Feds to Texas: You defunded Planned Parenthood, now we’re defunding you

posted at 3:05 pm on March 16, 2012 by Tina Korbe

When the Texas state administration first considered a rule to ban Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in the Texas’ Women’s Health Program, which is jointly funded by the state of Texas and the federal government, the Obama administration retaliated by threatening to cut funding to the program entirely. Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed the rule anyway — and the ball was back in the Obama administration’s court. I wrote at the time:

Does Obama want to actually cut funding and potentially jeopardize the Texas Women’s Health program, which might not be able to survive without federal funding? That sends the message that Obama cares less that women have access to health care than that they receive health care from certain providers — namely, providers that also offer abortions.

Either Rick Perry just called Obama’s bluff or this is about to be an interesting issue. Planned Parenthood has already retorted with its typical demagoguery: “No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin said in a statement. “It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women.”

Would Planned Parenthood stand by that statement as it applies to President Obama, too? Surely other providers in the Texas Women’s Health Exchange provide breast cancer screenings and birth control access. Eliminating abortion providers from the exchange doesn’t jeopardize women’s health access — but eliminating the exchange altogether would.

The answer to my original question is: Yes, the Obama administration actually does want to cut funding and jeopardize the Texas’ Women’s Health Program entirely. He cares more to protect Planned Parenthood than he does to protect women’s health, in general. Fortunately for low-income women in Texas, Rick Perry won’t stand for it. Via Guy Benson:

Perry, who slammed the federal government constantly during his short-lived bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has directed state health officials to find the funding to keep the program going from other parts of the budget, but he has promised not to raise revenues to cover the costs.

Incidentally, this is one of the things I most respect about Rick Perry: He is willing to forgo federal funds, recognizing that federal dollars always come with strings attached. He rejected Race to the Top funds, for example, and now he’s saying “no” to federal control of another state-level program. The business-friendly atmosphere he created in Texas has ensured a thriving economy there, such that Texas doesn’t have need of federal funds, either. No wonder so many Californians have migrated there.


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LegendHasIt on March 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

What? Change the shape of our state?

Okay, but it must be historically accurate

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Texas needs to defund D.C.

Why does every state send cash to D.C., only to have D.C. redistribute it to those it deems deserving?

Along that same train of thought…

When government takes money from one & gives money to another, it’s not giving 100% of what it took. It’s keeping a hefty chunk to pay for government.

So money that would be used for producing goods that might be sold to other nations, thereby making the US wealthier, is instead paying someone to push pencils or poke at calculators or lobby Congress. Activities that produce nothing.

itsnotaboutme on March 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Chris Christie wont do anything like this. He loves the gravy train. And the gravy.

faraway on March 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I think he ate the train though.

Nutstuyu on March 16, 2012 at 8:20 PM

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Works for me. Although I’d shrink the line in a few places to exclude Bernallilo,, Santa Fe and Taos Counties. I think those places are beyond redemption.

LegendHasIt on March 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

He was prepared. He was 35 or over, an actual citizen, and resident of the country for the last fourteen years.

Nutstuyu on March 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM
No, what you list are the minimal requirements to be qualified, which isn’t the same as preparation.

Right, but there’s nothing in the Constitution about how prepared you are to be President. That’s the media’s standard. The point is that anyone should be able to be Prsident, not just the shiniest package that TV can present.

Nutstuyu on March 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Works for me. Although I’d shrink the line in a few places to exclude Bernallilo,, Santa Fe and Taos Counties. I think those places are beyond redemption.

LegendHasIt on March 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Heh, not after they get a taste of the “Texas” way of life. Like most immigrants to Texas, they will love it, or leave. Texas ain’t gonna’ coddle them just because they were annexed into the state. Austin may try to be like D.C., but the legislators remember where they come from and spend most of their time at home, working. They work because they don’t get paid enough to live on being legislators and the legislature isn’t in session as often as that one in D.C.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

O/T Gov. Perry has said he will fight the Voter ID Issue to the Supreme Court.

Link: http://www.therightscoop.com/perry-well-take-voter-id-case-to-supreme-court-to-win/

bluefox on March 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Praying for Perry. He is going to need every bit of support Americans can give him.

tom daschle concerned on March 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

tom daschle concerned on March 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Well that auto refresh just erased my comment. I’ve got to fix that soon.

