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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dubya’s Texas Judge Stands Up For Planned Parenthood

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled on Monday that Texas cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from its Women’s Health Program, raising fears that conservative politicians may scrap the entire program.

Yeakel — who was appointed to the bench by George W. Bush in 2003 — imposed an injunction against enforcing a law that bans state agencies from providing funds to organizations affiliated with abortion providers. Eight Planned Parenthood clinics that do not provide abortions sued the state, arguing that the law unconstitutionally restricts their freedom of speech.

In his ruling, Yeakel referenced the fact that the Department of Health and Human Services chose to cut off all of Texas’ Medicaid funding for family planning as a result of the law.

“The court is particularly influenced by the potential for immediate loss of access to necessary medical services by several thousand Texas women,” Yeakel wrote. “The record before the court at this juncture reflects uncertainty as to the continued viability of the Texas Women’s Health Program.”

After the Department of Health and Human Services cut Texas’ Medicaid funding, Texas Governor Rick Perry has promised to fund the program with the state’s own money instead. That may be a hard sell to conservative lawmakers, however, who have promised to shut down the entire Women’s Health Program if Planned Parenthood is included in it.

“We call on Governor Perry and the state to put Texan women first and set aside any vendetta they may have against Planned Parenthood,” Patricio Gonzales, CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County, said after the ruling. “No woman should ever have to fear being cut off from her doctor’s care because of shortsighted political games.”

Yeakel’s injunction is only a temporary measure; he will make a final decision after presiding over a full trial. Whatever decision he makes then will likely be appealed.

  • Now let those heads roll, women should be running to the polls in November to get out of office all those that put their health and healthcare at risk. If you don’t then you only have to look in the mirror to see who the responsible party is!!!!!!! Get them out of office.

  • Coldcowboy

    Another judge kissing Obama’s a ss.

    • How do you figure? See Larry P’s comment above. Judges are supposed to be objective and based in the law and the relevant constitutions. The whole point of the judiciary is that one branch of the government, at least, should not swing in the political winds. No ass-kissing involved.

      • Coldcowboy

        You got to be a bleeding heart liberal.

        • Maybe you can describe a “bleeding heart liberal” then I will describe for you a “heartless conservative”!

          • Coldcowboy

            My, My, aren’t we touchy!!!!!!!!

  • Why do you call him bush’s judge, it sounds to me it’s working the way it’s suppose to, Bush seats him, he interprets, thats how its suppose to work. You want it to be political, but its not. Why didn’t you question the leaks from the liberal judges after they went into closed door hearings to hand down constitutional rulings, yet one or two had to let the outside world know how they were leaning on the vote, then obama gave his little speech admonishing them to vote his health care in. I didn’t hear you say anything about that, Why?

  • Why do you call him bush’s judge, it sounds to me it’s working the way it’s suppose to, Bush seats him, he interprets, thats how its suppose to work. You want it to be political, but its not. Why didn’t you question the leaks from the liberal judges after they went into closed door hearings to hand down constitutional rulings, yet one or two had to let the outside world know how they were leaning on the vote, then obama gave his little speech admonishing them to vote his health care in. I didn’t hear you say anything about that, Why?

    • silverheat

      Because making fun of anything Dubya is fun. It has to be fun because if we think about him, we cry. Eight years of screwing up everything is really sad. At least if we make fun of that pathetic piece of shit, be get a bit of solace.

      • And it wasn’t just 8 years of screwing up. After all, we Texans had to endure him as governor before that. (And got Perry when Bush was elected president.)

        I used to be a Republican, before they went bat-sh1t crazy. Now I’m doing everything I can to get rid of them all…

    • HE’s not Bush’s Judge anymore. Ha Ha

    • HE’s not Bush’s Judge anymore. Ha Ha

  • Claiming that violated their “freedom of speech” we be like me claiming I didn’t need a drivers license because the law that I have it to legally drive violates ‘the 1st Amendment. Fund it out of Texas State Taxes. Were was he actually get the money, and would it stand up in court. These “conservatives”, that keep pushing these kinds of laws though trying to limit womens rights don’t seem to get it. Statistically, more women then men vote at EVERY election. Start packing.

