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Obama admin threatens states for defunding Planned Parenthood
Life Site News ^ | August 13, 2015 | Lisa Bourne

Posted on 08/13/2015 2:28:53 PM PDT by NYer

August 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Obama administration threatened states taking steps to defund Planned Parenthood, claiming they may be in violation of federal law, HHS officials said on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said that representatives of its agency, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, contacted state officials in Louisiana and Alabama earlier this month warning them that their plans to end Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood may illegally constrict beneficiary access to services, according to Yahoo News.

Federal law requires state Medicaid programs to cover “family-planning” services and supplies for anyone of child-bearing age, according to HHS, and the agency contends that terminating the agreements with Planned Parenthood would restrict beneficiaries' access to care and services from “qualified providers of their choice.”

President Obama has been an ardent Planned Parenthood supporter throughout his administration. He told the largest provider of abortion in the U.S. in 2013 he would fight alongside it to further its agenda.

His administration has said since the video scandal broke that Planned Parenthood’s actions “are entirely consistent with the strictest ethical guidelines that have been established in the healthcare industry,” and indicated it would oppose any effort to defund Planned Parenthood.

Obama’s shot across the bow comes just after the sixth in a series of undercover videos was released exposing the abortion giant bartering in the sales of fetal tissue and body parts from children aborted at its facilities.

The latest video divulged how Planned Parenthood would routinely steal the remains of aborted children with their mothers’ consent.   

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP candidate for president, canceled the contract with his state's two Planned Parenthood locations earlier this month after the controversy surfaced.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced his state would end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in the last couple days as well.

The New Hampshire Executive Council voted to cut off funds from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the third state to move on defunding Planned Parenthood this week.

A U.S. Senate vote to defund the abortion giant failed last week, but investigations are pending at the national and state level.

Planned Parenthood advocates continue to claim that cuts would harm women, depriving them of needed services.

“You can’t exclude Planned Parenthood [from funding] because you don’t like the services they provide,” said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues associate for the Guttmacher Institute, in a Wall Street Journal report.

Planned Parenthood and its supporters continually tout breast cancer screenings among its services, but the abortion giant does not offer them, and in fact refers clients to other facilities for mammograms.

In the past when states tried to block funding the claim didn’t hinge on whether Planned Parenthood was guilty of illegal activity, said Casey Mattox, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, so a court case over state defunding efforts would be a first.

“This really hasn’t been tried before,” Mattox said. “Planned Parenthood has contracts with states that can be terminated for cause. In other situations the contracts were not terminated for cause."


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1 posted on 08/13/2015 2:28:53 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

It’s the Chicago way.


2 posted on 08/13/2015 2:30:04 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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Well, states fight back with rejecting and nullifying unconstitutional federal acts and regulations like this one. Tell Obama to pound sand.


3 posted on 08/13/2015 2:30:41 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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"The Obama administration threatened states taking steps to defund Planned Parenthood, claiming they may be in violation of federal law"

What about Sanctuary Cities, O'Brilliant One?

4 posted on 08/13/2015 2:31:42 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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So the states will use alternative providers for Medicaid services

Maybe providers that offer a full range of services like adoption counseling

And then?


5 posted on 08/13/2015 2:32:09 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: NYer

FU Barry Soetoro.


6 posted on 08/13/2015 2:32:25 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: NYer

The constitution is currently not being followed. Therefore we don’t have a constitution.

Our federal government is a creation of the states. When this creation gets out of control, then the states have the right to abolish it or change it.

Besides the three branches of federal government that we are aware of, there exists a fourth branch which most people forget, it is the states. And actually, as mentioned above, this fourth branch has more power and authority than any of othe other three combined.

It is time for the fourth branch to assume it’s proper authority, and alter or abolish the other three.


7 posted on 08/13/2015 2:33:43 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - Classical Christian Approach to Homeschool ])
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I always say this to democrats...

Why would anybody want the defund the largest and most successful crime prevention program in the world?


8 posted on 08/13/2015 2:33:44 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Oh, that’s OK. Obola can choose whatever laws he wants us to obey, and what laws he wants his own administration to observe.


9 posted on 08/13/2015 2:33:54 PM PDT by Robert A Cook PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

VERY GODD response!!!!!


10 posted on 08/13/2015 2:35:22 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: Kit cat

GODD= GOOD


11 posted on 08/13/2015 2:36:21 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: fatnotlazy

30 Republican Governors and how many of them are ready to demand his removal from office?


12 posted on 08/13/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT by Steamburg (Other people's money is the only language a politician respects)
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To: fatnotlazy
It’s the Chicago way.

"Go F*** Yourself, Zerø"

It's the everywhere else (that matters) way.

13 posted on 08/13/2015 2:43:47 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: NYer

Obama ignores the law, therefore the states should ignore Obama.


14 posted on 08/13/2015 2:46:13 PM PDT by beethovenfan (Islam is a cancer on civilization.)
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To: NYer

What “needed services?” A convenient means to kill babies? Here is a service/advice: DO NOT GET PREGNANT!


15 posted on 08/13/2015 2:52:54 PM PDT by madison10 (If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter)
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To: Steamburg
The spineless wimps in all levels of government are too scared to do anything to Obama and his accomplices for fear of being called racist. And more than a few of them are actively complicit in his crimes. Boehner and McConnell, for example. I don't know if the administration has some leverage for blackmail or these traitors have received some kind of compensation. Whatever. All levels of government have been thoroughly corrupted. I can only pray the Almighty will render appropriate punishment against these traitors.
16 posted on 08/13/2015 2:53:05 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: NYer

Someone please give Obama his bottle...

17 posted on 08/13/2015 2:59:17 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If the fetus at one minute old is not alive, what is it?)
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To: NYer

the most evil man since Hitler


18 posted on 08/13/2015 3:06:03 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (up)
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To: faithhopecharity
the most evil man since Hitler


19 posted on 08/13/2015 3:06:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NYer
"“You can’t exclude Planned Parenthood [from funding] because you don’t like the services they provide,” said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues associate for the Guttmacher Institute, in a Wall Street Journal report."

This is no longer about excluding Planned Parenthood because people don't like the services they provide. This is about refusing to fund criminal activity. Until it can be determined that Planned Parenthood is not itself in violation of federal and state laws, a state or any other entity should be allowed to withhold funds supporting them.

20 posted on 08/13/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT by Waryone
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