Deuell Language: Planned Parenthood Says Politics Messing With Women's Health Care

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The state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted yesterday in favor of a bill that would renew the Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-funded program that provides basic women's health care. It was set to expire this year unless the Lege took action, but now that it has the committee's approval, the bill will go in front of the whole Senate.

Good news for low-income Texas women, right? Not quite, at least for the significant portion of those women who use Planned Parenthood. 

While the bill by Greenville Republican Bob Deuell renews the Women's Health Program, it guts funding to Planned Parenthood, according to the Texas Observer. The Texas Attorney General's office previously made it clear that legislators can eliminate abortion providers and their affiliates from the program. So they did.

But if Planned Parenthood has become a scapegoat because of abortion, lawmakers are misguided, Kelly Hart, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of North Texas, tells Unfair Park. "Abortion has nothing to do with this...It's illegal to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. This idea that the money is shared is false."

Employees of Planned Parenthood of North Texas are "dumbfounded," Hart says, adding that the passage of this bill would leave women who use Planned Parenthood -- close to 300,000 per year in Texas -- with fewer choices and a far more difficult time finding health care. Already busy health clinics couldn't possibly handle the overflow, she says.

Perhaps more troubling is that if Planned Parenthood were to sue, and the bill were tossed out as unconstitutional, the entire Women's Health Program would be struck down, according to the Texas Observer.

"I am shocked that this program has become so politicized," Hart says. "We are dismayed that politics have gotten in the way of women's health care."

While loss of government funding would cripple Planned Parenthood, it would not shut down all local branches. The organization receives sufficient support through donations to keep some locations open, though cutbacks and closings would significantly reduce service. 

"Again," Heart says, "I am dumbfounded."
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RS1963
RS1963

The Republican party is aggressively attacking women across the country. At some point - hopefully really, really soon - women will fight back and say "enough is enough".

As for those who are surprised, another commentor had it right: this is exactly the platform the Republican party has been running on for years - decimate public education, public health, public services, while providing increased advantages to those who already are advantaged.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Perhaps it is time to remove the tax exempt status for churches.

Montemalone
Montemalone

What do you expect when a bunch of bible thumping hypocrites get elected?

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

What never ceases to amaze me is how this one issue is simply EVERYTHING to a very small, but extremely vocal, radical group of people in Texas, which enables legislators such as Deuell to get away with ANYTHING, including granting sales tax exemptions for luxury yacht purchasers, gutting funds for education and disability and nursing home care, gutting scholarships to middle class college students, deregulating tuition rates, you name it. They don't care, as long as Planned Parenthood gets beaten to death. Texas is burning, and all they care about is making sure women can't get access to birth control, STD testing and pap smears.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Funny how the same argument never works with funding religious schools or charities.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

If folks want things to be different elect someone else. Like it or not Bob Deuell & Company are doing what they said they would do if they were elected

LaceyB
LaceyB

All I've heard lately is that ladies who try to get female services of any type that are NOT abortions have been shooed away with a big pooh pooh. No OB/GYN services for the uninsured, no bc scrips, nothing. Strictly abortion central, those places.

You'd think Palin would have had those depots condemned on some grounds during the times that she's rolled in and outta here for one reason or another. Now, more political involvement? Whoa, baby!

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

Once again a man makes a law to control women's rights. Any female in the Texas Legislature that supports this bill should be ashamed. I got a vasectomy at PP. I bet if that was all they did their funding would be increased and they would be on the Legislature's insurance plan.

Consenting Adult
Consenting Adult

It's amazing that so many people are for smaller government and less regulations except when it comes to reproduction. And the fight comes down to the basic disagreement over the argument point of where one mass of cells (the impregnated woman or her fertilized egg) becomes more important than the other.

Unfortunately, women's health that has nothing to do with the matter of abortion, which is MUCH more the kind of service that Planned Parenthood provides is being used, ignored, and mistreated like a child in a nasty fight between selfish, divorced parents. I used PP for gynecological exams, STD testing, and birth control pills when I was uninsured and even for a time after I finally got health insurance.

I doubt I would have qualified for a Medicaid-funded program, as a former member of the class of the working poor making just enough to make me ineligible for assistance. It's women like me who get pissed off the most about efforts to defund Planned Parenthood without equal efforts to provide the "non-controversial" services that make up so much of what they provide. All the clamoring to save the lives of unborn people won't do a thing to ensure that we, people who have already been born, can afford a pap smear and breast cancer screening if we don't have health insurance.

John_McKee
John_McKee

This is why I have given up any hope for the Republican party of a long time, if we want to discuss fiscal responsibility with facts that's fine but as it stands now the Republican part has given up any fiscally responsible motive, it's all about backwards social conservatism first, then looking at the reality of issues, it's sickening, history will not look kindly on it and I refuse to associate myself with it in any way.

