Skip to comments.Was Federal Ruling Good for Family Planning Providers? ("uncompromising" Rick Perry)
Posted on 12/14/2011 4:38:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
The federal government's rejection this week of a state request to exclude certain providers namely Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid Women's Health Program came as a victory to some family planning advocates, and a travesty to others.
Sandie Haverlah, an Austin lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, said it's a great outcome because it buys advocates time and forces the state to re-evaluate its stance on trying to force Planned Parenthood out of business. "It means the state is probably considering their position, she said.
But Fran Hagerty, chief executive of the Womens Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, characterized the federal decision which extends the program for three months while state officials decide whether to back down from their request as the ugliest possible scenario. She fears the state will opt to end the Womens Health Program rather than allow Planned Parenthood to continue to be part of it, and that 130,000 low-income women may end up losing out on cancer screenings and birth control.
Following legislators' direction last session, Texas' Health and Human Services Commission asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for permission to operate the Women's Health Program without including clinics linked to providers that perform abortions. (No abortions are provided with Medicaid dollars, or through the Women's Health Program.) On Monday, the federal agency said no and that doing so would violate the Social Security Act. Instead, federal officials offered to extend the existing program through March to buy time to negotiate a renewal agreement with the state.
On Tuesday, state health officials said they would consult with Attorney General Greg Abbott to determine how to proceed. But Gov. Rick Perry doesn't appear to be in a compromising mood. In a statement from the campaign trail, he said Texas is "committed to protecting life in Texas, and state law prohibits giving state dollars to abortion providers and affiliates a fact the Obama Administration ignores."
If state officials decide to forgo the Women's Health Program in protest, Hagerty said major hospitals like the University of Texas Medical Branch and Parkland in Dallas would be able to maintain some semblance of family planning services, but nothing like what we have now. If the program does not extend past March, Hagerty said, community clinics would have to dramatically reduce services, lay off employees or shut down completely.
Perry is "blaming the feds and saying that this money was going to go to abortions. Thats a complete lie," Hagerty said. This is a federal program, and they have any right to say you have to let every qualified provider participate. You cant pick and choose who you like and dont like.
Nearly 130,000 women a year rely on the Womens Health Program. About 46 percent of those clients go to Planned Parenthood clinics for nonabortion services like breast and cervical cancer exams, STD testing and birth control. In fiscal year 2010, HHSC reported that Planned Parenthood clinics received 44 percent of the programs total reimbursements, making it the largest provider of Womens Health Program services.
State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, said the future of the program now rests with HHSC and by default, with Perry, who appointed the agency's commissioner. He said the Legislatures draconian restrictions against Planned Parenthood have nothing to do with abortion. It has to do with giving women the right to go where they choose for family planning services.
But abortion opponents are throwing the blame right back at the federal government. By threatening to cancel the Women's Health Program in Texas, the Obama Administration is showing it would sooner deny tens of millions of dollars of medical services to low-income women rather than allow the State of Texas to cut off tax funding to Planned Parenthood, Joe Pojman, the executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, wrote in an email.
State Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, said there is a quick solution to this entire debate. The problem could be solved tomorrow if Planned Parenthood just renounces abortions and just does family planning and comprehensive care, which theyre capable of," he said. "Then we could provide a lot of family planning, and there wouldnt be abortions and this problem would go away.
Hagerty said family planning in Texas is trapped in a culture war, and that it's getting increasingly hard for providers to remain optimistic. This is a political battle that were going to lose," she said. "Theres no winning here."
Obama fears Rick Perry. He hates the guy because Perry dared to challenge him in deed.
Plenty get on radio or TV and challenge him but Perry has done it to his face, in the courts and in public as a sitting governor. Obama is a bully. Perry is the Pale Rider.
You said it normy!!
Words fail me as I attempt to convey how little I care whether any legislation is good for “family planning providers.”
Well, actually, there are a lot of words I’d like to use, but I’m a lady and I won’t.
IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.
IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.
This man is the strongest governor I have ever seen. He stands up for what he and his people believe in and won’t.....WILL NOT.....be pushed.
I for one dont want Rick Perry anywhere near a stronger leadership position in this country. One of the greatest dangers to this country is the encroachment of Islam into our society. Rick Perry helped implement Arabic studies (please dont call it Islam because its too obvious) into the schools in Texas. Now the parents find its being forced on them and need to fight to keep it out.
So, it's somehow a bad thing for Americans to be able to comprehend Arabic websites or hear first-hand what the "Palestinian" leaders say in-house?
Heaven help him if he tried to mandate Spanish.
RE: Robert Spencer [communist], Justin Elliott (Salon) and Pamela Geller attacks on Rick Perry:
Dec 4, 2011 American Thinker (David Stein) response to hit piece on Rick Perry: Rick Perry and Sharia, and Robert Spencer Robert Spencer posted an attack against me on this site regarding a series of articles I wrote last summer debunking the meme that Governor Rick Perry foisted "pro-Sharia" classroom materials on children in Texas schools. Although I hadn't planned to revisit the Perry/Sharia debate, the sheer nastiness of Spencer's attack has, in the words of Michael Corleone, "pulled me back in."
