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Texas loses Medicaid funding in effort to spite Planned Parenthood

Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that they would be informing the State of Texas that the state would lose basic health and family planning services funding from Medicaid because it is in violation of federal law. The state wrote Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Women’s Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program. As of today, Texas has been officially informed that the funding is lost, via this letter from HHS official Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO)…

An HHS official told reporters today:

"Medicaid law is very clear; a state may not restrict patients" choice of providers of services like mammograms and other cancer screenings, if those providers are qualified to deliver care covered by Medicaid. Patients, not state government officials, should be able to choose the doctors and other health care providers that are best for them and their families. In 2005, Texas requested this same authority to restrict patients’ choices, and the Bush Administration did not grant it to them either."

The war on women’s health just resulted in 130,000 casualties in Texas.

Yep. This guy, who STILL jokes about his inability to count to three, thinks he knows best for Texas women. 

You know, I was thinking about Texas for law school… 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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This shit irritates me: The war on uteri continues

I watched Fox News today (yes, I hate myself) and listened to commentators defending various radically restrictive anti-abortion laws, including Texas’ new law. The biggest line of defense seems to be, “Well, we just want women to have all the information. We want to make sure they have the right information before they make such a life-altering choice that can cause mental disorders or cancer.”

And the war on women rolls on…

A few things:

  1. It’s adorable enraging you think people take a decision like abortion so cavalierly that the state must step in.
  2. People with uteri also have agency and can ask for information. We’re not stupid.
  3. There’s many folks out there who do not regret getting abortions and often report relief. Nor is abortion linked to mental illness or cancer. From the Guttmacher Institute: “Mandatory counseling laws in a number of states require women seeking an abortion to receive information, purportedly medically accurate, that has no basis in fact. Among other things, mandatory counseling can require that a woman be told that having an abortion increases her risk of breast cancer, infertility and mental illness. In reality, none of these claims are medically accurate. These laws not only represent a gross intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, they serve to propagate misinformation, intentionally misinforming the patient on important medical matters.”
  4. Because when I’m looking for health information, the first place I look is the STATE LEGISLATURE. Totally better than my doctor, right? Shit, I’d prefer Wikipedia versus the state legislature. 

And by the way, conservatives cannot logically claim any longer their opposition to the Affordable Health Care Act stems from the government coming between patient and provider. Allowing my physician to keep possible life-saving information from me, mandating said physician perform unnecessary tests or give false information — regardless of the physician’s own judgement, etc…. that’s all a lot of government coming between my doctor and me. 

Note to Republicans: The book pictured below is not an instruction manual.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.

Carbonite CEO David Friend on why the company is still dropping its advertisements from Rush Limbaugh’s show despite his faux apology.

Bravo to Carbonite and their CEO. More of this, please. 

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For the anti-choice, I believe the heart of the abortion controversy is not about the fate of unborn babies. It’s about the value of women in society. In North America, for example, many anti-abortion leaders oppose ideas and programs that could help women achieve equality and freedom, and protect the health and well-being of families. For instance, they oppose affirmative action programs that help women gain equity in the job market. They force poor women to have babies and then cut off their welfare. They lobby against health and nutrition programs for children. They condone the bombing of clinics providing reproductive services, and the killing of doctors and staff.

These uncivilized actions reveal the true nature of anti-choice goals. They want a return to the days when women had few choices in life. They don’t like women having too much freedom, especially in controlling their reproductive lives. They’re convinced that women can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. And they certainly don’t like women having sex for fun without paying for it.
Joyce Arthur, summing up the anti-choice movement well.

(Source: prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org)

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