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Republicans Looking Bad So They Turn to Abortion ... Again

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 09:27 AM

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:45 AM

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 01:41 PM

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Fear Sells!

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 04:12 PM

Republicans and Christianists get their way over Planned Parenthood and leave 1.5 million without a healthcare option. It's not like it really matters, of course. They're mostly poor, women, or children who are already born and a lot of them are ... let's say more melanin enhanced.


Planned Parenthood pulled out of a federally funded family-planning program on Monday over an abortion gag rule, leaving some 1.5 million clients scrambling for services.

The move comes after a federal appeals court approved a new Trump administration rule that bars healthcare providers who receive federal funds from performing abortions or discussing it with their patients.

Planned Parenthood’s decision is a victory for anti-abortion activists, who have been attempting to cut off government funding to the organization for years.

“The Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X,” Planned Parenthood Acting President Alexis McGill Johnson told reporters, adding, “We will not be bullied out of providing abortion information to our patients.”

McGill said clinics would remain open, but that patients could experience long wait times and some may choose to forgo care.

The Trump administration rule bars any recipient of Title X—a program that provides $286 million in family planning funds for an estimated 4 million low-income Americans each year—from performing abortions, providing referrals to abortion providers, or even discussing the procedure with their patients.

Planned Parenthood, the American Medical Association, the ACLU, and more than 20 states filed challenges to the rule when it was first announced in May, saying it prevents doctors from speaking honestly with their patients. Critics also argued the rule would disproportionately affect low-income people and people of color.

Several lower courts blocked the rule—with one federal judge calling it a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy”—but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowed it to move forward in July.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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