Rick Perry's War with Planned Parenthood Goes Too Far, Texans Say In Poll

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War is declared and battle come down.
Rick Perry's plan to bar Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the state's Women's Health Program may be red meat to the religious right stirred up over the current contraception wars, but it's not too popular with Texans, a new poll shows.

Public Policy Polling's new survey shows 55 percent of Texans are opposed to the plan, scheduled to go into effect March 14, and only 38 percent support it.

The WHP provides cancer screenings, wellness care and other medical services (including contraception!!) for low-income women. It's a partnership between the state and the federal government.

The new rule excludes any clinic from the plan if it has a relationship with an affiliate organization that provides abortions -- like Planned Parenthood.

(Hospitals are excluded.)

PPP's poll shows widespread dissatisfaction: Women oppose the policy by a 57-37 percent margin, and men are only slightly less pissed, with a 52-40 percent margin.

Says PPP:

We also asked more specifically about Governor Perry's decision to discriminate against women who choose Planned Parenthood as their health care provider. 59% oppose Perry's efforts to prevent women from using Planned Parenthood for vital preventive services, while only 38% support him on that front. A majority of independents, 51/45, oppose his position on the issue.

Usual caveats: PPP leans Democratic, it depends on the wording of the questions, etc. But interesting results nonetheless.


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bnuckols
bnuckols

The questions asked by PPP are  "discriminatory." No one is preventing anyone from going anywhere. We are choosing how to spend our money and where. How about asking how people feel about the 2500 doctors and clinics that have been identified to replace 44 PP clinics will comprehensive, continuing care? Or how Texans feel about subsidizing one division of a corporation when another division performs abortions?

Ari
Ari

As I read this, I was left with this question: PEOPLE ACTUALLY APPROVE OF PERRY'S ACTIONS?!?! Honestly, even though the majority of people *don't* agree with him, I am baffled and not just a little bit angered that he has support in "the war against people choosing how to live". Planned Parenthood isn't some evil organization intent on bankrupting America, yeesh! Why Rick Perry (and most other Republicans) agree that they are astounds me.

Jnjrothermel
Jnjrothermel

The house of reps and the senate need to get out of the house and go to an abortion clinic and to a planned parenthood facility and go on a tour of each to learn the difference between the two, because obviously if they did their homework then they would be better informed and able to make smarter decisions, just like those that choose to wear a prophylactic.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Can people stop voting for him now? Is that too much to ask for?

Loganalexa
Loganalexa

 Amen.

Loganalexa
Loganalexa

 BTW, I didn't vote for him in the last election for governor.  Unfortunately he won anyways.  Ugh.

Anse
Anse

I am 100% certain that if dudes could have babies, none of these swaggering idiots would be opposed to abortion.

Guest
Guest

I am 100% certain that if one of these swaggering idiots knocked up his mistress, they wouldn't be opposed to abortion... of course, if all those incredibly persistant rumors are true, Rick doesn't have to worry about that.

Maxatomic
Maxatomic

Why are hospitals excluded?  Someone explain the sense of that, please.

bnuckols
bnuckols

 Hospitals are not excluded - they can't receive State tax funds if they perform elective abortions on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies.

Ay tu
Ay tu

They have excellent lobbyists.

Maxatomic
Maxatomic

Thanks, I had a moment of madness wherein forgot that all nearly all political movements towards morality are really about profit amongst friends.  Whenever something makes no sense or seems blatantly hypocritical on the surface, someone's buddy is benefitting.

So, at the end of the day. the result is...  safe abortions if you can afford a hospital, or have exceptional insurance, or have a doctor that just calls it a DNC...

bnuckols
bnuckols

 If a doctor lies about an abortion, he is in violation of State law.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

The jackass proudly touted how many Planned Parenthood clinics that he forced to close due to this legislation. Not one of the ones that closed offered abortions.

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