12:41PM PDT on May 2, 2012

It is Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot and all other Right Wing conservative Republicans and Blue Dogs who are the Terrorists. They Terrorize women, children, the poor, workers, those on social security, those living elsewhere who they simply love to Bomb to oblivion, all living creatures on the planet!

Vote to end Terrorism! Vote Progressive!

12:20PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Like I stated on another post, the word "terrorist" is thrown around to much just as a keyword to scare people into going along with whatever these clowns want.

12:00PM PDT on May 2, 2012

And the Democrats have the so called activist judges? Seems to me the whack jobs on the right are the ones creating laws to fit their agendas.

11:58AM PDT on May 2, 2012

This is what we get when we allow those we pay with our tax dollars to think they're our daddies and mommas.

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