That deep-held distaste for women’s health providers led Texas lawmakers last year to slash $73 million from all of its family planning services and shift the money to other areas of the budget. This blunt instrument hit all of the state’s women’s health providers, but was meant to target Planned Parenthood and deny it taxpayer dollars—even though the clinics that received state subsidies for care never performed abortions.
This may be in line with their staunch opposition to what they see as a baby-killer, but that ideology comes with quite the price tag. News has surfaced that for the two-year period between 2014 and 2015, poor women are expected to deliver nearly 24,000 babies that they wouldn’t otherwise have had if they had access to state-subsidized birth control. Those extra births will cost taxpayers as much as $273 million, with between $103 million to $108 million of that hitting the state’s general revenue budget alone. Much of the cost comes from caring for those infants through Medicaid.
So a girl gets harassed, and knocks over some personal property of the guy that was harassing her. She goes home, tells her dad, and he comes back to confront the dude that was harassing his daughter.
During the confrontation, he knocks the harasser to the ground and punches him in the face.
The harasser, then pulls a knife, stabs the guy 7 times in the abdomen and neck and puts him in the hospital.
Go on Jezebel comenters, now that I’ve taken the context out of that particular story for you, and keep defending the guy that stabbed someone 7 times. About how the dad “started it” so he got what was coming to him. Go on now.
But answer me this one question, who brings a knife to protest an
Someone who is willing to stab someone who upsets him enough, that’s who.
OK, not condoning the father for punching someone like that. But bowiecadmium is right: why would you bring a knife to a protest?
The House Appropriations Committee today called for eliminating more than 30 education programs, including President Barack Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative. The panel proposed slashing the Department of Labor’s budget by one-fifth, slicing funds for the National Labor Relations Board by 17 percent and barring funds to implement Obama’s health-care overhaul. It would also withhold funding for Planned Parenthood unless it says it will stop providing abortions.
The provisions are included in a $153.4 billion measure needed to fund the departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The Republicans’ plan would amount to $4 billion cut or about 2.5 percent less than this year
Plus, these very same clowns have recently tripled funds for legal fees to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
When the GOP supported birth control: Letter from George H. W. Bush shows he was pro-Planned Parenthood.
As Jodi Jacobson notes, Republicans were supportive of women’s health programs and family planning long before they denounced it. In May of 1972, then-UN ambassador George H.W. Bush wrote a letter to “Alan Guttmacher (founder of the Guttmacher Institute) congratulating him on creation of a ‘family planning’ stamp commemorating (gasp!!) Margaret Sanger.”
From the halycon years before the rabid Christian Right took over the GOP.
If you’re anything like me, you probably spend a lot of your time fretting because right wingers have grown incredibly bold about bald-faced lying, and so far it seems there’s literally nothing that can be done about it. We have extensive freedom of speech protections, which is a good thing of course, but leaves us with few options to stem the ever-growing tide of lies emanating from a right wing that knows that it can’t make an honest argument. The mainstream media has basically abandoned its mission to correct lies with the truth. Some publications continue to fact check claims made by pundits, activists, and politicians, but it’s just not enough to counter the endless stream of lies and misinformation coming from the right….
Well, there is one door that is available, but not used especially often: lawsuits. Part of that is that it’s difficult to show damages with some of the lies that right wingers float, but not always. Some lies are actionable. Which is why I’m glad someone fought back against the aneurysm-causing lie that was in non-stop rotation during the health care debate, which is that health care reform somehow meant taxpayer-funded abortions.
"A judge is allowing former Ohio congressman Steve Driehaus to sue the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List for defamation, because as he sensibly pointed out, they were lying about whether abortion is "taxpayer-funded" under the Affordable Care Act.
The irony is that Driehaus is anti-choice. He did, however, vote for health insurance reform, which meant that SBA decided to run the above billboards against him. Despite the fact that abortion is never paid for by federal funds (except extremely limited cases of rape and incest victims on Medicaid) and the ACA didn’t change the status quo, anti-choicers have been obsessed with insisting that it does by focusing on federal subsidies to private plans….
check that page for updates
I just saw this too: Kansas Planned Parenthood to Get Abortion License:
Reproductive choice is still under threat in Kansas, though. The state only has 3 licensed abortion clinics, one of which is the PP—the other two may still be shut down if their lawsuits against the state fail
Kansas avoided becoming the first state without an abortion provider by granting Planned Parenthood a license Thursday to continue performing abortions under new regulations being challenged in federal court.
But Planned Parenthood had been certain enough earlier that its clinic in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park wouldn’t get a license that it filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. The filing came only hours after a state board granted the health department final approval to impose its rules.
It’s official. Every abortion provider in the state of Kansas has been denied a license to continue operating as of July 1. As we reported last week, strict new state laws put in place this month threatened to close the remaining three abortion clinics in Kansas. […]
The new law, which takes effect Friday, establishes new standards for abortion providers—standards apparently designed to make compliance difficult. The rules require changes to the size and number of rooms, compel clinics to have additional supplies on hand, and even mandate room temperatures for the facilities. Given that the rules were released less than two weeks before clinics were expected to be in compliance, many providers knew they wouldn’t be able to obtain a license to continue operating. The laws, often called “targeted regulation of abortion providers,” or TRAP laws, are an increasingly common legislative maneuver to limit access to abortion by rendering it tough, if not impossible, for providers to comply.
The story is still developing, but the prospects for keeping abortion clinics open in Kansas seem grim.
Great job, Kansas! If this new law has the effect that anti-choice legislators intended, then you’ll be the first state to outlaw de facto a constitutional right. The tactics anti-choicers are using to undermine reproductive choice reminds me of grandfather clauses and poll taxes in the Jim Crow south. A right is worthless if the state does everything in its power to make it inaccessible to you.
ETA: Update here.
And its misogynistic undertones.
Agreed! Right-wing assholes like Breitbart are doing their damnedest to find ways to vilify Democrats, like Weiner, who are actually doing their fucking jobs by serving their constituents and calling out bullshit perpetuated by Republican legislators. If these thugs get the chance to harass and shame a woman in the process, then all the better!
….we should be sceptical of this story chiefly because it fits a larger pattern of rightwing culture warriors ganging up and sexually harassing random young women after floating facetious insinuations about improper relationships between these women and Democratic politicians.
Blame Monica Lewinsky. Or, more specifically, blame rightwing nostalgia for the year of Monica Lewinsky, when conservatives were able to openly indulge their hatred of a popular Democratic politician, their prurience and their love of smacking down young women who devote their energies to pursuits other than being good Christian housewives.
And just as the culture of misogynist harassment around abortion clinics shows no signs of fading, so we can expect to see more harassment aimed at random young women who’ve done absolutely nothing wrong but happen to support Democrats while being attractive and female. One rightwing blogger has already floated the suggestion that Representative Weiner’s Twitter followers be looked over carefully, so that other women deemed “luscious” can be similarly singled out for a barrage of online abuse.
The Right clearly has nothing better to do than obsess about sex (faux sex scandals, homophobic laws, going after Planned Parenthood, etc.) and do their best to prevent actual grownups from doing their jobs. The fact that the political Right in this country wastes so much of its time on such shenanigans—rather than, say, working to come up with policy solutions to our problems—shows how morally and intellectually bankrupt it has become.