The Christian radio station I listen to have a couple of prayer programs. They pray for the Issues of the day and the Congress & President.

Yes, Gov. Perry needs to be held up in prayer and others that are fighting the good fight.

bluefox on March 16, 2012 at 8:57 PM

MarkM on March 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Many conservative Ill-ANNOYZANS are moving to TX as well.
Next monthwe’ll have been here a year already.

Hey Zero: COME. AND. TAKE. IT!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Next monthwe’ll have been here a year already.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

And yet it seems like an eternity.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

No it isn’t. If somebody in Texas doesn’t like the way Texas wants to do things there are 49 other states they can move to. Some of them even have jobs. But those states usually do business the way Texas does.
cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

This isn’t a reflection of how Texas does business. If Texas wants Federal funds, it comes with strings. If they want to pick and chose what they’ll comply with, then they have to be prepared for the Feds to pull funding from that line item. Isn’t that expected? See, the Ron Paul types flirting with the idea of seceding from the Union need to wake up to the realities of what they’re fantasizing about.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

And yet it seems like an eternity.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Well bless your heart. Aren’t you a cute one.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

they made their own mess and got called on it, now it’s noble that they aren’t taking other people’s money to fix their own mistake? Every study done shows that they will increase the number of unintended pregnancies and increase state spending on caring for the children and now they are said to be noble? pssh They stop IUD’s and contraceptives now they don’t want to have an even worse problem.

Zekecorlain on March 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Zekecorlain on March 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

There are TWO Murder Inc’s in Lubbock. One is small-one is larger.
The major business of BOTH of them is murdering unborn life.
The goal of PP is more dead babies.
Stand strong Governor!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

This isn’t a reflection of how Texas does business.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Then enlighten us oh wise one.

Our founding fathers envisioned just as I described with states doing things the way they considered best, and the population migrating to the states that had policies they agreed with. Or, the states emulating the policies that worked in other states.

The feds don’t create those funds, well some folks things Obama does create the wealth. Are you one of those?

Aren’t you a cute one.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Yes, yes I am.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

TINA KORBEY has come into her own as a blogger.

Why don’t you start your own blog or go to other sites that have the content you want?
SparkPlug on March 16, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Likewise I could tell you to go back to Free Republic or one of the many Social Conservative blogs you must have been reading over the last 4 years, prior to Tina’s byline dominating HA.

My problem with these posts is they’re designed for an echo chamber, not to offer insight or inspire discussion. How many States rights posts does Tina make? It’s because Planned Parenthood funding is involved that she’s featuring it. Meanwhile, social conservatives never consider that big State Government is equally as dangerous as big Government, and perhaps it’s actually Perry who should be blamed for putting women’s health in peril, by putting the abortion issue on the frontline.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Zekecorlain on March 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Are you talkin’ about Texas, or the women wanting abortions?

And do you care to link to those stats you are spouting?

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I think Texas should just implement this…

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/01/18/resistdc-the-federal-tax-funds-act/

(Absolutely FANTASTIC idea on how to reign in Federal overreach!)

dominigan on March 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM

How many States rights posts does Tina make?

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Does it matter? States rights are states rights no matter what the issue.

Meanwhile, social conservatives never consider that big State Government is equally as dangerous as big Government…

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I ain’t a social conservative but big state government is as bad as big federal government.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Once again demonstrating why the 16′th amendment was such a bad idea. By taking money directly away from citizens in the states, the federal government has an enormous club with which to wield power. Taking up to 35% of peoples’ income and then having that tax revenue not come back to the state in which one resides is the recipe for a compliant citizenry. The founders were wise to have forbidden the federal government to directly tax the citizens of the states. The people who put that amendment in place, especially Wilson, knew this was the path for federal intrusion into the workings of the states.

AZfederalist on March 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Does it matter? States rights are states rights no matter what the issue.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:20 P

We agree.