As I'm a guest here on AT, I can't be as verbose as I am on my own site. What I'll do, though, is provide a brief overview of this manufactured controversy. ..
Amil Imani Governor Perry's Islam Connection
No matter how I tried, I couldn't reach the conclusion that this inclusion promotes Islam or is pro-Sharia. It seems that the mere fact that Islam is included in the curriculum represents supporting it. And with regard to the concern that the education curriculum Perry promoted is pro-Arab and against Israel, the evidence is exactly the opposite.
Your article is from Feb of this year.
Perry had nothing to do with that - in fact - Obama had everything to do with that since it was Federal Money.
“The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant was awarded to Mansfield ISD last summer by the U.S. Department of Education.” (NOTICE - Grant from US Dept of Education)
“The FLAP grant was awarded to only five school districts across the country, including Mansfield” (only one school district in TX applied for it but when parents found out about it - it was stopped in it’s tracks)
IT NEVER HAPPENED AND PERRY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
Get your facts straight before you spit sheet like that out.
Did you even read your article?
Perry would never do anything stupid like that.
I would hope that most are not stupid enough to think that Arabic studies are not the camels nose under the tent. I dont care if its directly teaching Sharia or not. Desensitization and the attempt to normalize the Muslim culture in schools is the first step. Perry DID work to help get this into the schools and to call me a liar indicates a desperation that I hit too close to home. People can look at the evidence and decide for themselves.
Go peddle your lies somewhere else. You’re disgraceful.
Take it up with those who report.
Rick Perry’s dangerous Muslim compromise;
Mawlana Hazar Imam signs agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and the State of Texas
Its been talked about here before.
From the Aga Kahn development network.
The US State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat sign a landmark cooperation agreement
Looks to me like Perry has a rather cozy relationship with them. Another cozy with Muslims is not someone I want in the WH.
Be sure to add these links to sites spreading crap like Perry’s daughter Sydney is married to a high ranking Imam and other such rot.
You are peddling lies and misinformation.
Ill post Perrys own words at every opportunity and we will see who is disgraceful. If he is naïve enough to not see the danger that Muslims pose to this nation his words and actions should be shown to all who vote.
>>You are peddling lies and misinformation.<<
The Aga Kahn development network reported what happened and what was said.
The US State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat sign a landmark cooperation agreement
Was that a lie and misinformation?
You are posting it to imply Gov. Perry is pro-Islam. That is your lie and that is your purpose.
I ask the readers to this thread to read my links.
CB — You are here posting with the primary goal of countering effective dissemination of information about Rick Perry’s campaign and to leave a false impression.
Gov. Rick Perry knows the dangers! He doesn't need some anonymous poster like you to tell him either. But that isn't your purpose for posting.
Ft. Hood shooting memorial
You cant tell me that America is not exceptional. You can't tell me that because I've seen it
"Rick Perry has always remained faithful." -- First Lieutenant Daniel P. Moran
[6:45] Medal recipients tell of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their fellow heroes -- and why they support Rick Perry.
Hannitys 3rd Freedom Concert - Perry on America heroes! 7 minute video
Nov. 11, 2011 VIDEO: Rick Perry interview Nov 11, 2011 in Columbia 25 minute video starting around 4:00 12:00 Perry speaks at length about Iran, allies and national defense.
Rick Perry, Corps of Cadets 1969 TX A&M
Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Texas A&M
Perry could count on one hand the number of trips he had taken out of his home state by the time he graduated from Texas A&M University, but everything changed when he joined the Air Force.
Flying C-130s, Perry lived in Germany and Saudi Arabia. He flew in Central and South America, North Africa and all over Europe.
"I saw all of these different types of governments and I made the connections to how the people acted and looked, and it became abundantly clear to me that, at that particular point in time, that America was this very unique place and that our form of democracy was very rare," Perry said. " ... That was the greatest gift I received from my years of being in the military, and they really shaped my outlook on the rest of my life."
.....Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force, completed pilot training and flew C-130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977. He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, returned to Texas and went into business farming cotton with his father.
Perry Awarding Iraqi Service Medals
Gov. Rick Perry participates in ceremonies at Camp Mabry to redesignate the 49th Armored Division as the 36th Infantry Division. The former 49th Armored Division, which consists of approximately 12,000 soldiers, makes up almost two-thirds of the Texas National Guard. The division's redesignation as the 36th Infantry Division is part of the Texas Army National Guard's transition from a heavy armored force to a more versatile infantry force.
Texas Gov. Perry receives a warm greeting from Ghazni Provincial Governor Dr. Usman Usmani at the flight line minutes after landing at Forward Operating Base Ghazni by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Perry led a delegation of four other governors
Lt. Col. Thomas J. Kleis (R) briefs Texas Gov. Rick Perry (C) as Command Sgt. Maj. Peter P.A. Collins (L) listens on the intelligence gathering successes the 636th Military Intelligence Battalion has achieved during their last six months of duty
Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands with Texas service members from the 636th Military Intelligence Battalion, 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 136th Military Police Battalion on July 20th under the Texas flag he presented to the 636th.
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