Right at the start, there are two things wrong with this situation. I am sure there are more, but we will just consider the two for the sake of time.
First, there is this statement as written by Kevin McGill for ap.org:
“Planned Parenthood had challenged the state’s right to end the funding for cancer screenings, gynecology exams and other health services.”
Mr. McGill wrote a fine sentence, it is the content of it that is the problem. Why does Planned Parenthood get to challenge the state’s right to end funding for any of their services? If Planned Parenthood is a private vendor of services, and the State has contracted them to provide a service, isn’t it the right of the State to end the contract when they, the client, are not happy with the service? Right from the start, it seems odd that Planned Parenthood is getting special treatment in being allowed to appeal to the courts because their services are no longer needed.
Second, the fact that Planned Parenthood is whining about the State of Louisiana cutting its services because of political motivation is also a plea for special treatment. Didn’t Planned Parenthood know that when they entered into a contractual agreement with the State that from time-to-time, politics would be an issue? On top of that, Planned Parenthood itself does things out of political motivation all the time!
Here’s more from ap.com:
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the Planned Parenthood arm that provides medical services in Louisiana, argued that Jindal’s fight to cut funding for its non-abortion-related services is politically motivated.
“In fact, uncontradicted evidence in the record at this time is that PPGC does not perform abortions in Louisiana, is not involved in the sale of fetal tissue and none of the conduct in question occurred at the PPGC’s two Louisiana facilities,” deGravelles wrote in his 59-page ruling. He said it appears likely Planned Parenthood will be able to prove that the funding cutoff was being attempted for reasons unrelated to the organization’s competence.
Planned Parenthood says 5,200 low-income Medicaid patients obtain services through their two Louisiana clinics. The organization doesn’t currently provide abortions in Louisiana but does offer other health services, such as cancer screenings and gynecological exams.
“It is shameful that Governor Jindal is trying to score political points by blocking women’s access to critical health care,” Melissa Flournoy , state director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, said in a statement hailing the order as a victory.
Raegan Carter, with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, has described Jindal’s decision as political grandstanding. She’s called Jindal’s action against clinics illegal.
In reacting to the judge’s ruling, Mike Reed, a spokesman for Gov. Jindal, said Planned Parenthood has engaging in classic misdirection regarding the millions they have repaid in Medicaid fraud and their own admissions in the videos.
“Instead of going through the same administrative review as any other Medicaid provider, they are running to the federal courts and asking for special treatment,” Reed said. “We will appeal this decision and continue to fight to ensure Planned Parenthood no longer receives taxpayer funding.”
Taxpayers in Louisiana need to understand what is going on here and contact their local congressmen to let them know that they aren’t happy about their money going to fund Planned Parenthood at all. Planned Parenthood is a deceitful organization that may provide healthcare for women, but they are also an agency that kills innocent babies and rakes in donations in the name of the public good. If they are so great, then they don’t need taxpayer dollars. But, I suspect they really know they aren’t so great after all!