Judge Denies Planned Parenthood's Request to Let Them Back in Texas Women's Health Program

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Let's do this quickly, so you can incorporate it into all the sorrows you're about drown after you leave work today. A state judge has denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction that would have allowed them to rejoin the Texas Women's Health Program.

According to Mary Tuma, a reporter with the American Independent who's been live-tweeting the hearing in Austin today, state District Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied the injunction request in part because he said Planned Parenthood would likely lose their case at trial. But he also found that "injury is probable" to Planned Parenthood's patients, meaning they could likely lose access to healthcare.

The case being heard today was filed on behalf of both Planned Parenthood and a woman named Marcy Balquinta, a WHP patient. Their attorneys argued that under state law, Texas doesn't have the power to exclude PP from the new, state-funded Women's Health Program.

In response to questions from Planned Parenthood attorneys, a Health and Human Services Commission official admitted in his testimony that "it's a possibility" that fewer women would be served with Planned Parenthood out of the WHP.

Dr. Kyle Janek, the commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, issued a statement on the ruling. "This allows us to continue to provide important family planning and preventive care to low-income women and fully enforce state law," it reads. "We've got the Texas Women's Health Program up and running, and we'll continue to provide help to any woman who needs to find a new doctor or clinic."

Planned Parenthood also quickly issued a press release reacting to the ruling. It reads, in part, "While today's request was denied, Planned Parenthood is confident in the merits of its case and hopes the Texas courts will ultimately rule on the side of Balquinta and the 110,000 women who rely on the program for basic, preventive health care."

According to the Texas Tribune, an attorney for Planned Parenthood, Pete Schenkkan, says the nonprofit will consider taking its case to trial.

You'll notice that we've rolled out a fancy new logo for these types of reproductive healthcare stories. Unfortunately, it looks like we're really going to need it.



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rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

While I’m definitely not a big backer of Perry, I think this is a step in the right direction.Look, we pretend to be this enlightened society that has made so many strides but we are still doing something as barbaric as abortion.What we truly need included in the WHP are those organizations that want to treat the women and provide them with support and not try to fast track them to an abortion.Going to PP for guidance is like going to a casino for financial advice (they contribute to a 1/3 of them in the US, accounting for the largest abortion house in the country.Their revenue from abortions is about 60% and they only refer their clients to an adoption agency less than 2% of the time).We need to get past the thinking that abortion is truly a “choice”. We need to provide those in need (the mother’s) with true education and true choices.Not a life and death decision.

MisterMean
MisterMean

So is this judge a republican't?   Give us a wee bit of back gound on this guy please.

Ambelleina Warwillow
Ambelleina Warwillow

"help low income women act irresponsibly"?? I mean, you are aware that the primary function of PP is NOT abortions, correct?

Adam Tamez
Adam Tamez

What it sounds like is that people want us to fund an agency that will help low income women act irresponsibly and not deal with the consequences, or we will have to pay to take care of those consequences... How about we legislate to hold the two idiots who concieved the child responsible and require that they become financially culpable or have the child, who is the real victime, removed from their care and given to a family who will care for them....? Stop making the public responsible for their actions either way they go...

Sabin Geyman
Sabin Geyman

I'm encouraged to hear that the TX judge pushed "Planned Parenthood" OUT! That's a very good thing. In my book, Testing the Spirits: Exposing Dark Sayings & Embracing the Light of Jesus, I point out that the urge to kill babies is historically connected to the worship of Molech, a false god the worship of which was strongly forbidden in the Old Testament. As a largely Christian people, we Americans should tell "Planned Parenthood" and their "abortionists" to bug off everytime they raise their heads.

Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton
Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton

Good. Either pay for your own birth control, have the men you screw pay for it or abstain. I have to take responsibility for my own body. Yet my tax dollars have to pay for others to do the same too. I got off my @ss and got a job with benefits. Do the same for your well woman exams and such. Men need reproductive health screens too you dont here them whining about it. You can 'educate' yourself about all that stuff on the internet anyway. Just Google it. Quit whining. And stop it.

Jonathan McCalip
Jonathan McCalip

^We shouldn't have to. The state is basically screwing low income women to try to kill Planned Parenthood as an entity in Texas. Actions which will drive up health care and human costs as procedures and preventative medicine are not applied at low cost in a PP clinic, and wind up in the emergency room, which the hospitals will bill the state for. The numbers we're talking about? Well, Texas lost $36 million to help cover low income women's healthcare costs by refusing to allow Planned parenthood to participate in its women's health program; but it still has the WHP to fund, right? So guess who's pocket that's coming from? For the party of “fiscal conservatism” its a really crappy argument.

Julia Vargas
Julia Vargas

This is the most heinous display of disregard committed against the female population of Texas. Planned parenthood has been a supporter of women's health for years. They provide free and low cost health services, education and support to women through out the United States. I used their services as a very young woman with no insurance to educate on birth control, diagnose my pregnancies and direct me to additional health services while carrying my first child. Denying that type of support to low income women over burdens the sorry public health systems here in texas, and will lead to multiple issues for the women who most need these services. If there is a group of women who are planning to sue the state over this, let me know, I want in!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

so what the court says is: yes, the legislature has set up a system that will likely harm the poor women of texas as their ability to access healthcare is limited, but by golly they did it legally!

