Hold on tight to your birth control pills, because here's the latest in Planned Parenthood news.
Today, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota is arguing for an injunction against the South Dakota mandatory counseling and 72 hour wait law. "This law represents one of the most egregious attempts in the country to restrict access to health care,” said Planned Parenthood attorney Mimi Liu. “It was passed in flagrant disregard for well-established constitutional rights, and we are here today to ask the Court to stop this law from going into effect and to protect our patients and our doctors from the harm it would inflict.” Without an injunction, the law will go into effect July 1st, and stay in effect until courts rule on its constitutionality.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood of Kansas/Mid Missouri is seeking an injunction on a Kansas state law that defunds the group. "This budget amendment is contrary to federal law, impermissibly penalizes Planned Parenthood, and has the effect of restricting Kansans’ access to health care,” said PPFA Senior Staff Attorney Helene Krasnoff. “We hope the court will ensure Planned Parenthood can continue to provide Title X services to these women, men and teens.”
Wisconsin has also cut Planned Parenthood from their budget, following the leads of Indiana, Kansas and other states.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says the budget cuts money from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program, which aids both men and women in getting preventive health care. The Wall Street Journal reports that BadgerCare saves the state $140 million per year, according to the Department of Health.
“It is outrageous that Governor Walker would take away health care from thousands of women and families in Wisconsin,” said Cecile Richards, the president of the national Planned Parenthood organization.
And Texas will be following suit soon after, winning the "biggest state to defund Planned Parenthood" distinction:
he Texas legislature has passed an omnibus health reform bill that’s a cacophony of regressive conservative polices: 1) it establishes an illegal health care compact that would “allow Texas to partner with other states to ask the federal government for control — both fiscal and governmental — over both Medicare and Medicaid,” 2) block grants the Medicaid program, 3) prevents hospital districts that use tax revenue to finance an abortion from receiving state funding, and 4) denies funds to Planned Parenthood clinics that offer abortions. If signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry (R), Texas will become the largest state to defund Planned Parenthood.
Good thing there aren't any actual budget shortfalls or economic issues to deal with in these states, right?