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Thursday, April 06, 2006

PP complains TX abortion laws hurt women, interesting...

I just stumbled upon planned parenthoods recent articles about Texas Abortion in Texas

Hmm, it seems to me that only 2 of these "horrid attacks on women's rights" have anything to do with women at all. I bolded everything that is an attack to only planned parenthoods pocketbook.

A woman must wait 24 hours before having an abortion after she receives so-called "counseling" regarding prenatal/neonatal care options and alleged abortion-related risks, including breast cancer (a risk disavowed by the American Cancer Society). She is encouraged to read a state-prepared booklet that features descriptions and color pictures of the fetus at two-week increments of development and a directory listing anti-choice "pregnancy care centers" Noncompliant doctors can incur fines of up to $10,000.

Individual providers and private health care institutions may refuse to provide abortion services based on their own biases.

A woman under 18 must obtain consent for abortion from a parent, and may bypass consent only if the pregnancy endangers her life, or if she successfully convinces a court that notification would result in harm.

Individuals or organizations performing more than 50 abortions per year must register as licensed abortion facilities for an annual fee of $2,500.

In addition to complying with customary professional standards, abortion providers are subject to TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws — dozens of medical, administrative, and facility regulations that micromanage everything from room setup to staffing structure. Violators face fines of up to $1,000 per day, per violation


Abortions after 16 weeks must be performed at licensed, heavily regulated "ambulatory surgical centers" or hospitals, but few of these sites will perform the procedure.

Public money is available for abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or "endangered maternal life." A pending Medicaid waiver will expand state funding for coverage of family planning and preventive health care for low-income women. But organizations providing abortion-related services or referrals are ineligible for funds, and emergency contraception (EC) counseling and provision are forbidden.

And now for the super awesome news!

# Family planning clinics have closed statewide, and at least one county health department's budget was cut 50 percent.

# Several Planned Parenthood health centers can now afford only subsidized care for Medicaid recipients.

# Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region in Austin was forced to end walk-in services, reduce hours, and limit clients to ages 24 and under at one of its health centers.

# PPCWC lost 12 staffers, closed its administrative office, and moved administrative staff into two health centers rather than curtail services.

# One Brownsville health center switched from subsidized to fee-for-service billing, with the result that it now serves 40 percent fewer women.

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