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NOVEMBER 10, 2012 9:15AM

"Planned Parenthood? We'll Get Rid of That." Not So Fast!

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     "PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE'LL GET RID OF THAT."

 

     What was most vile and idiotic about it wasn't that Mr. Romney didn't know that an administration cannot simply snap fingers and say "Begone!" to private organizations. It wasn't that he didn't know there may be constitutional issues attending to a congressional attempt to stanch the relatively small amount of public funding that Planned Parenthood does receive. It wasn't that the comment centers on abortion, three-percent of the services the organization provides. 

     Most vicious is the off-hand, flick-of-the-wrist dismissivenes, the casual, mosquito-swatting condescension.

     And yet, lost may be the steady federal courts' nationwide rejection of the moves in many states to fly-swat Planned Parenthood and the women and families it serves (and often saves). The Texas cases are well-known, as are others in the prairie. Just last week we won in the Midwest's heart, in Indiana.

     In spring, 2011, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law that sought to stop his state's Planned Parenthood chapter from receiving any Medicaid funds for general health services for Indiana's poorest women. Breast cancer screenings, for example, would have been just one vital service threatened.

     Here's the good news:

     In late October, the Seventh Federal Circuit Court in Chicago upheld the Indiana Federal District Court's 2011 ruling -- subsequently challenged by Governor Daniels -- holding that Indiana's law was unconstitutional because it effectively trampled on a woman's right to choose her doctor.

     "We'll Get Rid of That"?

     Nah.

     Justice is too tough for such casual evil.

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I didn't want this story to be lost in the other recent (good) news).
Casual Evil would be a great name for a book. I wish other people understood that nothing falls away over night.
But you haven't won in Indiana yet. That was a skirmish. Mike Pence, who authored the bill in the House to defund PP is now the governor. He will enjoy working with the State House, which has a supermajority of like minded Republicans gracing its halls, and the State Senate, which has a simple majority of like minded Republicans.

Hunker down, because they won't give up.
Phyllis they will have to get around the 7th Circuit's specific ruling and it'll be very hard.
The Republicans lose again-oh well.
CGirl Yes. :) TY!

Bud Thank Gd, too!
True, but you know that they'll work really hard, and waste a good bit of resources, doing their level best to accomplish it. They could even go so far as to make it financially untenable for PP to stay in Indiana, with all of the court costs fighting them off. There's always a way.
The right seems to be obsessed with sex. Banning it, controlling it, demonizing it. They screech "right to life" but grow silent when it comes o making those lives good ones. Good news is relative too, we have slowed the advance but I'm not so sure we don't face a all or nothing gambit in the very near future.
Phyllis they can try; they will not, trust me, prevail.

Bob they are, yes, sex-maddened.

Thanks!
They have spend every cent to get B.Obama out of the White House.
They might have worked hard,and I am sure the election helpers have done all they could.No one of the republ. really anticipated a defeat like this.
They have smart people in their rows as well,and these are the ones that will make the difference in turning the wheel around.
Like anybody other than the wingnuts can believe this BS... thank heaven for the Federal Courts... checks and balances, what a concept!!
Heidi right now I am not at all sure Rs will learn anything useful from this.
justice is all we got as temporal beings
in the 'fields of the Lord," jon.
it is an approximation, an asymptotic approach
to the True the Good
the beautiful,
they tell me.

~

i love blake's ideas about sin and evil.
he said , paraphrasing,
you gotta consolidate it, get it SPOKEN
in all its idiocy,
then
it will appear as it is. falsehood.

ay to be born in such times when everything comes out all
at once.
james i feel very lucky living in these times r.
Nice to see this news JW. But it looks like some Repubs haven't got the message that the war on women doesn't make for winning politics.
Abra ok! Then will smack them across their ugly collective mug again.
Justice, maybe, Jon, but the SCOTUS seems to be gearing up for a last gasp of vengeful barbarism before O replaces the withering old white men and replaces them with the sane young blood.
If they got rid of Planned Parenthood, what would all the ubiquitous protestors standing around outside every Saturday do with themselves?
Attend to their own non-perfect lives, mind their own business?
Wouldn't that be nice...

Such smug arrogance --grrr.
People (not just women) love Planned Parenthood. Just ask the Susan Koeman Foundation who learned the hard way not malign or endanger a health organization that has been a literal life-saver for so many. That the GOP works so tirelessly and at any expense to take away a woman's right to choose how to manage her own body, and at the same time wants to make birth control more difficult to acquire for those of low income or in rural communities makes me ill.
I hope the Republicans heard the voices of those of us that reject letting the government intrude on our right to privacy and control of our bodies.
r./
People (not just women) love Planned Parenthood. Just ask the Susan Koeman Foundation who learned the hard way not malign or endanger a health organization that has been a literal life-saver for so many. That the GOP works so tirelessly and at any expense to take away a woman's right to choose how to manage her own body, and at the same time wants to make birth control more difficult to acquire for those of low income or in rural communities makes me ill.
I hope the Republicans heard the voices of those of us that reject letting the government intrude on our right to privacy and control of our bodies.
r./
Matt sure but that'll change, too.
Just Th They can always watch more roller-derby.

OnIsland hope so, too :)
heyyyyy now,i LIKE roller derby....
R
steel i loved the bay area bombers