  • Claiming that violated their “freedom of speech” we be like me claiming I didn’t need a drivers license because the law that I have it to legally drive violates ‘the 1st Amendment. Fund it out of Texas State Taxes. Were was he actually get the money, and would it stand up in court. These “conservatives”, that keep pushing these kinds of laws though trying to limit womens rights don’t seem to get it. Statistically, more women then men vote at EVERY election. Start packing.

  • We call on Governor Perry and the state to put Texan women first and set aside any vendetta they may have against Planned Parenthood,” Patricio Gonzales,

    Miss Gonzales needs to understand, that planned phood gets my tax dollars also, why shouldn’t I have a say how they are used, Planned Parenthood use’s my TAX dollars to help fund abortions and I’m against abortion, why should a human being have to die, just because of your folly.

    • kevins198

      Your tax dollars do not go to help PP fund abortions. Unlike my tax dollars going for a folly of a war in Iraq. Get your facts straight. Stop watching faux news

    • your whole premise of objection based on dollars is flawed. You need to learn what you are talking about before you use false facts.

      As to your belief in or against abortion in any form or for any reason, that is your right and what you choose to live with as a standard. I applaud you for taking a stand on what you believe as a core value.

      The two things are not the same, I just feel that by ont using talking points, we all can learn and grow as a people, then these problems could get worked out instead of all the false so called facts spreading through the internet rumor mill.

    • Pat Brown

      My taxes fund war. They also fund sleazy politicians who don’t care about anybody but themselves. And they funded billion dollar bailouts for greedy Wall Street CEOs (that have not been paid back). I’d love to stop spending MY TAXES on something that only exists to destroy people.

      The day you can have children Larry, is the day you have a say in what choices I or any other woman makes.

      Grow a womb or grow a heart but get off that bus called stupid where you can’t seem to separate access to abortion from access to planning a family — something every women in the world should be able to do.

    • My tax dollars also go to subsidize oil companies! They destroyed some of the livelihood of millions of Americans living along the Gulf shore! A lot more harm done there than a few abortions! Furthermore, why don’t let the women decide what is best for them? Talk about a war on women!

    • glennst010

      Larry,

      My taxes have gone to more than 3 wars that I did not want. Would you kindly arrange for a refund?

    • other than the fact gov.perry is an idiot, how about you bible thumpers get real , birth control stops the need for other means. if you refuse to alow young folks knowledge and access to the facts, and make birth control the accepted norm. instead of a sin, you could forget about abortion except for life SAVING reasons. no legislation is ever going to do a damn thing for morality. most people who have a brain know this. humans are naturally about making babys, it’s why we’re here , get used to that idea.

  • We call on Governor Perry and the state to put Texan women first and set aside any vendetta they may have against Planned Parenthood,” Patricio Gonzales,

    Miss Gonzales needs to understand, that planned phood gets my tax dollars also, why shouldn’t I have a say how they are used, Planned Parenthood use’s my TAX dollars to help fund abortions and I’m against abortion, why should a human being have to die, just because of your folly.

  • You better save some tears for the clown in there now, because fun doesn’t compare to scared. Theres your pathetic piece of $h!t.

  • jimackermann

    Planned Parenthood is not “Planned Parenthood”. It is an abortion clinic.

    It is time for men and women to become sexually responsible. If you wish to drop your drawers at every evenings dance, then get ready for the homecoming dance, you might be pregnant..

    Dance, Dance your night away.

    I do not care if is the responsibility of the man or the woman to have sex without causing person that the government will have to provide for. Just know this. I will not pay one penny for the fact that you are too stupid to protect yourselves from pregnancy.

    To begin with, it’s the oxymoron, It isn’t “Planned Parenthood”. This is a service for those that have an “Unplanned Parenthood”. I forgot my pill. Please, government, solve my problem. Give me a free abortion. It is merely an abortion mill. Do you actually think that young people walk into one of these clinics and say, “Perhaps someday I would like to have children, can you give me advice”? Youngsters already think that they know the answer to everything, until they get into trouble

    Me thinks that today’s parents were far to liberal. They did not teach there children the consequences of their actions.

    At some point in time, if you or your children can not see that the actions that are being taken are destructive and will have to be absorbed by the general population, then “Shame on you”. You write the checks.

    There is a the song; “Teach Your Children Well”. We haven’t been doing this very well.

    • Could you give us some facts as to your allegations that Planned Parenthood is an abortion clinic! When was the last time JIM you were at a Planned Parenthood Clinic? Were you advised to get an abortion? I will write the checks for Planned Parenthood! You write the checks for the wars started by George Bush…and for the subsidies to the oil companies! Those are the programs your buddies, George Bush and the Republicans got us into and we are still paying!

