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As the state attempts to implement a rule barring Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in the government-funded Women’s Health Program, the health commission has directed low-income women­ to use its online database to search for a new provider.

Nearly half of the women served by the program currently rely on Planned Parenthood. The commission says that more than 3,000 providers are available to serve these women, but many experts are skeptical that these facilities will be able to accommodate the women displaced by the new rule.

The database has garnered complaints from health care providers and patients for producing what they see as inflated and “misleading” search results. It includes a number of duplicate entries, facilities that do not provide reproductive health services (such as children’s clinics), and listings for clinics that are unable to see new program clients.

When confronted about the issue by The American Independent at an event hosted by The Texas Tribune, Janek insisted that the “3,000 providers” figure was accurate and that the error-prone database is “a separate list.”

“When we say that we’ve got 3,000 providers out there ready to participate in this program, there’s no duplicates,” he said.

Still, Janek admitted the inaccurate database is “a real problem.”

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A study by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services found the state’s estimates of the impact of the rule to exclude Planned Parenthood appear to “contain numerous methodological flaws” and cautioned that the projections “may overstate remaining provider capacity in communities” where program participants live. The study added that the state might be counting reference laboratories “as sources of direct patient care.”

As detailed by TAI, the database also includes multiple listings of the same providers, lending the appearance of more options than actually available. On Wednesday, Janek addressed this concern as well.

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Despite the database problems and questions of provider capacity, the commissioner reassured the audience he is “confident” the Texas Women’s Health Program will be ready for implementation by Nov. 1 if needed.

Yet, shortly after Janek gave this assurance, the commission announced that it would continue accepting federal funds for the time being, allowing Planned Parenthood to remain in the program for now.

Last week, a state judge issued a temporary restraining order barring Texas from excluding Planned Parenthood as long as the state continued accepting federal funds. A court hearing set for Nov. 8 may provide more clarity about the legal controversy surrounding the rule.

On Nov. 14, House Republicans voted in a lame-duck session to advance House Bill 298, which would likely strip public funding for Planned Parenthood in the state.

The Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted to approve the bill on a party-line vote. The measure will reprioritize how state and federal family planning funds are administered, bumping Planned Parenthood providers to the bottom rung of eligibility. The bill states that priority for the funds should go to state, county, or local government entities. If “all eligible public entities have been fully funded,” then some of the money can go to private groups, but those are also ranked to put Planned Parenthood providers dead last. This would replace the current competitive grant process.

The committee’s chairman, Lynn Wachtmann, is among the Ohio House’s most anti-abortion lawmakers. He is the sponsor of the state’s “Heartbeat bill,” which would ban abortions if a doctor can detect a heartbeat—which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. At the beginning of this term, Wachtmann pledged “push the pro-life agenda as far as we can.”

Wachtmann insists that the bill changing how family funding plans are awarded has nothing to do with abortion—and had some choice words for anyone who accused him of that. “There are Democrats who call us anti-woman—they are abhorrent, crazy people intent on killing every baby they can,” Wachtmann told the Dayton Daily News on Nov. 18.

The city council in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, voted unanimously this week to create a buffer zone around the entrances and driveways to reproductive health clinics and medical facilities, stopping protesters from being closer than 20 feet to offices. Planned Parenthood had asked for the measure to prevent anti-abortion protesters from harassing patients and staff at its local clinic.

And the Harrisburg clinic has a reason to fear additional violence between protesters and people trying to get into the reproductive health clinic. In Oregon, an altercation between a woman and an anti-abortion protester at a Planned Parenthood clinic that does not even perform abortions led to a stabbing. And harassment from anti-abortion protesters forced one anti-abortion clinic in New York to stop providing services.

Officials in New York City are also pushing back against clinic harassment. The city has started a program to recruit and train clinic escorts who will assist women in passing the anti-abortion protesters and so-called sidewalk counselors outside of health care offices.

Pennsylvania City Enacts A Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics To Protect Patients And Staff | ThinkProgress

volumenometry:

darkjez:


BREAKING: The Ohio House Health Committee votes to DEFUND Planned Parenthood, 11-9. #HearUsOH

So many people are gonna suffer because of this.

Conservatives, eat shit and die.

volumenometry:

darkjez:

BREAKING: The Ohio House Health Committee votes to DEFUND Planned Parenthood, 11-9. 

So many people are gonna suffer because of this.

Conservatives, eat shit and die.

volumenometry:

like, for real.
for actually.
we all love looking at hilarious pictures of paul ryan acting like a douche bag on this website, but if we don’t vote he’s gonna be VP and the joke’ll be on us.

volumenometry:

like, for real.

for actually.

we all love looking at hilarious pictures of paul ryan acting like a douche bag on this website, but if we don’t vote he’s gonna be VP and the joke’ll be on us.

