Planned Parenthood lawsuit extravaganza – the boojum – Aug 11

If you have been living under a rock or you’re a dude or you have health insurance so you don’t need Planned Parenthood, you might not know it’s been a bad fuckin year for them. It is a bad fuckin year/decade/lifetime for most of us wrt healthcare. I care about PP in particular because I’m really invested in women’s health, specifically. I’m constantly constantly constantly referring/taking friends and family to PP, as I know tons of of uninsured women who have sex and sex organs, and PP is consistently their best bet. It’s currently important b/c I live in North Carolina, which last month became the third state to be sued by PP for attempting to block PP from receiving state and federal funding. As I caught myself up on the current PP lawsuits, I thought I might as well make a thread, for you, my friends. So here’s the NC debacle:
july 7 said:

Durham, NC – Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC) filed suit today in federal district court in Greensboro seeking to prevent the enforcement of the Planned Parenthood defunding amendment passed as part of the North Carolina budget during the 2011 legislative session. The North Carolina legislature passed a state budget that denies Planned Parenthood state and federal funds used to subsidize family planning services and provide teen pregnancy prevention programs, despite a veto by Governor Bev Perdue. …

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina is arguing that the defunding amendment, which singles out Planned Parenthood as the only organization ineligible to continue to receive these family planning funds in North Carolina, violates federal law and the constitutional rights of Planned Parenthood. …

Roughly 70% of the women and men served by Planned Parenthood of Central NC lack the health insurance to cover their care. Many patients would have nowhere else to turn for quality affordable care. In addition, the restriction further stretches North Carolina’s already over-burdened health care system. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, North Carolina has the 7th highest shortage of primary care providers in the country.

North Carolina has the 14th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, and teen childbearing costs North Carolina taxpayers more than $392 million each year. … Currently, Planned Parenthood receives approximately $212,000 in federal and state grants and programs. These funds are used only to provide preventive healthcare services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy prevention, and affordable contraception. None of these funds are used to provide abortions. [my emphasis, though I assume y’all know this already]

In a recent survey, 57% of North Carolina voters opposed the effort by the North Carolina House to prohibit state funding to Planned Parenthood.


Here’s an update on the Kansas situation:

aug 1 said:

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An incredulous federal judge on Monday rejected the state’s claim that a new Kansas statute that denied Planned Parenthood federal funding did not target the group, ruling that the law unconstitutionally intended to punish Planned Parenthood for advocating for abortion rights and would likely be overturned.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten granted the request from Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri for a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the law, which would require the state to allocate federal family planning dollars first to public health departments and hospitals, and leave no money for Planned Parenthood or similar groups. …

Planned Parenthood argued the Kansas statute is part of a national campaign to cut off the entity’s federal family planning money because of its advocacy of abortion rights. A federal judge in late June put on hold on a similar law in Indiana. Similar actions to partially or fully defend Planned Parenthood were taken by state legislatures in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, The Great Shit Wastes and Wisconsin.

Marten agreed with Planned Parenthood’s argument that the Kansas law is unconstitutional because it would impose additional restrictions on a federally-funded program, thereby violating the Supremacy Clause. He also agreed with the group’s contention that the law was intended to punish Planned Parenthood for advocating abortion rights and therefore infringes on its rights of association guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth amendments. …

Kansas has defended the statute as a matter of state sovereignty, arguing an injunction would unconstitutionally replace the state’s discretion with the court’s judgment.…22cea777076a853
STATES RIGHTS :toot: :toot: :toot:

Same thing happened earlier with Indiana:

june 24 said:

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Friday that the State of Indiana could not cut off money for Planned Parenthood clinics providing health care to low-income women on Medicaid.

The judge, Tanya Walton Pratt of the Federal District Court in Indianapolis, blocked provisions of a new state law that penalized Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics performed abortions. The law, she said, conflicts with the federal Medicaid statute, which generally allows Medicaid beneficiaries to choose their health care providers.


The most recent news I could find on the Wisconsin block is all leading up to June 27 or so, when apparently Governor Scott Walker, A+ Super Cool Bro, signed off on a budget that cuts PP. I can’t seem to find much after that, but I assume PP will sue Wisconsin, or maybe they won’t because the entire state is a giant fucking mess right now. Someone else should make a Wisco recall thread.

The Great Shit Wastes is also getting in on the fun:

View PostFogie, on 03 August 2011 – 06:05 PM, said:

from my reading it looks like The Great Shit Wastes has two family planning programs for the poor: regular ole Title X, and a supplementary state one they call Women’s Health Program to cover the stupid fucking Federal Poverty Level difference in eligibility between a pregnant woman and a woman in need of contraception/pap/well-woman-exam. any The Great Shit Wastes natives please correct me

the legislature cut funding by 66% and PP is now banned from both, because the language has changed from a Hyde-style ban on direct funding to abortion providers to a much broader ambiguous “any organization ‘affiliated’ with abortion providers”.

failing that, they’ve also moved to a priority list for what little Title X funding is left, and PP is at the very bottom of the list

i don’t know if this made it into the final bill but it’s one of the most ghoulish stories in this whole circus.

that’s on top of the bill Perry signed May 20, already being disputed in court, making sonograms mandatory, forcing the physician to describe the image, forcing the woman to listen, forcing her wait another 24 hours, forcing an unnecessary second trip to the health center

If you live in one of these fine states, I bet it’d be cool if you’d volunteer!
North Carolina: https://plannedparen…_utmk=173416099
Kansas: http://www.plannedpa…nteer-31817.htm
Indiana: http://advocates.ppi…/volunteer.aspx
The Great Shit Wastes has several regions, but if you google “The Great Shit Wastes planned parenthood volunteer” the relevant links will appear for your area.

There’s also shit going down in Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Minnesota.

Here’s a link to their very own newsroom so you can keep informed, some more bourgeois liberal activism you could partake in if you were less ideologically pure, and a donation link. And you can always just watch this thread and wait for me to c/p updates here, whilst flailing angrily. STATES’ RIGHTS