Planned Parenthood Announces Plans to Close Three Texas Clinics, Blames the Legislature

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It hasn't even been 24 hours since Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2, the infamous abortion clinic-killing bill, into law, and three Planned Parenthood clinics are already making plans to shut their doors.

The Huffington Post reports that Planned Parenthood clinics in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin will close down this August.

This isn't just about the recent abortion bill. Officials with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast placed much of the blame on the legislature's massive cuts to the Women's Health Program in 2011.

"Deplorably, the combined impact of years of budget cuts to women's health care services and the dismantling of the successful Women's Health Program will take affordable, preventive health care options away from women in Bryan, Lufkin and Huntsville -- just as these policies have taken health care away from an estimated 130,000 others," Melaney A. Linton, the chapter's president, announced in a statement.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, which covers the Dallas area, says it has no immediate plans to close clinics. At least not yet.

"That's a question we're not in a position to answer right now because we don't have it," spokeswoman Kelly Hart tells Unfair Park. "We've made no decisions at this point."

Regardless, the future is grim for Dallas-Fort Worth's six abortion clinics. CBS 11 talked with officials at the Routh Street Women's Clinic, which sees 4,000 patients per year, who say they can't afford the $3 million in upgrades required under the new rules passed by the legislature and will have to close.

Dallas' Southwestern Women's Surgery Center will not. It's the only abortion provider in the city that qualifies as an ambulatory surgery center as required by the new law. The clinic's administrator predicts that every other abortion provider in Dallas will be forced to close.

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pak152
pak152

closing clinics is nothing new to PP as can be seen in this article. they will just blame the closures on the new law
“The number of Planned Parenthood affiliates continued to decline from the 1977-1978 all-time high of 191. At the close of the fiscal year in mid 2010, PP reports it had 88 affiliates, operating 840 facilities,” the group adds. “STOPP research shows that by the end of January 2011, Planned Parenthood had only 86 affiliates operating 785 centers. This decline in facilities can be directly attributed to unprecedented grassroots activism directly targeting Planned Parenthood facilities, and attacks on government funding.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/05/planned-parenthood-51-of-its-income-comes-from-abortions/

MisterMean
MisterMean

More and more I am reading people referring to the GOP, TEA party as the Texas Taliban.   If the shoe fits then they should where it.

Threeboys
Threeboys

I thought in the hoopla about Komen no longer funding PP, that PP said they didn't perform abortions.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

When my wife and I were considering moving to Plano from Alabama in the mid 90's, we almost backed out when we got one of those real-estate city profile booklets and saw in North Texas city after city listed as "Alcohol:Dry."  Plano was literally the only city in about a 20 mile radius that was "wet."  Did we freak because alcohol was that important to us?  Not at all.  But in our experience in Alabama, "dry" counties were populated predominately by snake-handlers that thought you were a witch if you believed in evolution.  It's not the being "dry," its what that says about the place.

The folks in Austin climbing over each other to show that they can out-conservative the next guy are pretty proud of our "Texas miracle" economy, which is doing pretty well now.  But we should consider that everyone knows the "knowledge economy" is the future.  Texas needs to attract the best and the brightest.  And trust me, educated and intelligent people are going to look at things like this BS and decide "I really don't think I want to live there."

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The morning-after pill should be readily available for women who cannot bring a child into the world for reasons of their own.  Abortion would become a thing of the past.

TheCrusher
TheCrusher

I thought the official radical-feminist-leftist-marxist position on abortion was "safe, legal, and rare." Has it changed to "unfettered and ubiquitous?" Abortion is still legal in Texas, well past the first trimester, into the fifth month of pregnancy. Abortion is now safer, because clinics providing such "healthcare" services must meet higher standards for safety and physician competency. Perhaps certain ghastly late-term abortions will become less frequent, rendering abortion a more rare procedure? So, where are we going wrong, those of us who fight for Human Life? Do you want what you say you want? Or is that just for the cameras? 


ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Is it that PP can't afford the cost of the upgrades, or is it that the fee charged for the abortion procedure will have to be raised in order to cover the cost of the upgrades, thereby rendering the procedure out of the economic reach of the typical patient seeking the procedure?


