Republicans want to put the government in your personal business. And, that government needs to be real big – big enough to reach all the way down to non-profits. And to put icing on the cake, they want the courts and the Texas Attorney General to activist-up and adjudicate this.
Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, is seeking the attorney general’s help in keeping state funding for contraception and women’s health out of the hands of Planned Parenthood.
In 2005, Deuell and other anti-abortion lawmakers set up a mechanism so that federal Medicaid money for family planning and women’s wellness, such as cancer screening, would bypass Planned Parenthood because it is an abortion provider.
PP has set up a separate entity that runs abortion clinics from private funding. It also operates, with taxpayer help, a number of clinics around Texas that have long provided other medical care for women.
“Now, in some parallel world, it’s not odd that Republicans want big government and activist judges, but in this one, it’s duly noted as a tad freekin’ insane. Let me put it this way: if you wanted to drive the Bob Deuell crazy, it would be a very short trip,” Juanita observes this morning as she pours coffee and snark.
“Ya know, if you’re anti-choice, that’s fine with me. There’s a simple solution: don’t have an abortion. I have a friend who is anti-alcohol. She doesn’t drink, but she ain’t Carrie Nation. I have friends who don’t eat pork, but they don’t ask the Texas Attorney General to slap that short rib out of my mouth,” Juanita reports.
“This here is America,” Juanita points proudly to the flag in her salon, “unless you are my man or my ob/gyn, get the hell outta my lady bidness.”
Rightwinger icon and anti-choice loudmouth Attorney General Greg Abbott has up to six months to make a decision. “I wouldn’t place any money on this decision going down in favor of women,” Juanita says, “because the boys will be making those decisions for us.”