Texas Judge Upholds Slice to Planned Parenthood Funding: Women’s Groups Outraged

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A judge has ruled that the state of Texas can legally withhold funding to Planned Parenthood, which leaves millions of women’s groups outraged because their members are going to have to go to other doctors to get standard healthcare services.  Judge Gary Harger argued that qualified doctors and clinics can have all of their funding cut if they advocate for abortion rights.

Texas is not new to the ban on state-funded abortion.  But what makes this case unique is that the state is no longer going to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for their basic healthcare services.  Planned Parenthood provides preventative care for 48,000 poor women in the state of Texas.

Planned Parenthood will continue with their lawsuit against the measure, but the ban will begin this week.

“We are pleased the court rejected Planned Parenthood’s latest attempt to skirt state law,” attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Bean said. “The Texas Attorney General’s office will continue to defend the Texas Legislature’s decision to prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars through the Women’s Health Program.”

Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, said that he is surprised by the court’s decision.

“It is shocking that once again Texas officials are letting politics jeopardize health care access for women,” Lambrecht said. “Our doors remain open today and always to Texas women in need. We only wish Texas politicians shared this commitment to Texas women, their health, and their well-being.”

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One Response to Texas Judge Upholds Slice to Planned Parenthood Funding: Women’s Groups Outraged

  1. Destitute American January 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Again, I told you that they want to privatize all social services like education and health care. You won’t get it if you cannot afford it. This is another step in that direction because this is not even about abortions (yes—they want you to experience the bountiful joys of rape babies, rapists smiling and lingering in your life pretending they want visitation and providing little to no means to support the kids). Now millions of women who just need basic health care that Planned Parenthood provides are going to be SOL since sometimes Planned Parenthood is the ONLY affordable source of routine medical care.

    Don’t worry. Texas is not done. I genuinely believe that Governor Rick Perry is going to get approval to electrify his portion of the border fence between Texas and Mexico.

    Arriba!

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