Texas Lawmakers Short Term Moralistic Law Leads to Long Term Funding Issues

When state lawmakers passed a two-year budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics.

Now they are facing the policy implications — and, in some cases, reconsidering.The latest Health and Human Services Commission projections being circulated among Texas lawmakers indicate that during the 2014-15 biennium, poor women will deliver an estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have, as a result of their reduced access to state-subsidized birth control. The additional cost to taxpayers is expected to be as much as $273 million — $103 million to $108 million to the state’s general revenue budget alone — and the bulk of it is the cost of caring for those infants under Medicaid.

via Likely Increase in Births Has Some Lawmakers Revisiting Cuts – NYTimes.com.

This is a good example of bad governance.  Texas legislators took their hatred of Planned Parendhood and gutted the funding for it…which is the main source of birth control for lower income citizens.

Without that birth control, more folks who already are under severe financial pressure with find themselves under even more severe financial pressure, which is where social services have to be increased to pick up the slack.

Short-sighted moralistic laws are never a good idea.   This serves as the next real-world example of that truism.

Texas Attorney General Compares Planned Parenthood To Terrorist Organization, Then ClaimS He Didn’t

Just two hours after a U.S. district judge stopped a Texas law that would have eliminated Planned Parenthood’s participation in the state’s Women’s Health Program, Federal Appeals Judge Jerry E. Smith issued an emergency stay that lifted that order.

In the appeal for the emergency stay, a team of attorneys led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott compared Planned Parenthood to a terrorist organization.

“Planned Parenthood does not provide any assurance that the tax subsidies it receives from the Women’s Health Program have not been used directly or indirectly to subsidize its advocacy of elective abortion,” Abbott wrote in his motion to stay the injunction. “Nor is it possible for Planned Parenthood to provide this assurance.”

“Money is fungible, and taxpayer subsidies — even if ‘earmarked’ for nonabortion activities — free up other resources for Planned Parenthood to spend on its mission to promote elective abortions … (because ‘[m]oney is fungible,’ First Amendment does not prohibit application of federal material-support statute to individuals who give money to ‘humanitarian’ activities performed by terrorist organizations).”

via Texas Attorney General Compares Planned Parenthood To Terrorist Organization.

This pretty much just disgusts me.  In order to get after a small percentage of women making horribly difficult choices in an increasingly difficult work situation (that whole wealth disparity thing I go on and on about affects women disproportionately…in the bad way), there are going to be massive collateral damage as the fundies look for loopholes to punish helping poor women.

If you want to ban abortion, try to pass an amendment to the Constitution doing so.  Quit trying to redefine words, claim helping women is an act of terrorism, claiming a fertilized egg is a functioning citizen, shoving wands up vaginas against the people’s will AND BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT.

That’s what really disgusts me about this whole debate…the base dishonesty.

Romney: No Komen money for Planned Parenthood (even after they reversed)

WASHINGTON—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he doesn’t think a prominent breast cancer charity should continue giving grants to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity had announced it would cut funds to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening, then dropped those plans after a public backlash last week.

On Monday, Romney told conservative radio host Scott Hennen that he didn’t think Komen should continue giving money to Planned Parenthood. Romney says the government should stop giving Planned Parenthood money, too.

A spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, Stephanie Cutter, called Romney’s comments “the ultimate hypocrisy” because as governor of Massachusetts he supported the same birth-control policy that President Barack Obama supports.

via Romney: No Komen money for Planned Parenthood – San Jose Mercury News.

Is there a single word for “tone deaf panderer”…other than a “Romney”?

This actually fits in perfectly with his not caring about poor people platform.  Poor women are “people too”…so he’s not concerned about them either (and is, in fact, concerned they have a chance to get screened for cancer, which he somehow feels is wrong).