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Louisiana Keeps Planned Parenthood from Getting Medicaid Dollars?

— September 2, 2015

Planned Parenthood is getting its day in court in Baton Rouge, LA today. The organization has moved for an injunction against the order from Governor Bobby Jindall that would ban it from receiving Medicaid dollars. The order becomes effective today, unless U.S. District Judge John deGravelles grants the injunction.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles in Baton Rouge, LA gets the pleasure of hearing the latest asshattery from (please-let-this-be-a-nightmare) presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal. The case at hand involves whether Louisiana keeps Planned Parenthood from getting Medicaid dollars.

Woman-hater Jindal issued an order, effective today, barring Planned Parenthood from getting Medicaid funds after an anti-abortion group spread rumors that the Planned Parenthood was selling aborted fetal tissue. It should be pointed out that Planned Parenthood in Louisiana does not perform abortions at this time. It makes one wonder why Jindal has his banana hammock in a twist.

Straight from the jackass’ mouth, Planned Parenthood “does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life.”

So, let me make this perfectly clear: Planned Parenthood in Louisiana provides birth control, women’s health services, cancer screenings and basic health care but this is a “fundamental disrespect for human life”? On what fictional, misogynist, backwater world is this true or even logical?

Apparently, that would be the governor’s office in the bayou state. The state’s attorneys argue that granting Planned Parenthood the injunction it seeks would be a bold move that infringes upon the state’s legal authority. Hmmm… Looks like Jindal ordered extra Kool-Aid for the staff this month.

KENNER, LA - JUNE 03:  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks at an event with Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)  at Pontchartrain Center June 3, 2008 in Kenner, Louisiana. McCain was expected to recognize Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as the party's presumptive nominee in his speech.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, state that the quest for an injunction is meant to “protect 5,200 people’s access to cancer screenings, well woman exams and basic health care in Louisiana. Many of these folks would have nowhere else to turn for health care.”

It seems to me that providing health care to its residents should be of paramount importance to any state government. Then again, Jindal is making a bid for the U.S. presidency (can I wake up now, please?). Given that his base is a bunch of mouth-breathing idiots who would die for the rights of an unborn child but quickly call it a freeloader if the teen-aged rape-victim mother needed financial assistance to raise it, he has to forget certain responsibilities in order to pander for votes.

There is some hope that justice, not ignorance, will prevail. While the Obama administration is not a party to the case, the Justice Department filed a brief yesterday. In it, the court is reminded that banning Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program contravenes “Louisiana’s obligations under the Medicaid statute by denying Medicaid beneficiaries of their right to obtain medical care from the qualified providers of their choice.”


Judge to Decide if Louisiana Can Ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

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