Obama Moves To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding, Permanently

Sep 24, 2016

By Laura Bassett

WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration has proposed a new rule that would prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood or any other family planning provider for political reasons.

The new rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services proposed last week, says that states cannot withhold Title X federal family planning money from certain recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” That means states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortion services.

“This will make a real difference in so many people’s lives,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. “Thanks to the Obama administration, women will still be able to access the birth control they need to plan their families, and the cancer screenings they need to stay healthy.”

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3 comments on “Obama Moves To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding, Permanently

  • @OP – link – If the new Title X rule becomes permanent after a 30-day public comment period, which is likely, those states will be forced to back down from the fight against the nation’s largest family planning provider.

    “This rule makes it clear that politicians cannot ignore the law as they pursue their agenda to stop women from getting the care they need,” Richards said.

    It looks like it may fix the problem of god-delusion-blinkers reinterpreting national law to suit their own agendas!

    Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), a member of the House select committee that’s investigating the [debunked] video’s claims, called the Obama administration’s new rule to protect Planned Parenthood a “stunt.”

    “We must use the full force of Congress and the grassroots strength of the national pro-life movement to defeat this absurd rule

    The delusion is obviously strong, and the bigot-blinkers firmly locked on to that one!

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  • Meanwhile in the world of improving the quality of human lives and eliminating handicaps or fatal conditions – medical staff are having to choose which country to work in, because of restrictions, and in some places, dominating bigotry! :-

    The world’s first baby has been born using a new “three person” fertility technique, New Scientist reveals

    The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor.

    US doctors took the unprecedented step to ensure the baby boy would be free of a genetic condition that his Jordanian mother carries in her genes.

    Experts say the move heralds a new era in medicine and could help other families with rare genetic conditions.

    But they warn that rigorous checks of this new and controversial technology, called mitochondrial donation, are needed.

    It’s not the first time scientists have created babies that have DNA from three people – that breakthrough began in the late 1990s – but it is an entirely new and significant method.

    Some women carry genetic defects in mitochondria and they can pass these on to their children. In the case of the Jordanian family, it was a disorder called Leigh Syndrome that would have proved fatal to any baby conceived.

    Scientists have devised a number of ways to circumvent this problem.

    The US team, who travelled to Mexico to carry out the procedure because there are no laws there that prohibit it, used a method that takes all the vital DNA from the mother’s egg plus healthy mitochondria from a donor egg to create a healthy new egg that can be fertilised with the father’s sperm.

    Their technique uses a healthy donor egg to provide healthy mitochondria.

    The result is a baby with 0.1% of their DNA from the donor (mitochondrial DNA) and all the genetic code for things like hair and eye colour from the mother and father.

    The UK has already passed laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

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  • So having protected planned parenthood, the next move is protecting planned parenting!


    Male toilets in public buildings in the US must now have baby changing facilities, according to a new law signed by President Barack Obama.

    Both male and female bathrooms should have a “physically safe, sanitary and appropriate” place to change a nappy.

    Known as the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act, it was first raised back in April by Congressman David N Cicilline.

    “Federal buildings are paid for by taxpayers,” he says.

    “It’s important to ensure that they are as open, as accessible, and as family-friendly as possible.”

    The act makes public places “more accommodating for working moms and dads” across the US.

    There is no specific legislation in the UK regarding baby change facilities, Raymond Martin, director at the British Toilet Association (BTA) says.

    The organisation was set up almost 20 years ago to campaign for better public toilets across the country.

    Back then, he estimates, no more than one in ten male toilets had a proper place to change a nappy. Now it’s closer to two-thirds.

    Some UK baby-change facilities are simply unisex areas next to toilets.

    I certainly used such facilities in UK main shopping areas 30 years ago.

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