If the latter is the case, then I fear for the return of the days when a friend knew a friend who had heard of someone that would do the procedure.


Although the concept of abortion is something that does not sit well with me, I am concerned that we will see a rise in emergency room admissions of women with sepsis and or a perforated uterus over the next few years.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@pak152 Do more research, from widely varied sources.  PP's funding from government sources has been the target of attacks and probes for years and, to date, there has been nothing found that they can be dinged on.  PP probably has the most audited books in the US.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@pak152

"there was no statement nor any evidence anywhere in the GAO report that Planned Parenthood received $2.02 billion or that any money was missing."

"The statement irresponsibly suggests misappropriation of federal funds without any evidence. That makes it not just false, but ridiculously so. As a result, we rate the statement Pants on Fire."

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/mar/25/worldnetdaily/planned-parenthood-funding-did-gao-really-find-mil/

MisterMean
MisterMean

Typo it should be wear as opposed to where.  Sorry I messed up and was in a hurry.

OneCritter
OneCritter

@Threeboys

 I believe what PP actually said was that the money they receive from programs like Komen do not go towards abortion proceedures.  The money they receive from those types of programs go towards well-woman exams (pap smears, breast exams, etc) for those who cannot afford those services from OBGYNs in the area. 

It is unfortunate that these clinics are closing.  I would venture to guess that the clinics in Bryan and Huntsville service a large number of college-age women.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Threeboys there are separate distinct functions of PP, very few of the clinics perform them.  Most are womens wellness and health centers

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@CitzenKim 
Note - our "miracle" is no miracle.  It's just that the folks who scammed the country were mostly from here, and this is where they keep their money.

Guesty
Guesty

@CitzenKim The "Texas miracle" is one part dumb luck (God put the oil and gas in the ground, not Rick Perry); one part leaching off the public education of other states (why educate our people when we can let other states educate their people and then attract those people here after they graduate); and one part borrow and let the next generation worry about paying for it (why tax when you can fund infrastructure with bonds).  

Of course, that system only benefits Texans who own property with oil and gas or who are already rich and can afford a private education.  And it creates a nation-wide race to the bottom in public education.  The current Texans who can't take advantage of the economy because they couldn't afford an education will have to deal with those bonds some day.  It's kind of like Texas is getting to have a second run at living through the 80s.    

OneCritter
OneCritter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Not everyone knows they are pregnant the day after sex happens.  Maybe they wore protection and didn't realize it failed?  Not even the morning-after pill is 100% effective.


It's not up to you or anyone else to decide what should or shouldn't be part of the past.

And P.S., Planned Parenthood isn't just a revolving door of abortions.  Abortions are only a small percentage of all the services they give every year.  The majority of what they do is offer preventative health care like pap smears and breast exams for people who can't afford, or otherwise don't have access to those services elsewhere. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Women who are risk taking enough to be unintentionally impregnated are rarely meticulous enough to get to the morning-after pill until several weeks into the pregnancy.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@TheCrusher Safe, legal and rare was always bullshit.  Unregulated, dirty, unsafe, and common was always the intent.

Guesty
Guesty

@TheCrusher This line is bull shit, and you know it.  The purpose of this statute has nothing to do with safety.  It was intended all along to close as many clinics as possible and to drive up the barriers to abortions as high as possible.  So now most people who would get an abortion during the first trimester will be unable because they can't travel hundreds of miles or afford to pay significantly more to get an abortion.  That was always the goal.  Supporters of the legislation should just own it.  As a Christian, I find the dishonesty of the people advocating for this legislation to be abhorrent and just as sinful in the eyes of the Lord as any other sin.

And the hypocrisy of the proponents also is amazing.  Supporters are all about reducing regulation.  If a business owner wants to operate in such a way that it contributes to the death of thousands of people because of pollution, lack of safety standards, etc., all these pro-lifers suddenly decide that regulations shouldn't get in the way of jobs and "economic freedom."        