MisterMean
MisterMean

@rbtxcat75 You are mistaken in that PP only accounts for 3 percent .03 or 3 out of every 100.    I would imagine that Rick Perry's (and the Taliban Republican's) plans will result in more abortions.   Every day it seems that the way to go is to start taxing churches as they seem to be more concerned with their coffers (and an occasional alter boy at that too).


primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@MisterMean State judges are elected. The federal cases are more likely to be successfull.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Adam Tamez This is a weak argument. So how should we react to the millions of people in this country whose irresponsible diet choices led them down a path of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the costs for which taxpayers help cover with Medicare and Medicaid? By your rationale, we should enact legislation that makes these people financially responsible for their diet choices.

miss-ashly
miss-ashly

@Sabin Geyman You are my favorite crazy person today.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@everlastingphelps Do so monthly-and will contribute to NARAL too (in you name-now THEY do abortions).  Can't let the Republican Taliban get away with this.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

do it every year, Planned Parenthood does so much good.

they provide basic healthcare services to the less fortunate, they provide reproductive counseling/contraception that result in less unintended preganancies (and therefore fewer abortions), and they provide educational services to teens that help stop the cycle of teen pregancies as well as basic sex ed that is missing in public schools. oh, they also help those kids who are coping with discovering they aren't the typical hetero, too.

thanks for the link, hopefully many will give some $ to this great org!

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@MisterMean @rbtxcat75

Not sure what 3% you are referring to.If you are talking about PP accounting for 1/3 or 33% of all abortions, it depends on the website you look at.Based on PP’s website, they account for 23% to 24% of all abortions in the US.If you look at some independent researchers, they would claim that number is closer to the mid 30’s.Either way, that still puts them #1 in the US as the main abortion provider. Also, depending on the information you get, that accounts for between 290,000 and 323,000 abortions a year.Essentially wiping out the population of Plano and Frisco combined on a yearly basis.There #1 revenue stream is abortions.You cannot deny that.Handing out condoms doesn’t make you a billion dollar company (taken from their own stats).

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@MisterMean

The trouble you see is that I actually do care for the mothers and babies.I’m not“sticking my nose” in others business.I’m for actually presenting options to women instead of giving them the so-called“choice” of just putting them in an abortion clinic line.What a choice!Don’t play the card that you care, because you don’t.You just think I shouldn’t care.That’s the bottom line.Education is key is this issue.Women are going to PP who has a sales goal to meet or heading to an abortion clinic who is going to abort the baby because that is their job, nothing else.We need other organizations that have a different philosophy.It comes down to genuine care for people.We are all in the same boat and have to take care of each other (including the fetus’ that everybody in the world develop from).Science doesn’t support your argument on that one.Spend a day sitting in front of an abortion clinic and look at the faces of those women and then tell me that we don’t need better options, true options.True pro-choice that does not include killing an innocent child.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@rbtxcat75

First a fetus is not a baby.Second it is none of your business what other’s do with their lives or their bodies.I am constantly amazed of the lack of outrage, by such people who seem to want to stick their noses where it does not belong, when we see reports of in the news of rampant child abuse by parents (the latest starving death of a young boy,the running to death of a young girl by her mother in Alabama, and the pedophilia of church against alter boys to name just a few).

You are pro birth not pro life-“once the child is born it’s not my concern” they say. Oh we can’t fund any health care for these children be cause that is socialism.I resent you trying to “earn” brownie points with God by trying to force your beliefs down others throats.

Again I ask (and have yet to hear a response like “I have”) how many unwanted children have you adopted?None I bet.Are you financially supporting your children who you have had (current with any child support?).“Oh can’t do that!”“Oh we can’t fund contraceptives because that is against “MY” beliefs –oh but I sure need Viagra because I can’t get it up anymore.”

I am tired of religious nuts constantly sticking their noses in others business that does not concern them.  This is between a woman (not you) and her doctor.   You are the same whack jobs that complain about government intrusion while sticking your noses in others business.

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@MisterMean

Based on PP’s own annual reports, they performed 333,964 abortions in 2011 (FACT).That is an increase up from last year and the year before, still making them the leading abortion provider in the nation (FACT).But wait, they do all of this preventative work right?They perform all of these services that are not abortion related right (32% of their services is contraception)?So why do the abortions increase every year?Because giving clients true education and referring to adoption agencies doesn’t make the revenue targets.They are a sales based organization plain and simple.And the government has increased funding to them over the same period of time yet more and more abortions are being performed.So why don’t we work with other providers that have a better track record instead of writing a $540 million dollar check every year to a $1.2 billion company that is not really concerned with educating the mother.Federal government shouldn’t mandate this and Texas should be able to choose which providers they want to work with that might have an eye towards true charity.

MisterMean
MisterMean

I wonder where you got your facts. Most reputable news originations I read state that 1) PP is prohibited from using federal funds for abortion. FACT. 2) That only 3 percent of PP's activities are related to abortion. FACT.

I would also suggest that you take a peak at the Dallas Morning News' editorial about this mess. They seem to concur with the main stream views (not the Tal-i-ban-Repub-li-can’s).

Again we the citizens are paying for our politicians grand standing.

Time to tax the churches too.

MisterMean
MisterMean

I wonder where you got your facts.   Most reputable news originations I read state that 1) PP is prohibited from using federal funds for abortion.   FACT.   2) That only 3 percent of PP's activities are related to abortion.  FACT.

I would also suggest that you take a peak at the Dallas Morning News' editoral about this mess-it reads to me that even they feel that this is a joke.

Again we the citizens are paying for our politicians grand standing.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@MisterMean @everlastingphelps Explain how Gosnell's clinic was an improvement over back alley abortions.

As for "respectable" there was nothing in the documentary that wasn't in the Grand Jury murder indictment.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@everlastingphelps So you prefer the old days of back ally abortions and coat hangers too?   I do not know who produced this video-seems a wee bit long for something from a respectable news organization.

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