Texas Legislature: If Planned Parenthood Sues We’ll Take Everyone’s Family Planning Money


The Texas legislature is quite literally holding poor women hostage in order to defund Planned Parenthood.  The have now introduced a bill that will shut down the entirety of the state’s low income women’s health care and family planning program if Planned Parenthood or any other group that provides abortions sues and wins a ruling saying they should be a part of it.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

Texas lawmakers inserted a poison bill into a women’s health program Tuesday in a move designed to ensure that groups like Planned Parenthood do not receive state funding.

Legislation that would renew a program to help poor women now has a provision that would shut it down immediately if a group that provides abortions files and wins a lawsuit to participate in the program. The Senate Health and Human Services approved the measure 5-1.

Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, said the move was necessary to make sure that no organization that provides abortions will receive any state money to provide any kind of health service.

“The legislature has clearly tried to cut off funding for these entities, only to have it restored by lawsuit,” Deuell said. “We do not want this to happen again … if abortion providers are able to sue and win — they have to win the suit — the program will cease to operate.”

Even better, almost all of the funding for the program that would be eliminated comes from the federal government, not the state.  But they would rather toss it all out, and leave poor women without any health care, and especially birth control, if not doing so means Planned Parenthood might get a dollar of it.

It’s the ultimate in gag rules.

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  • crowepps

    Even better, almost all of the funding for the program that would be eliminated comes from the federal government, not the state.  But they would rather toss it all out, and leave poor women without any health care, and especially birth control, if not doing so means Planned Parenthood might get a dollar of it.

    It’s the ultimate in gag rules.

    Apparently it’s ‘moral’ to allow fetuses to be disabled or die as stillbirths and to allow women who have pregnancy complications to die, in order to uphold the principle that abortion ‘taints’ everything it touches.  I can only conclude that although it’s immoral for people to save women’s lives it is totally moral for men to kill women and babies so long as they can claim they do accidently.  Apparently Texas is eager to be #1 — in teen pregnancy, in STDs, in cervical cancer deaths, in maternal deaths, in stillbirths.

  • arekushieru

    Just like they held DC women hostage in another ruling, earlier this year.  

  • diogenes000

    Really, this is totally in keeping with past stuff we’ve seen from Texas.  What an embarrassment the state is to the rest of the civilized US!

  • ahunt

    Lone Star State Motto:

     

    TEXAS…we make our citizens stupider, sicker and poorer!

  • crowepps

    They don’t look so bad compared to the outright theocracies in Louisiana and Florida, and there’s always Mississippi, continuing its long tradition of being the worst state in the nation.

  • equalist

    Get out now while you still can!  They want their women pregnant, their kids uneducated, and modern health care as a thing of the past.  I’m waiting for them to start pushing bloodletting as a cure for pregnancy complications.  It seems the next logical step.

  • elburto

    Is blackmail not illegal in Texas?

     

     Honestly, the more I read on this site, the more terrified I am for the women (and other uterus owners) of America.

     

       How the fuck can it be legal for lawmakers (ha!) to threaten an organisation that if they take (much deserved, very appropriate) action against a bunch of slanderous, neanderthal pig-fucking hicks, that they’ll make EVERYONE suffer as a result.  It’s amoral, inhumane, and disgusting.  It seems like each state is trying to top the others in a fight to the death to see who’s more backward, more anti-choice, more restrictive, and less susceptible to logic and ethics. 

  • dubiouslygreat

    While I agree with everything you’re saying and share your disgust with the Texas lege, I do have a nitpicky comment about your use of the word “literally” in this article. If the legislature were literally holding poor women hostage, there would be actual poor women tied up and guarded by armed legislators. In the context of your article, you actually mean “figuratively,” which is the opposite of “literally.” A lot of people make this mistake by trying to use “literally” to give emphasis to a statement, which is an incorrect usage.

    The Oatmeal explains it best: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/literally 

    Sorry to be a pedant.

    Other than that, keep fighting the good fight!