"Yes We Plan" - Mary J. Blige, Julianne Moore, & Q-Tip Speak Out With Planned Parenthood Action Fund (by PPVotes)

sunshineuncertaintyprinciple:

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal appeals court has ruled that Indiana can’t cut off funding for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday upheld the core portion of a lower court order that said Indiana cannot enforce a state law that barred abortion providers from collecting Medicaid funds for any medical services.

Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law in May 2011 that made Indiana the first state to deny the organization Medicaid funds for general health services including cancer screenings.

YES

SUCK IT MIKE PENCE AND MITCH DANIELS

A federal judge blocked Arizona on Friday from applying a new law that bars Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving money through the state to provide medical care because the women’s health organization also performs abortions.

The Texas Health and Human Services department on Thursday adopted rules that will end federal funding to their Women’s Health Program, denying thousands of low-income women medical care.

The rules require Texas’s HHS to stop giving funding to any organization considered an “abortion affiliate” — a loose definition for groups that tell women where they can get an abortion, provide informational material about abortion, or otherwise are related to an abortion provider in any way. In adopting these rules, the Texas HHS has forfeited federal funding for the clinics that provide essential health services to low-income women in the state, since that money is dedicated with the caveat that the funds cannot be selectively applied. Although Texas lawmakers are employing a tactic primarily intended to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood, the decision is having far-reaching effects in the state.

Already, women’s health clinics in Texas are feeling the crunch of the new regulations. Clinics are being forced to provide less effective forms of birth control, increasing the chances that the low-income women who will rely on their care will get pregnant. And the funding cuts have forced at least fifty clinics that are unaffiliated with Planned Parenthood to close their doors.

But the problems are expected to get even worse. While 160,000 women in the state already are forgoing care because of the budget cuts, an additional 100 providers (PDF) are expected to lose funding because of the HHS decision, cutting off care to an even greater number of poor Texas women.

There are some things where governor Romney is different from George (W.) Bush: George Bush didn’t propose turning Medicare into a voucher. George Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform — he didn’t call for ‘self-deportation.’ George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. So, there are difference between governor Romney and George Bush, but they’re not on economic policy — in some ways, he’s gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policies.

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

Body blow.  Body blow.  Uppercut.

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"As you’re making your decision … maybe you’re wondering what to believe about Mitt Romney."

"Well, when it comes to protecting your access to birth control … and the basic women’s health care services Planned Parenthood provides … one thing we must remember, is this:"

Mitt Romney:
"I’ll cut off funding to Planned Parenthood."

Voiceover:
"He’ll cut it off. Cut us off."

Mitt Romney: “Planned Parenthood. We’re going to get rid of that.”

Voiceover:
"Women need to know … the real Mitt Romney."

Decision - Obama for America TV Ad (by BarackObamadotcom)

mediamattersforamerica:

Well, this is awkward… Bill O’Reilly said: Planned Parenthood should “be funded like Catholic charities, by individuals who believe in Planned Parenthood’s mission.” Take a look at the organization Catholic Charities’ financial documents, and you’ll find that in 2010 62% of their total income was government revenue — $2.9 billion that year.

mediamattersforamerica:

Well, this is awkward… 

Bill O’Reilly said: Planned Parenthood should “be funded like Catholic charities, by individuals who believe in Planned Parenthood’s mission.” 

Take a look at the organization Catholic Charities’ financial documents, and you’ll find that in 2010 62% of their total income was government revenue — $2.9 billion that year.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker didn’t mention Gov. Chris Christie by name, but the Democratic leader took a shot at his Republican governor Tuesday for cutting funding for women’s health services.

Before the mayor made a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Booker appeared at a Planned Parenthood rally and blasted the GOP for denying women access to health care.

“Now I want to be very clear. I come from a state where we’ve seen what Republican leadership will do to things like Planned Parenthood,” Booker told the crowd, according to a video posted on YouTube. “We’ve seen it. The first budget that came out of our Republican leadership slashed funding to Planned Parenthood.

“It resulted in, it resulted in the reduction of hours, the elimination of days, elimination of access to women in my city and all over my state.”

PolitiFact New Jersey found that Booker’s claim is on target. Christie eliminated nearly $7.5 million for family planning services in his first budget for fiscal year 2011, and has rejected efforts by the Democrat-led legislature to restore that funding.

As we discovered in a previous fact-check, that reduction in funding led to the closure of six family planning clinics, including two facilities run by affiliates of Planned Parenthood.