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Texas Jumps on the Planned Parenthood Banned Wagon
FRC - Email | Tony Perkins

Posted on 02/27/2012 4:42:36 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2

Texas is going ahead with its secession plan--from Planned Parenthood. Late last year, the state quit its partnership with the abortion tycoons, dropping Planned Parenthood from its lucrative contract under Texas's Women's Health Program. Attorney General Greg Abbott and state legislators were adamant that health providers who offered abortions had no business participating in the program. With $16 million up for grabs, leaders passed an outright ban on Planned Parenthood, ending its eligibility for the state's Medicaid funding. That didn't sit well with the Obama administration, which swooped into Texas and demanded the state reconsider. When it wouldn't, officials with Health and Human Services (HHS) threatened to cut off federal Medicaid funding completely.

But Texas didn't blink. Last Thursday, state Commissioner Tom Suehs signed the rule into law--calling HHS's bluff and putting Planned Parenthood clinics on the road to extinction in the Lone Star State. "Under federal law, states administer Medicaid and have the right to set the criteria for providers in the program. That is what Texas is doing," said spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman. "We have a state law that [Attorney General Abbott] says is constitutional, and it clearly bans abortion providers from taking part in the Women's Health Program. We can't violate a perfectly valid state law just to appease Washington."

Already, the policy is having a domino effect on the state's network of Planned Parenthood offices. So far, 12 clinics have closed and others--like this Odessa branch--waited for Thursday's decision before choosing to shut its doors for good. Could the evidence be any clearer? Despite what Planned Parenthood says about segregated funds and the prohibitions on financing abortions, our tax dollars are what keeps these clinics afloat. Without them, Planned Parenthood withers on the vine. That's why it's so important to reevaluate our priorities as a society and invest in health providers that don't engage in abortion--or fraud, for that matter. Apparently, the same network of clinics that Texas defunded is being sued by a former employee for a massive government billing scam. According to the suit, Planned Parenthood has swindled money out of the federal government for years for services it never provided. Karen Reynolds, the whistleblower, claims this--along with falsifying patient records--was standard practice in all 12 Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast locations across Texas and Louisiana. Who can blame Texas for wanting to be rid of a potentially criminal contractor?

HHS is trying to paint Texas's decision as extremist, but I think it's clear who the real extremists are. After all, the Obama administration would rather deny health care to poor women than hurt its relationship with an organization that could be extorting it!

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: antiabortion; prolife; statesrights

1 posted on 02/27/2012 4:42:46 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
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To: Iam1ru1-2

I applaud Texas for this!


2 posted on 02/27/2012 4:47:21 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Haha! God bless Texas.


3 posted on 02/27/2012 4:54:44 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Iam1ru1-2

The money quote for me:

“Already, the policy is having a domino effect on the state’s network of Planned Parenthood offices. So far, 12 clinics have closed and others—like this Odessa branch—waited for Thursday’s decision before choosing to shut its doors for good. Could the evidence be any clearer? Despite what Planned Parenthood says about segregated funds and the prohibitions on financing abortions, our tax dollars are what keeps these clinics afloat. Without them, Planned Parenthood withers on the vine.”


4 posted on 02/27/2012 5:01:45 PM PST by TEXOKIE (... and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to all FREEPERS EVERYWHERE!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

The money quote for me:

“Already, the policy is having a domino effect on the state’s network of Planned Parenthood offices. So far, 12 clinics have closed and others—like this Odessa branch—waited for Thursday’s decision before choosing to shut its doors for good. Could the evidence be any clearer? Despite what Planned Parenthood says about segregated funds and the prohibitions on financing abortions, our tax dollars are what keeps these clinics afloat. Without them, Planned Parenthood withers on the vine.”


5 posted on 02/27/2012 5:02:08 PM PST by TEXOKIE (... and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to all FREEPERS EVERYWHERE!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
Call Greg Abbott and Rick Perry to applaud this stand against the Imperialists. Then call Cornyn and Kay Bailey and ask them why they stand mute on this issue.
The last two,don't email them or you'll be spammed with useless email.
6 posted on 02/27/2012 5:05:17 PM PST by TexasSecede79366 (Soap box,jury box,ballot box,bullet box. Where are we now?)
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To: TEXOKIE

Wait, so are you an Okie who lives in Texas, a Texican who lives in Oklahoma, or an Okie who likes both Oklahoma and Texas?