Phelps
Phelps

So what you are saying is that PP refuses to stop providing a controversial service, and claims that their own refusal is endangering women's health?

heavy metal church lady
heavy metal church lady

I would also like to add to Brenda's comment that women's insurance coverage is about 35-40% higher for women--because of our anatomy (the price of reproduction even within the constraints of holy matrimony), and women have a habit of using their coverage. That's right. We listen to doctors and seek additional services recommended by them in a timely fashion.

So, is it clear now why services provided by PP are so important? Do you hear any of these politicians addressing fundamental inequalities in health care costs and the basis for those inequalities? No. This is political hay and they could care less about women's well-being.

Acillini
Acillini

Exactly. It's okay to use government funds for faith-based initiatives. THEY can separate the proselytizing funds from the needs of the poor.

Phelps
Phelps

Funny how I don't want government paying for schools or charities at all as part of my small government goals.

Phelps
Phelps

Or better yet, make it so that they don't have the power to do things like this regardless of who is elected.

TimCov
TimCov

Exactly! Welcome to living in a Democracy. It is called the tyranny of the majority.

dertymindz
dertymindz

They care nothing of a women's womb. This is all for votes and their sickness is due noted.

Phelps
Phelps

Hey, I'm all for removing government funding from PP, regardless of their stance on abortion, as part of my smaller government stance.

dertymindz
dertymindz

It's really not surprising at all...these are the same folks who brought about the days of "McCarthyism". They thrive off of fear.

heavy metal church lady
heavy metal church lady

First, the "controversial" service is legal. Second, PP clearly stated that federal funds are kept separate from those services--that would be 3% of what they do, not 90% as some politicians would have us believe. Third, I predict that the term "fungible" will arise shortly.

I can only say that all funds are hypothetically fungible.

John_McKee
John_McKee

There is no "controversy", the legality of abortion, the separation of funds and the benefit of the services, all of them, they provide the community is clear.

But yeah, if we are just going to make shit up there is controversy, like all science and religious fundamentalism, which is really what all this is about. Actually it's more than that, it's about the religious leaders hucksters (I think I am being very generous by specifying that the hucksters are an identifiable group within religious fundamentalism) making up an issue for dollars, fame or out of mental illness.

jleonwright
jleonwright

Phelps, you don't support government funding for ob/gyn health services for the poor or government funding for schools. I really have no clue what you think government should do. You're starting to sound like an anarchist, and I'm damn happy you're not running anything.

Phelps
Phelps

Just like religious clinics to "reform" homosexuals, right? Nothing controversial about that, either, since it is legal.

Phelps
Phelps

Euthanasia of animals is legal. It is also controversial. Something being legal does not make it moral or right.

If abortions are only 3% of what they do, why are they, as a business, allowing 3% of their trade to endanger the other 97%?

Phelps
Phelps

My, two comments in a row, making the exact same points, in the exact same order.

You guys wouldn't happen to be reading from the same talking points, would you?

John_McKee
John_McKee

Again, not controversial because there is no evidence to suggest that it works and mountains of evidence to suggest it doesn't, that it is extremely damaging to the well being of the victims of the "service" and that it is exploited in order to continue the persecution of those in the gay community.

Among qualified professionals there is no controversy, just because the ignorant and exploited don't like something does not make it a "controversy" worthy of serious debate or discussion by informed or serious people.

Coleman
Coleman

...euthanasia of animals is controversial? for who, PETA? huh...looks like conservatives have more in common with "the looney left" than they thought.

John_McKee
John_McKee

Why? Because anti-choice people have intimidated, sometimes through deadly force and other illegal and extremely unethical methods, most providers of a legal service out of practicing it and they are one of the only organizations willing and able to stand up for the rights of women to have access to the legal and necessary service of abortion.

But again, to the point you are attempting to make poorly, yes, it is like the humane euthanasia of animals in that it is controversial in the same way that Jesus didn't ride dinosaurs is or a mythical all powerful God chooses to make his presence known us by his image appearing in toast is or that Obama is the anti-christ or all the other crazy stuff evangelicals come up with and demand that the made up and exaggerated controversy be legitimatized and taught.

But sure, maybe the pope is an alien reptilian humanoid like many suggest, it's controversial!

heavy metal church lady
heavy metal church lady

Phelps,

No. The same points of ideological illogic of your post stood out to two individuals at the same time. I don't know the other person or have contact with him. We were posting at the same exact time. It struck me as odd at the time, but in an affirmative way.

Don't read talking points. Don't receive talking points from friends, associates or news sources. Just construct thoughts using rationality and incoming news reports. Anything else?

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