Rage. Probably political rage. Maybe just personal rage. Lots of sarcasm and cynicism. Also pretty pictures.

Texas Ends Funding of Planned Parenthood, Leaving 1,000s in the Lurch

abaldwin360:

AUSTIN, Texas (Daily News) — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control.

Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights.

Texas has long banned the use of state funds for abortion, but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state’s Women’s Health Program. The program provides preventive care to 110,000 poor women a year, and Planned Parenthood clinics were treating 48,000 of them.

Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit to stop the rule will still go forward, but the judge decided Monday that the ban may go into effect for now. In seeking a temporary restraining order, Planned Parenthood wanted its patients to be able to see their current doctors until a final decision was made.

“We are pleased the court rejected Planned Parenthood’s latest attempt to skirt state law,” attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Bean said. “The Texas Attorney General’s office will continue to defend the Texas Legislature’s decision to prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars through the Women’s Health Program.”

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All I can do right now is facepalm.

shortformblog:

sarahlee310:

It’s been discovered that an old obscure paragraph dealing with state pension benefits has allowed Texas Gov. Rick Perry to increase his take-home pay by more than $90,000 a year. While slashing programs for the poor, he’s getting retirement benefits while still working.

An interesting history of how Perry got the ability to double-dip.

abaldwin360:

By Marie Diamond | Think Progress

A Texas man has enlisted the ACLU to help him sue CVS for gender discrimination after a pharmacist refused to sell him emergency contraception.

Jason Melbourne had already visited four pharmacies in search of Plan B for his wife when he was referred to a

PerSe1010: Fucking absurd.

abaldwin360:

By Miranda Leitsinger | msnbc.com

Seven Occupy protesters were indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in Houston on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office says, in connection with their demonstration at the local port as part of a national day of action by the movement.

When, in 2004, new advances in arson science seemed to prove that death row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham had not, in fact, murdered his three children via arson, Perry denied a stay of execution. And when the Texas Forensic Science Commission, after taking the unprecedented step of reexamining the case, seemed on the verge of posthumously exonerating Willingham, Perry took the also unprecedented step of replacing three members of the commission. Just like that.

What Rick Perry Wasn’t Asked About the Death Penalty | Mother Jones

PerSe1010:

The kind of man/leader Rick Perry is - you don’t like the results, fire the folks who gave them to you…even in matters of life or death. You’re not innocent until proven guilty. You’re not even guilty until proven innocent. You’re just guilty.

inothernews:

aerialcircus:

“A federal judge temporarily blocked key provisions of a Texas abortion law on Tuesday that would require women seeking the procedure to view a sonogram and listen to the heartbeat of their fetus.

The law, which had been due to go into effect on Thursday, was a major part of Republican Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry’s agenda in this year’s Texas legislative session.

But the judge, in a victory for abortion rights activists, ruled in a preliminary injunction that there was cause to believe such a requirement was an unconstitutional burden on doctors.

“The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen,” U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said in the ruling.”

Jesus H. Christ, Texas.

motherjones:

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 book Fed Up! has some pretty radical ideas: He calls Social Security unconstitutional, suggests the 16th and 17th Amendments should be repealed, and that states should be allowed to ban gay people from having sex. But he didn’t pull these ideas out of thin air; Perry’s controversial views on federalism and the nation’s Judeo-Christian roots come straight from the pages of one of his favorite books: The Five Thousand Years Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen. Here’s what else is on Rick Perry’s reading list, and why you should care.

motherjones:

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 book Fed Up! has some pretty radical ideas: He calls Social Security unconstitutional, suggests the 16th and 17th Amendments should be repealed, and that states should be allowed to ban gay people from having sex. But he didn’t pull these ideas out of thin air; Perry’s controversial views on federalism and the nation’s Judeo-Christian roots come straight from the pages of one of his favorite books: The Five Thousand Years Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen. Here’s what else is on Rick Perry’s reading list, and why you should care.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is toying with a run for president. Perry is a skilled politician and has never lost an election, but he has taken an increasingly antiscience turn in his approach to governing. On global warming he now says that the leading source of “supposedly deadly carbon dioxide” is the mouth of Al Gore. On education he has appointed creationists to lead the Texas State Board of Education. And on the issue of sex ed in Texas, Perry has taken governing positions that affect millions of children based on his own personal opinions, even when those opinions are overwhelmingly contradicted by the evidence.