But the States need to own their choices, and the people must hold their State leadership for the fallout or benefits (whichever the case may be), not use it for further criticism of the Fed. The State had recourse, so now they must own up to the full extent of what their move entailed. The White Houses perspective on abortion, and abortion funding is not a secret.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

The State had recourse, so now they must own up to the full extent of what their move entailed. The White Houses perspective on abortion, and abortion funding is not a secret.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Are you saying the states have to dance to the tune coming from the White House no matter the occupant? Texas put this decision off once before because of White House pressure. That time, the stick also had a carrot as an alternative. With this White House occupant, there has been no carrot, ever.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I don’t have enough middle fingers to show the Feds!…Can I get some help!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I don’t have enough middle fingers to show the Feds!…Can I get some help!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Here’s two more!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Mine are too tired, and will soon have other things to do.

Try this one

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

The State had recourse, so now they must own up to the full extent of what their move entailed. The White Houses perspective on abortion, and abortion funding is not a secret.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Sing that song during W’s turn at office.

itsspideyman on March 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Thornton apologizes to community, steps down as CEO of Planned Parenthood in Lubbock

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-03-14/thornton-apologizes-community-steps-down-ceo-planned-parenthood-lubbock

bluefox on March 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Thornton apologizes to community, steps down as CEO of Planned Parenthood in Lubbock

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-03-14/thornton-apologizes-community-steps-down-ceo-planned-parenthood-lubbock

bluefox on March 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Kind of like Al Capone, but in this case it’s a mass murderer tripped up by a little indecent exposure.

slickwillie2001 on March 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

bluefox on March 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Lubbock has two Planned Barrenhoods-and several city workers have been arrested for kiddie porn.
We so spe-cial!
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I believe this is a Medicaid program, and Medicaid rules do NOT require the states to fund abortion. States are supposed to have latitude in the levels of services, although the more they spend themselves, the more the feds kick in.

This may have been a special grant program, and not subject to the regular Medicaid guidelines, but I sure don’t remember anything being passed by Congress requiring abortion funding with federal money.

Adjoran on March 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

We so spe-cial!
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Believe me, the rest of Texas knows just how special y’all are in Lubbock. Well, maybe Austin isn’t aware.

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM

cozmo on March 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I didn’t even know Lubbock had two Murder Incs until Thursday. I knew about the smaller one.
The main killing center on the near East side…and it’s big.
Perfect for for the minorities and the Tech kids.
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Kind of like Al Capone, but in this case it’s a mass murderer tripped up by a little indecent exposure.

slickwillie2001 on March 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

He didn’t tweet the weiner. Does that mean he’s a flat-earth pervert?

Yoop on March 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Feds to Texas: You defunded Planned Parenthood, now we’re defunding you

Ok, thanks.

He is willing to forgo federal funds, recognizing that federal dollars always come with strings attached.

Yep.

Perry, …has directed state health officials to find the funding to keep the program going from other parts of the budget.

Perry forced him to show his cards, this is where Texas gets to show hers.

Incidentally, this is one of the things I most respect about Rick Perry.

Me too. He would have made a fine POTUS, but was purged for failing the debate skills class. Now, Newt is close to same despite having mastered the class and failing other classes.

The purity purge should have started at the back of the line, not the front.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Perfect for for the minorities and the Tech kids.
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Whoa girl – easy now.

CorporatePiggy on March 16, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Now we ought to defy them and stop educating, and providing medical care to illegals, especially when they cross the river to have their babies while getting no prenatal care and then expecting the US to pay for the entire family for the next 20 years.

lonestar1 on March 17, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Texas needs to defund the U.S.!

Come and take it!

esnap on March 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM

My problem with these posts is they’re designed for an echo chamber, not to offer insight or inspire discussion. How many States rights posts does Tina make? It’s because Planned Parenthood funding is involved that she’s featuring it. Meanwhile, social conservatives never consider that big State Government is equally as dangerous as big Government, and perhaps it’s actually Perry who should be blamed for putting women’s health in peril, by putting the abortion issue on the frontline.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

In the post about the evil woman who embraces and is happy that people have many abortions, one pro-choice person changed to pro-life. Tina (and those arguing for the pro-life side in the comments) should be very proud of that.

cptacek on March 17, 2012 at 2:03 AM

“No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin said in a statement.