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Exactly.  No one, I mean no one, likes the idea of abortion.  But, the government has no right torturing women who are already facing a harrowing decision that might haunt them for the rest of their lives.  It's a brutal and cruel punishment by hypocritical moral crusaders, who have, themselves, plenty of shame stored up in their closets.

bifftannen
bifftannen

@Guesty Oil and gas come from dead dinosaurs. But they're only here because of Satan, right?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

yes, you have exposed the "intent" of the right wing's attack on abortion rights!

it's so clear now that you say it, the right is trying to close the regulated, clean and safe clinics that operate today so women who get abortions have to resort to those that are "unregulated, dirty, unsafe"!

TheCrusher
TheCrusher

@Guesty @TheCrusher You aren't a Christian if you support abortion. You can't be a follower of Christ and tacitly allow his children to be destroyed in utero because they are inconvenient or because the "right" to consequence free sex is more important than Human Life.

As I've said before, are cigarette smoking regulations invalid because the intent of the authors of such regulations is to stop people from smoking? 

There is a balance to be struck between regulation of business and economic growth. There is no reasonable argument for abortion unless you believe human beings are nothing more than cosmic accidents, mere clumps of cells that may or may not be inconvenient, and when they are inconvenient, they can be destroyed at the pleasure of the one who is inconvenienced.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

if the need "to get them to the emergency room" is such a critical issue, can you show where there a) has been a frequent incidence of the need, and b) where not getting 'to the emergency room" has resulted in death or permanent injury?

Also, if the need "to get them to the emergency room" is important for women who go thru this procedure, why is the same requirement not there for birthing centers? One would think that if this is so necessary for abortions, it would be even more so for childbirthing!

or for dental surgery. or for gastric bypass. or for other outpatient procedures....

Guesty
Guesty

@everlastingphelps @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Not exactly. People will eventually make their way to the emergency room from the back alleys the Republicans pushed them into for their abortions, but for many of them it will be too late.  More women would die from abortion complications because of this statute.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Threeboys @ScottsMerkin 3% of Planned Parenthood's activities are abortions.  They never said they didn't perform abortions.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@mavdog That's not really a change.  They are already unregulated, dirty, and unsafe.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@TheCrusher Perhaps you can point out the verses (which in the past I have requested but no one has been able to cite) which deal with abortion.  There are plenty on infanticide.  

 While you are at it take a read on Leviticus and please share your observations on those jewels such as slavery (after all if you believe in the Bible then.....)

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TheCrusher @Guesty One can support free choice without supporting abortion.  I'm firmly in that camp myself.  I'm a follower of Christ to boot.  You see, Christian is a generic term to refer to people who attend church hoping to gain salvation through some sort of installment plan.  You can keep the label, and your Christians.

You can't legislate morality.  Neither Jesus, nor the writers of the NT, exhorted their followers to get involved in the affairs of men (i.e. government).  In fact Jesus warns several times against being caught up in the law, as does Paul.

Fighting for a legal end to abortion is not doing the Lord's work.  You don't get extra credit in Purgatory for it. (Not the Catholic pre-Hell and definitely not the Colorado Ski Area).  It may assuage your own guilt over being a sinful being by giving you the perception of moral superiority, but that's all it is, your perception.

Your very arrogance in the line "you aren't a Christian if...." gives the casual reader all the information they need to know about you and your particular brand of 'Christianity'.

Guesty
Guesty

@TheCrusher @Guesty "What in the Bible indicates to you that Christ loves abortion? What about Christ, as He is depicted in the Bible, suggests to you that He would favor personal convenience and consequence free sex over the right to Life of the unborn?"

Christ never spoke a word about abortion (lest you think otherwise, it did happen in Christ's time).  I don't know what he thinks about it.  I don't know when a fetus becomes a human.  And I do not "love abortion."  But I'm confident that if abortion was the singular issue on which "Christianity" were defined, my Bible would have the word "abortion" in red letters somewhere in the New Testament.  

"And no one is lying about anything." 

Is the purpose of the statute to make it as difficult as possible for a woman to get an abortion in Texas during the first trimester?  Honest people in favor of the statute will have to say "Yes, the reason I support this is because women who would otherwise get an abortion probably won't be able to now.  This is my goal.  I view it only as the first step to banning all abortions."  But they won't.  They lie.  They claim they care about the health and welfare of the mothers, but ...  

"Will higher standards and more competent physicians make abortions safer?"

