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Friday, September 18, 2015

House votes to block Planned Parenthood funding for a year

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 12:12 PM

On a mostly party line vote, the Republican-controlled House voted to block federal funding from Planned Parenthood affiliates for a year. All Arkansas Republicans voted for it.

The Republicans came equipped with graphics purporting to show no patients would be harmed because money could go to community health centers instead.. A federal judge in Little Rock heard yesterday that 1) women preferred Planned Parenthood as a source of medical care; 2) many of the prroviders cited by Arkansas in seeking to stop funding Planned Parenthood don't provide the full range of services PP provides and thus women would have to go multiple places for what they now get in one stop; 3) the alternatives are far removed from Little Rock and Fayetteville clinics where women now receive medical services.

Again: The federal government money pays for no abortions, except in rape, incest and grave medical emergencies for the mother. This is about cancer screenings, sexual disease testing, well woman services and contracepton, which prevents abortion.

The legislation can't pass in the Senate, so this is just more political showmanship from Republicans.

We're checking regularly for a decision from Judge Kristine Baker on whether she'll prevent the state from moving ahead with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's order to toss Planned Parenthood off Medicaid because of engagement of unrelated Planned Parenthood clinics in two other states that participate in legal fetal tissue donation programs. Doctored videos by an anti-abortion group — obtained by deceptive, undercover operations — led to Hutchinson's decision that stopping medical services for poor women for an agency accused of no wrongdoing was protecting Arkansas "values."

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