He should tell Obama that, since he just cut off all federal funding for women’s health clinics in Texas.

cptacek on March 17, 2012 at 2:05 AM

perhaps it’s actually Perry who should be blamed for putting women’s health in peril

There’s an idiot statement, made by an ignorant, sanctimonious putz.

The people of Texas…via their legislators…passed laws that Perry is charged with enforcing.

The Obami haven’t the respect for law…or the confidence in their position…to let a court consider the competing positions.

Do you know how many courts have found the Obama regime in contempt?

I’ve lost count.

Under Texas law, not one single poor woman would lose access to health services.

Not. One.

Ragspierre on March 17, 2012 at 3:41 AM

Priority #1: Slaughter the preborn.

curved space on March 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Just for those here from TX, would you consider Cruz for senate on dear kay’s seat come Nov.?
L

letget on March 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Waiting for a sign to put in front of the farm. Definitely Cruz!

jazzuscounty on March 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

letget on March 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Waiting for a sign to put in front of the farm. Definitely Cruz!

jazzuscounty on March 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Cruz, all the way!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Perfect for for the minorities and the Tech kids.
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Location, location, location–that’s what they say.

As a matter of rule, isn’t that where most of the killing fields are, in those part of town?

jazzuscounty on March 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Wouldn’t you just love to be in a room with Perry when he is talking about bho? I bet there are words coming out of Perry’s mouth on how he feels about that little wh worm and his team that would make a sailor blush?
Stand strong for us Perry, thanks!
L

letget on March 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

letget on March 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’d take that bet. Perry is an Aggie, and an airedale to boot. Neither have the repertoire to make a sailor snicker, let alone blush.

cozmo on March 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

letget on March 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’d take that bet. Perry is an Aggie, and an airedale to boot. Neither have the repertoire to make a sailor snicker, let alone blush.

cozmo on March 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I was a sailor for 22 years. I think I can beat Perry on this. Especially when talking about BHO.

torpedoman2002 on March 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM

torpedoman2002 on March 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM

A nugget pollywog could could out-blue streak Perry.

cozmo on March 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Texas. If you’ll secede, may family and I will move there the next day.

Actually, you won’t be seceding. You’ll be kicking the other 49 states out. You’re all that’s left of America.

Doug Piranha on March 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

+1, She does seem to have a quota for pro life stories.. its become one of the more tiresome features of hotair lately..

jdivito on March 16, 2012 at 6:21 PM

It’ll only be tiresome until you find yourself standing before an Obama anti-life death panel graring down at you bored soul, and then you’ll rememeber,perhaps too late, what it means to be human and made with inalienable rights that come from God alone.

But,not to worry, your boredom will quickly cease when they finish with you.

Unless enough folks listen intently to what Tina and a few million other moral souls are trying to drum into our morally vaccous heads, and because they don’t find the govenments taking of innocent life so boring, and reverse the evil you find boring?

Don L on March 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Cosmo – Barry O hates Texas because he feels inadequate compared to Rick Perry? That’s a good explanation of 99% of what Obama does. Thank you, Carol

carolt2 on March 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Let me get this straight.

Planned Parenthood does not fund abortions with government money .. per them….

Obama has the Fed giving out birth control through the insurance companies.

Obama care kicks in and everyone can get to a doctor, insurance or not.

Riddle me this Batman, why will any state need Planned Parenthood. Obamacare and the insurance company mandate has just made them redundant.

zdpl0a on March 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Incidentally, this is one of the things I most respect about Rick Perry: He is willing to forgo federal funds, recognizing that federal dollars always come with strings attached. He rejected Race to the Top funds, for example, and now he’s saying “no” to federal control of another state-level program. The business-friendly atmosphere he created in Texas has ensured a thriving economy there, such that Texas doesn’t have need of federal funds, either. No wonder so many Californians have migrated there.

Uh, so why don’t they divest themselves of ALL Federal funding, dismantle all Great Society like state services, build their own wall along the border and seal it up, and ignore all Federally-mandated unfunded programs?

No way? Didn’t think so.

Phonies.

As for California-to-Texas…it’s all relative. Those who are Texas Dreaming, go ahead and move there already. Just remember a lot of Libtards are moving there as well.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM

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