I am certain that more women will die in Texas from abortion complications as a result of this statute than would have without it.  They will die from complications from illegal abortions because the clinic they would have gone to will be closed and they won't be able to afford to travel to a big city and pay thousands of dollars.      

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheCrusher here is a hint, fairy tales are not real.  Also, why must you force your beliefs on to others.  Am I not allowed to think or believe what I want?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheCrusher @Guesty 

NewsFlash:

There are a whole heap of Christians that don't live up to many, if not most of their lofty ideals.

TheCrusher
TheCrusher

@Guesty @TheCrusher What in the Bible indicates to you that Christ loves abortion? What about Christ, as He is depicted in the Bible, suggests to you that He would favor personal convenience and consequence free sex over the right to Life of the unborn? Least of my brothers, right? He knew you in the womb, right? Are those just words to you?

And no one is lying about anything. Will higher standards and more competent physicians make abortions safer? Without question.


Guesty
Guesty

@TheCrusher @Guesty Funny you think that one's views on abortion are the key element to Christianity.  And all this time, I thought is was all about believing in God, that Christ was the son of God, that he died for our sins, and that through his death and Resurrection our sins were forgiven. But hey, maybe you got a more recently revised Bible that mentions abortion and leaves out the part about Christ.  

But you didn't deny (and in fact confirmed) that you and supporters of this legislation are lying when they say this is about women's safety and not an attempt to eliminate as many abortions as possible during the first trimester by regulating them out of existence.  So, according to my Bible, you have sinned, but because of the Lord's grace, you have also been forgiven.  But our Bibles might disagree about that too.  What does your Bible say about lying?  

MisterMean
MisterMean

@everlastingphelps The reports in the news that I have read is that reputable clinics had reported Gosnell years before it broke in the news.   Those in charge chose to ignore the reports and let him fester.   

And I am sure that there are christians who are elated at the possibility of their self rigorousness and godliness being affirmed with each illegal abortion that will occur (especially when a woman will either die or suffer permanent health damage due to it)..   Nothing says life like a loaded gun, denying health care to others who can not afford it, or paving your way to heaven on the miss fortunes of others.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@everlastingphelps@mavdog "This is all in direct response to the Gosnell abattoir.  I know that you're on the record as saying that you're fine with six dead women every year to keep abortions cheap and plentiful,  but I think most people would rather they not happen in horror shows like that, especially when those types of places are almost always in poor black neighborhoods."

 Careful, Phelps, you're making a very good liberal argument for stricter gun control.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

LMAO! it was only a matter of time till you would interject Gosnell into the discussion....so predictable.

newsflash: the sadistic Gosnell could easily have done his worst even with these ASC mandates, they don't prevent a bad doctor.

can you find one in Texas, for as you may recall that is what we are dealing with.

Texas. not Pennsylvania.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@mavdoghttp://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/mass/kermit-gosnell/the-death-of-karnamaya-mongar.html

"Gosnell had arrived and was attempting to perform CPR; when that failed, they went upstairs to retrieve the "crash cart," which contained medication that can help revive someone having a heart attack. They attempted to use the defibrillator. But like most of the medical equipment at the facility, it didn't work.

An ambulance was ultimately called at 11 p.m., three hours after Mongar's daughter had seen her be unresponsive. Gosnell and his staff omitted key facts: they didn't tell the EMTs that she had been given Demerol. By the time EMTs arrived, they had removed her IVs. They also hadn't bothered injecting her with Narcan, which can jump start a failing heart.

At least ten minutes had passed between the administering of CPR and the 911 call; more minutes still passed when the medics couldn't get into the facility because of the locked emergency exit."

This is all in direct response to the Gosnell abattoir.  I know that you're on the record as saying that you're fine with six dead women every year to keep abortions cheap and plentiful,  but I think most people would rather they not happen in horror shows like that, especially when those types of places are almost always in poor black neighborhoods.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Guesty @everlastingphelps @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Right.  They already can't get out and to the emergency room because of ASC non-compliance, but if we make the clinics gets ASC compliant, we will only make the situation worse.

Got it.  Makes perfect sense.  Like I said, this is the ONLY instance where a liberal wants LESS regulation of medicine.

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