Texas is the first state that has successfully excluded Planned Parenthood from providing services to women, but the manner they went about it is — how do you say — really stupid.
After attempting (and failing) to exclude Planned Parenthood from its federally-funded Women’s Health Program, Texas decided to create a state-funded Women’s Health Program specifically so it could exclude Planned Parenthood from it. (And a judge just said they could.)
Except, not really.
Neither federal money nor taxpayer money is used for abortions in Texas. Planned Parenthood’s abortion services are fiscally and geographically separate from the rest of the services it provides: there’s no commingling of funds, and there’s no chance of walking into a clinic for a pap-smear and accidentally getting an abortion.
[read full post at ABLC]
***I’m going to try partial cross-posting for a while again. I hope it doesn’t enrage too many of you. Cheers!