I’m an Okie in Texas with Texican kids and a Montana wife. We all think Texas, Oklahoma and, yes, even Arkansas, are darn good states.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 5:06:58 PM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: TexasSecede79366

Kay and John are centrists who don’t take stands.

They’re not at all different from Collins and Snowe.

Maybe they were Texans, once.... but not anymore.


8 posted on 02/27/2012 5:09:00 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Iam1ru1-2

WTG TEXAS!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 02/27/2012 5:09:00 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Alright! My state!


10 posted on 02/27/2012 5:18:33 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. 0bamao's ANTI-TRUTH & SPIN TEAM is again on the move.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Should I be moving to Texas? Where are the nicest places to move to?


11 posted on 02/27/2012 5:30:53 PM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: txhurl
So true,but call Dewhurst too. A lot of people write Dewhurst off because of his short stint in the State Department but I think he'll take a stand.

My thing about calling? In today's world of texting,email,fax having them or their assistants deal with a real human person is so much more effective. If you get a constant busy or a voice mail,don't give up.

12 posted on 02/27/2012 5:34:51 PM PST by TexasSecede79366 (Soap box,jury box,ballot box,bullet box. Where are we now?)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

VA should follow this template - drop the invasive sonargrams


13 posted on 02/27/2012 5:42:50 PM PST by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my light bulbs !)
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To: txhurl

Kay and John are centrists who don’t take stands.”

Most of the time they do take a stand. One stands on the NO sign and one on the YES side. We haven’t had any Senatorial representation in Texas for a long time. Hopefully we will eventually be able to have an election this year and can find one good conservative to replace Hutchinson. And hopefully when she retires from the Senate with her big pension she won’t even think about running for Governor next time.


14 posted on 02/27/2012 6:12:42 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Abortionist Planned Parenthood and EPA can pack up out of Texas and go slinking back to the Potomac, or be tarred and feathered and run out of the republic on a chartered Southwest jet to Caracas, their choice.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 6:31:50 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: Grams A

I meant neither stand for anything other than the Status Quo, as Senators. And not only have neither ever expressed any interest in the 10th Amendment or States’ Rights, they’ve both pretty much gone along to get along.

I want my Senators to be junkyard dogs, not massaged Kobe beef. And that was the original intent, that the Senators represent their State while the congressional members represent the people of that state.


16 posted on 02/27/2012 6:44:41 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Iam1ru1-2

I would love to move there, because I just know someday it will be the last refuge for conservatives.


17 posted on 02/27/2012 7:24:34 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Iam1ru1-2
Attorney General Greg Abbott and state legislators were adamant that health providers who offered abortions had no business participating in the program.

Greg is the guy behind most of the cases of little bammys crew having cases of heartburn with Texas. Looks like this is gonna be another one.

Can't imagine why Greg is being so cantankerous... :-)

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18 posted on 02/27/2012 7:27:18 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: txhurl

Cornyn is useless as a Senator IMO. He has amassed a lot of money and has no intention of ever retiring. Texas is becoming worrisome. The big 4 cities - Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin are all becoming very liberal and there are a whole lot of votes among them. If BO is somehow reelected, I really think there will be a big push to elect a Democrat Senator in 2014. In the meantime, the best we can work for is to elect someone to replace Hutchinson who is a true conservative.


19 posted on 02/28/2012 7:20:57 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Bellflower

Texas is a miserable place its hot and humid and arid all at the same time.

The Misquitos are huge and the snakes are bigger.

Stay away.

thanks... :^))


20 posted on 02/29/2012 4:29:22 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: Grams A; txhurl
Cornyn is useless as a Senator IMO. He has amassed a lot of money and has no intention of ever retiring.

Cornyn is toast the next time he comes up for election and I think he knows it. He changed his stripes when he last ran for re-election and unfortunately most Texans bought his deception. Hopefully this time most Texans realize he is nothing but a Washington butt kisser and does not represent Texas at all. No doubt Kay Bailey getting rejected as a Washington insider when she tried to run for Governor let Cornyn know his days are numbered. That is why he has essentially put it on cruise control as a Senator.
21 posted on 02/29/2012 6:37:28 AM PST by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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