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A Pro-Life Reminder for Planned Parenthood: Donít Mess With Texas
Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Anna Higgins

Posted on 01/18/2013 12:34:08 PM PST by Kaslin

In the days leading up to the 40th commemoration of Roe v. Wade, the pro-life cause is winning the legal war against America’s largest abortion provider. As reported recently in the Texas Tribune, the State of Texas has won round one in the battle to defund abortion providers.

In 2011, the Texas legislature passed what is called the “Affiliate Ban Rule,” which prohibits any health provider affiliated with abortion, including Planned Parenthood, from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program. In April 2012, a Texas judge granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood TX, exempting them from the new rule; however, that ruling was overturned in August 2012 by the Fifth Circuit Court.

In response to the passage of this bill, the Obama Administration, champion of Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda, threatened to rescind all federal aid Texas receives to help fund its outreach to poor women and children. Yet Texas, it appears, was not to be intimidated.

The State’s response was strong and proactive. In light of the imminent cancellation of its federally-funded Women’s Health Program, Texas created the state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program, which offers all the same family planning and health services without subsidizing abortion directly or indirectly.

Planned Parenthood filed another suit against the state of Texas, requesting an injunction from a state district court to delay the implementation of the Affiliate Ban Rule until the court can reach a decision on the merits of the lawsuit. The court refused to grant the injunction, meaning that the Affiliate Ban Rule could go into effect on January 1, as scheduled. On January 11 a hearing was held on another suit filed by Planned Parenthood patient, Marcela “Marcy” Balquinta, in which a Travis County Court judge denied another request for a temporary injunction on the rule.

In response to the first injunction denial, Planned Parenthood laid out a guilt trip worthy of an Oscar, attempting to manipulate the sympathies of the American public. The Texas Tribune reports that Ken S. Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, said, “It is shocking that once again Texas officials are letting politics jeopardize health care access for women.” This statement may fool a few, but reality presents a much more optimistic picture. Health care providers available to serve poor women in Texas without violating the abortion affiliate rule are in ample supply.

The website devoted to the Texas Women’s Health Program is comprehensive and clear. A quick search on the website debunks Planned Parenthood’s claim that women will not have access to healthcare if abortion providers are eliminated from the program. Women will continue to have a wide range of options for free healthcare, in Texas cities large and small. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, there are over 3,500 providers available under the new Texas Women’s Health Program, of which 1,000 were added since the spring of 2012. Thus, it appears that there are more than enough providers in all parts of the state to serve any woman in need. One is left to wonder if Planned Parenthood is just woefully uninformed regarding women’s access to free healthcare outside of their own facilities or if it has another agenda completely.

One thing is for sure, where the federal government has failed, the states have taken initiative. 2011 was a banner year for de-funding abortion providers on the state level, and this has Planned Parenthood running scared. Considering Planned Parenthood receives over one million dollars each day from taxpayers’ pockets, Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it will consider all kinds of tactics to keep that money coming. And while the federal government is in the bag for the nation’s largest abortion provider, with states like Texas fighting them the pro-life movement can continue to win.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; acultureoflife; healthcare; plannedparenthood; prolife; texas

1 posted on 01/18/2013 12:34:19 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Kinda ironic that the abortion president surrounded himself with kids while trying to pass laws about killing kids.


2 posted on 01/18/2013 12:44:07 PM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Kaslin; onyx; Brad's Gramma; Alamo-Girl; basil; Fiddlstix; TheMom; LUV W; TheOldLady; ...

God Bless TEXAS!!


3 posted on 01/18/2013 12:47:06 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Kaslin; Jim Robinson; BuckeyeTexan; penelopesire; mylife; NYTexan; re_nortex; Marcella; deport; ...

God bless Texas! Praise God!

4 posted on 01/18/2013 1:02:17 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Kaslin

bump


5 posted on 01/18/2013 1:03:30 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Jim Robinson

You can say that again, Mr. JR!

When are you moving down here?


6 posted on 01/18/2013 1:05:12 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: basil

Would if I could unload my (underwater) castle.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 1:14:40 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yeah baby!


8 posted on 01/18/2013 1:22:20 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Jim Robinson

Got that right, Jim! Thank you for the shout-out for my great state! :)


9 posted on 01/18/2013 1:25:54 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yes indeed!

We are looking forward to you and your family moving to Texas!


10 posted on 01/18/2013 1:40:21 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. ¬ó Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Must be hard—it seems the whole darned state is moving here.

I wonder how many of them can afford to just walk away....I don’t think I could ever do that.


11 posted on 01/18/2013 1:45:36 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: Jim Robinson
Amen!!!
12 posted on 01/18/2013 8:13:35 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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A most vile organzation---the masters of deceit.

Tax-funded PP is in our schools 24/7 with its heinous "Family Life" courses that are nothing more than proselytizing---and driving a huge wedge between parents and their children.

Planned Parenthood's misnomered "Family Life" programs reek of pedophilia----we need to determine how many of PP's so called sexuality experts are pedophiles and/or have been convicted of pedophilia.

CnsNews.com reported on The Future of Sex Education (FoSE) report, written by organized sex education advocates, “to create a strategic plan for sexuality education policy and implementation.”

Also involved are the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network – the non-profit arm of the nation’s largest teacher’s union, the NEA – the American Association for Health Education and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education.

An advisory committee includes Planned Parenthood and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

The authors argue that "too little school time" is devoted to instruction in HIV, pregnancy and STD prevention – a median total of 3.1 hours in elementary school, according to the CDC.

The report includes a glossary that defines gender expression, gender identity, gender roles, and transgenderism.The groups are pushing for federal legislation......and tax funding.

13 posted on 01/19/2013 5:20:11 AM PST by Liz
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In February 2004, US Senate candidate Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, sent a fund-raising letter with the "alarming news" that "right-wing politicians" had passed a law stopping doctors from performing p/b abortions (stabbing half-born babies in the neck with scissors, suctioning out their brains and crushing their skulls).

Michelle Obama considers partial-birth abortion "a legitimate medical procedure," and asked supporters for $150 to attend a luncheon for her candidate husband, b/c he would fight against "cynical ploys" to stop p/b sbortions.

(NOTE: nurses at an Illinois hospital in 1999 discovered babies were being aborted alive and placed on shelves in soiled utility rooms to die unattended.)

BACKGROUND Legislation was presented on the federal level and in various states called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.

BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote. Even Sens. Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry agreed a mother's right to "choose" stopped at her baby's delivery. The bill also passed overwhelmingly in the US House.

NARAL went neutral on it. Abortion enthusiasts publicly agreed that fighting BAIPA would appear extreme. President Bush signed BAIPA into law in 2002.

But in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left. Obama articulately asserted that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women's rights or abortionists' rights.

In 2003, as chairman of the next state Senate committee to which BAIPA was sent, Obama stopped it from even getting a hearing, shelving it to die much like babies were still being shelved to die in Illinois hospitals and abortion chambers.

(NOTE As chair of that same committee, state Sen Obama once abruptly ended a hearing early, right before the parents of six children killed as a result of Illinois' drivers licenses-for-bribes scandal, were to testify in favor of Choose Life license plate legislation. Obama stalled. He later killed the bill when no one was around.)

14 posted on 01/19/2013 5:22:43 AM PST by Liz
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