      • jimackermann

        And when was the last time that you were at one. My son, not the brightest star in the sky, tells me that his friend was advised to have an abortion because between the two consenting children, they couldn’t find a rubber.

        And so now you want to make it about oil companies. How did you get there. Probably the same way that you thought that abortion is is form of birth control. For me, I wish your mother had had that option.

        • Carla Skidmore

          Jim, Planned Parenthood is for health care, all types of health care, physical exams, cancer screening, STD testing, breast examinations, Pap smears and in fact it is the only way some women can access health care, because it is free, or on a sliding scale for those without insurance, and accepts any insurance. Only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does regarding health care is performing abortion, and that is not federal money that pays for these few abortions. The Hyde Amendment made that ruling years ago. What it does do for a person with an unplanned pregnancy is give that person all her options. It counsels on ALL options, and yes, that includes abortion, but it also will give referrals to adoption agencies if that is what the woman chooses to do. They allow a woman to have as safe and healthy a pregnancy as possible if she decides to take her pregnancy to term and either surrender the baby for adoption or keep the child.

    • glennst010

      If older Americans “taught their children well” we would not be in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bush Sr. is partially at fault.

      • jimackermann

        I am an “older American”. When I grew up, I had never heard of Afghanistan. I had heard of Viet Nam. Got sent there. And how would you like me to teach my children better than you did. Do you have children.

        Maybe you should ask Jerald Ford.

  • I am a 57 year old male. I was married for 36 years before my wife passed away. In all those years of life and marriage, it would have been the most disrespectful thing I could have ever done to my wife or any woman to tell them they are not entitled to the health care they need. To continue this assualt on women’s care programs just goes to show how little these people know what many women do just to stay healthy and keep their kids healthy in the communities they live. These people only know how to instill hate and fear. Give these women the respect they deserve, let them work to find solutions to this massive problem instead of doing it in back rooms filled with cigar smoke and the “good ole boys” making the decisions.

  • I absolutely agree that all women need to have access to healthcare but lets not start with misinformation. Womens clinics are mostly staffed by nurses and nurse practitioners. It is rare for any woman to see a doctor. Usually the doctor stops in once or twice per month to sign off on paperwork.

    • And what is your point? Nurses and nurse practitioners are cheaper than doctors in the USA!

      • jimackermann

        My wife is an RN. I listen to her, Obama does not hvae a chance. He thinks he is smarter than the people in the trenches. He is dumber than a box of rocks.

    • jimackermann

      Boring and a lie. Women can find all the health care treatment they want, if they want it. Much more than men can get The “World”thinks of a poor girl as something that has to be helped. It thinks alot less of a male who has suffered. Fenale or male, help someone turn their lives around. Be bigger in your hert than you were today.

  • I am deeply disturbed by the so called “moral” objections when the same people who want to limit womens access to birthcontrol or in many cases hormone therapy because of their moral standards of women not needing birth control while they support giving men viagra, cialis etc. There are no questions as to whether the man is single or married. What if he is married and the wife is sterile? shouldn’t their morals and biblical excuses exclude them from sex if the wife is not able to bear children? Is it not the biblical reason for sex to be for the purpose of having children? Why don’t they expect the wife to give consent if the husband wants viagra? What if the wife can not have sex due to medical reasons and the husband wants viagra? that would be supporting adultery?

  • Since perry was able to hide away and have others running his campaign in the past, many people did not know and did not believe what an illiterate redneck he is. Now that he has shown himself and been heard, I can only pray that people took notice of the joke we have as a governor.

  • what the hell is going on? this country is lost, corprate money can buy the house and senate, but a woman can’t control her own body? get out of my world with your bizintine minds. volintarry birth control beats whats going to happen without it.

  • daffodilly

    TEXAS WOMEN!!! ARE YOU OUT THERE?!!! CAN YOU HEAR WHAT THESE YOKELS ARE SAYING?!! The Texas women I’ve known would never allow a man, or another woman, to dictate what they do and do not have a right to. What astounds is that intelligent reasonable Conservative women aren’t taking scalps!!! What does any woman have to gain by the rights of any other woman being abridged?

