Planned Parenthood Fights Back

[UPDATE]:

More details over at The Tennessean. The grant was funded by the Centers for Disease Control so yeah, Tennessee Republicans are being their usual douchey, reactionary selves:

Two Tennessee Planned Parenthood groups sued the state Thursday for denying the nonprofit more than $150,000 in grant money to participate in programs funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Planned Parenthood wants a federal judge to intervene and asked for an injunction against the state.

In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood accuses the state of arbitrarily denying the funding in December and this month — without providing a reason — after approving it in August. Planned Parenthood also accuses the state of violating the organization’s First Amendment rights and patients’ rights by restricting access to non-abortion services based solely on an aversion to abortion.

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Unrelated to Komen, but today Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Tennessee:

News today from Tennessee in the political jihad against Planned Parenthood: The state Health Department has yanked away grants for HIV and STD prevention programs from the nonprofit in Nashville and Memphis, and that’s drawn a federal lawsuit from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood won the funding last summer in a competitive bidding process. But in December, the state dropped the contracts without giving any reason. According to Planned Parenthood, state officials stopped the services without finding a new provider. As the nonprofit’s Nashville CEO Jeff Teague points out, young women and men are the casualties here.

So, Tennessee’s Republican legislature is so pro-life, they prove it by pulling funding from STD and HIV prevention programs serving poor people. Brilliant!

The bugaboo for conservatives has always, always been that abortion services are just 3% of what Planned Parenthood does. So in their sick, narcissistic way, the right-wing zealots are trying to turn that into 100% by making it absolutely impossible for Planned Parenthood to do anything else. They’re attempting to transform Planned Parenthood into the caricature they’ve always told their cult of followers it is (for an example of that, check the comment thread at the Pith link. There are a couple of doozies.)

And this is the modern “pro-life” position. So lost in the weeds of fundamentalist ideology that they’ve forgotten what they’re supposed to be fighting for in the first place.

I almost feel sorry for these people. Again: this is about one thing, crushing Planned Parenthood. Nothing else. So, to the zealots: don’t delude yourselves into thinking you’re part of some bigger mission or cause. You’re not. You’re trying to put out of business a healthcare provider to poor people. Jesus would not be amused.

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7 responses to “Planned Parenthood Fights Back

  1. John Weiss

    These fundie Repubs are stupid. I mean, really stupid! They seem to be unable to think.

    And they seem to hate women. Gods! I feel like punching someone in the face.

    Think I’ll have some rum and chill. If I can. Gods! Assholes!

  2. Like much of the anti-abortion movement, it’s about taking control of women’s bodies. Apparently they can’t stand women having a choice in their own health care.

  3. So I guess the only reason that Planned Parenthood is “under investigation” is nothing more than the expected abuse of the investigative powers that have fallen into the hands of the republican-controlled House. These zealots truly demonize Planned Parenthood. How could they not when you consider the twisted ideology they espouse? Here is a nice cheerleader for Representative Stearns in the form of an organization wonderfully titled Holding Each Life Precious. This should clarify their stand:

    Congress is taking action! A recently formed Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Over the past few years, investigations on individual Planned Parenthood businesses have taken place across our country. Now Congress is investigating how federal tax dollars are being spent throughout the organization as a whole.

    What is the Committee looking for? Violations including:

    * Financial disparities

    <b?* Compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding

    * Concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.

    Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, Rep. Cliff Stearns, (R-FL) wrote a letter this month to the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards. In it he writes:

    The Committee has questions about the politics in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion. Please provide all internal audit reports conducted by PPFA and its affiliates from 1998 to 2010.

    Rep. Stearns also requested documents on practices related to billing issues, written policies, and procedures. Most importantly, he requests information on how the largest abortion provider in the world keeps its abortion monies separate and segregated from other funds.

    • So I guess the only reason that Planned Parenthood is “under investigation” is nothing more than the expected abuse of the investigative powers that have fallen into the hands of the republican-controlled House.

      Ding! Ding! DIng!

  4. so a few minutes ago, the AP says Komen has reversed their decision and will not cut funding to PP – way to put the pressure on, SB!

    “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” a Komen statement said.

    As first reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from grants because it was under government investigation, notably a probe launched in Congress at the urging of anti-abortion groups.

    Komen said Friday it would change the criteria so it wouldn’t apply to such investigations.

    “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants,” the statement said.

    • ThresherK

      Do we trust SGK now?

      I mean, I trust my wife’s cat to not jump up on the stove and eat out of the saucepan. When I’m in the kitchen, two feet away.

  5. Vvixen

    There’s a reason that women jumped to defend Planned Parenthood after the Komen announcement. There’s a reason women in Memphis and other “bible belt” cities come out to support PP despite the risk of being ostracized by friends and neighbors. The reason is Planned Parenthood saves lives. Every day. Women are posting their real stories here: http://plannedparenthoodsavedme.tumblr.com/

    As long as Planned Parenthood actually helps women, women will defend it. That’s what the “defunding” is all about. Conservatives want to shut down all of PP’s preventive health services so that the only service they CAN provide is abortion. Because they think women won’t rally to defend an abortion provider because we’re too cowed and terrified to defend abortion, even though one out of every 3 women in America has an abortion by the age of 45.

    If they succeed in shutting down Planned Parenthood, we’ll all be poorer for it. Don’t let it happen.