Friday, October 30, 2015

Judge blocks Alabama's attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Cites lack of "legal reason." Gee, no kidding.

Courtesy of ABC News:  

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Alabama to restore Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, money the state tried to cut off in the wake of undercover videos shot by abortion opponents. 

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order that temporarily bars Alabama from cutting off Medicaid contracts with the group's clinics in Alabama. Planned Parenthood Southeast and a Medicaid recipient filed suit in August, days after Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced he was ending the Medicaid agreements with the two clinics. 

"Today's ruling is a victory for the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for quality, compassionate affordable health care," said Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast. "It's outrageous that Governor Bentley is trying to take care away from women and families in our communities who need it the most." 

In his 66-page opinion, Thompson said Alabama did not identify a legal reason to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and that the state's action likely violated a free-choice-of-provider provision of the federal Medicaid Act that limits a state's ability to bar family planning providers for reasons unrelated to quality of care.

And once again let's remind ourselves that Alabama is NOT one of the places where Planned Parenthood donated fetal tissue to researchers, so this  entire thing was ridiculous from the get go.

Of course you would think that the anti-choice folks would look at this and think "Well if we can't accomplish this in Alabama what  chance do we have in other states?"

But of course that will not happen and these Right Wing assholes will just keep right on spending tax payer money in the desperate attempt to take away a woman's right to choose.


  1. Anonymous5:53 AM

    I suspect you Dems are the culprits behind a lot of this defund Planned Parenthood noise. What better way to lose the largest voting bloc than to heap insult upon insult on women?

    You don't think we would just hand the 2016 election over to you this easily, do you? Go back to telling each other how much Christian women dislike sex. At least that was amusing.

    1. I suspect you are an idiot. The group behind the videos is run by the biggest right wing toadie on earth. He was responsible for the doctored ACORN videos and spends most of his time trying to find dirt on hillary's campaign swag.

    2. Anonymous7:15 AM

      Come on, meghan, there's no need for any childish name calling. You sound like that other Dem operative, Trump. Aren't you keeping up? Sarah is in the middle of penning something almost as good as the "bear trilogy."

    3. Anonymous8:19 AM

      Oh dear, has the sad Rebecca Mansour now trolling defunct blogs?

    4. LOL.

      That clown car doesn't need any help losing voters. They're perfectly capable of doing it to themselves.

  2. Anonymous8:07 AM


  3. Anonymous9:35 AM

    OT-But good read:

  4. Anonymous4:40 PM

    What we need is for someone to expose the video for what it is. Fraud and Propaganda. On a third grade level without using big words and lies.

  5. But, but.....we have VIDEO! Of course they are guilty.


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