  • So the Men once again get to decide what is “best’ for the Women. Not much has changed in Texas I guess. Ladies, you need to band together, Republican and Democrats alike, and vote these fools out of office. Your Daughters might be paying a steep price in the years to come……

  • Republicans are anti-women, anti-poor, anti-opportunity, and just all around anti-america. Get these corporate puppet douchebags out of office ASAP!!!

  • lexi001

    I was one of “those” women back in the early 60’s whose parents did teach me well. I simply ignored them, as many strong, bull-headed teenagers do, EVEN when they come from good homes with a Christian upbringing and kind, loving parents. I still managed to get pregnant at 16! It happened to a lot of us “good girls”, by the way. I wish I had somewhere to go to learn about birth-control, because you don’t think my wonderful Irish mother was going to educate me on that issue, do you? They just told us through church what a sin it was. That worked real well. I had my daughter and did marry, God forbid it would have been the end of the world if I didn’t. I had a son three years later. The marriage was over a year after his birth. I raised my two children who are wonderful, caring, intelligent, hard-working adults today. I never once thought they couldn’t do the same thing I did, as much as I prayed they wouldn’t. Well, they didn’t, get pregnant or get a young lady pregnant that is. I’m pretty sure they had sex before I would have liked, but I prepared them for that chance. You people who will attack, as I know you will, need to get rid of your judgmental, un-christian attitudes. There is a mean-spiritedness out there that I will call evil. If you think making the judgments you do makes you a good christian, you are sadly mistaken. I call you evil. God does not look with favor upon you. He is crying watching man lash out and judge everyone who doesn’t agree with him. Mostly it’s men, of course because as we know, they never had sex outside of marriage. Of course not. Nothing incenses me more than a man telling me what to do with my body. With a man telling me I can just take care of myself for my medical necessities. Telling me that I don’t have a choice in bearing a child. How ludicrous is that? When you develop the ability to have children I will definitely listen to you. Until that day, don’t even respond to any of this. IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!!

    • I am with you 100%. Just one question though.

      If a man doesn’t have the right to have a say after he impregnates a women, then shouldn’t he have the right to disown the child if he thinks the woman should get an abortion?

      The woman made the exact same mistake as the man and had unprotected sex. So why should the man’s rights end after that mistake?

      • lexi001

        I hit the wrong key! Sorry. I wanted to say that I do not think you should use your critical thinking with the question you asked me. There are good men and good women, just as their are bad. People marry, have children, do everything in the sequence my generation expected, and still they often don’t want their children. Men and women. You can’t dictate morals, much as so much religion has attempted to do. I believe that the things that give one character are there from birth. There are simply too many stories to be told of children coming from horrible circumstances and rising to the top, as well as children coming from loving, christian homes that have never taken responsibility for anything. Maybe there is a disconnect in the brains of these people; I really don’t know the answer. I may have given a convoluted answer, and I suspicion it probably won’t suffice for you, but there just isn’t an easy answer. These are philosophical as well as moral questions, and who you are will determine what you do.

  • Iam a 60 year old mom,grandmother,greatgrandmother, i dont need a bunch of strange men deciding what is and what is not done with my or my loved onesbody parts, whats next? a deduction in my retirement benefits if i sweat too much during menopause, KNOCK IT OFF!!!!!

  • Planned parenthood helps a lot of young girls learn proper care for themselves and the babies they will be having. Abortion is not their primary function and that is decided by a woman and her doctor, and is not open to public discussions

  • Thank God for jurists who make their legal decisions based upon upholding the law and good conscience, rather than simply “toeing the [party] line”……

    Shame on Texas’ Republicans, for their callous disregard for the rights and health concerns of women!

  • I keep reading, people complaining about how the Government spends money, using the phrase “my tax money”. While it is legitimate to have objections about how the Government spends money, you can no longer call the money you pay in taxes yours. Just as you can’t call the money you spend on groceries, yours. The Government provides it’s citizens with services, these services are paid for with the money the Government charges it’s citizens in the form of taxes. Taxes once paid belong to the Government to spend as it sees fit to do the job it exists for, not you. If you object to what the Government is spending money on then change the Government with your vote, instead of making these futile attempts to try and tell them how to spend THEIR money.

  • jbcomm

    I have no idea what the GOP is thinking, it appears to be that they are not at all thinking about women’s health issues. This should be a wake up call for all women let’s get out and vote in November.