Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal keeps digging down to reach new lows.
Despite the recent videos by an anti-abortion group (which was fraudulently set up and is itself being investigated) against Planned Parenthood being illegal recorded, highly edited and misleading; despite the US Senate failing to defund them (thanks to Democrats!); despite DHH’s entirely politically motivated investigation (here is the PP response); despite Planned Parenthood not even providing abortions in Louisiana, he has taken it upon himself to terminate the Medicaid provider contract with them.
His stated reason for termination reads: “Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life. It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”
Bobby Jindal exemplifies the definition of snollygoster: A politician who will go to any lengths to win public office, regardless of party affiliation or platform.
Let me be totally clear: Planned Parenthood offers family planning services, cervical exams and gynecology services to women in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. No abortions are done by the Louisiana facilities but they do provide life saving screenings for STD’s and cancer as well as affordable contraceptives.
As this graphic from them shows, nationwide they provide essential services to women and their families:
As Gavin Newsom (CA Lieutenant Governor) posted:
Defunding Planned Parenthood will inevitably result in more unplanned pregnancies and, as a consequence, more abortions, not fewer. While there are a handful of women in both the House and Senate who are fighting to defund Planned Parenthood, this has, unsurprisingly, been a conversation dominated by men. To me, it is morally reprehensible for anyone to tell women what they should do with their bodies – and it’s a debate that men have absolutely no business having without women at the table.
One in five women have visited Planned Parenthood clinics for health care. I know I have. The care they offer is affordable and a damn lot more respectful than most other health providers I’ve seen!
Melissa Flourney, state director for Planned Parenthood – Gulf Coast, said “Planned Parenthood provided more than 15,000 health care visits in the state in 2014. Some of the services men and women used at Planned Parenthood included lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.”
Katha Pollitt asks a good question: Are we going to allow extremists control the discourse and dictate the agenda around reproductive rights, medicine and scientific research?
Extremists, I might remind you, who operate through fear-mongering, who spread misinformation and lies, who will use false documents to spy and break the law in pursuit of a provider of safe and LEGAL medical procedures! Extremists who threaten contractors who dare take legitimate paid work to help build the New Orleans clinic? The ones who would vandalize the construction site?
Or are we going to #StandWithPP?
We can no longer afford to be silent. Anyone who has used Planned Parenthood services can no longer let fear or shame keep us quiet. As we have seen, our silence will not protect us!
We must vote against these politicians who would rather make political hay than protect the health of women.
Exercise your right by voting in primary and general elections. In Louisiana, the next elections will be the Gubernatorial primary voting on Oct. 24, 2015 and the Nov. 21, 2015 general election.
Please consider supporting Planned Parenthood which provides affordable, high quality health care services in Louisiana or other organizations (like the New Orleans Abortion Fund) who work hard to protect access to safe and legal abortions.