Monday, June 27, 2011

"State's Rights" vs. Planned Parenthood

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"
                                                                                                  Matthew 25:45 (New International Version)
  1. Four states have passed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood this year. A preliminary injunction against the law's implementation has been granted in Indiana. The judge cited the US Dept. of HHS denouncement of the law, which put Indiana's $4 million federal funding at risk.
  2. Next up: Kansas. Twelve years after attempting to ban the teaching of evolution in their schools, Kansas has passed a state budget defunding Planned Parenthood. Further, the state set out an odorous law requiring inspections before they can be granted licenses. Among areas covered in the rules: the size of rooms, stocking of medication, blood supplies and emergency equipment and a required connection to nearby hospitals. Planned Parenthood has taken the state to court. Governor Brownback also eliminated funding to the arts while announcing his faith-based mentoring prison program would be run by a faith-based division of the state's welfare agency.
  3. Wisconsin, home of anti-Medicaid Congressman Paul Ryan, finalized a state budget June 26, signed by anti-union Governor Scott Walker, reducing funding to Planned Parenthood. The budget cuts money from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program, which aids both men and women in getting preventive health care. The Wall Street Journal reports that BadgerCare saves the state $140 million per year, according to the Department of Health.
  4.  It is illegal for federal funding to be used to fund the providing of abortions, which make up only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood nationwide.
  5. In fiscal year 2008-2009, Planned Parenthood provided services to three million people. The breakdown: contraception, 36%; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, 31%; cancer screening and prevention, 17%; and abortions, 3%.

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