Planned Parenthood isn't having the best year — threats to their funding, and even their right to stay open, have been hitting them from every which way. But we've got some temporarily good news, from Kansas of all places — Judge J. Thomas Martin struck down the proposed law that would limit any funding Planned Parenthood would receive to leftovers from public-health institutions.

If the law had passed, the Planned Parenthood location in Hays, Kansas, wouldn't have had enough money to sustain itself, and would have shut down. That particular location does not count abortions as one of its services; they provide birth control, cancer screenings, and breast exams for low-income patients, which is yet another sad reminder that cutting funding to the group might be intended as an anti-abortion move, but women needing basic health services are getting caught in the cross-hairs.

This isn't the first time a law has been introduced in Kansas to end funding for PPFA, and it certainly won't be the last. But hey, in this political climate (in Kansas), we'll take our wins where we can get them.


Commentarium (10 Comments)

Aug 02 11 - 3:42pm

Well, good then.

Aug 02 11 - 6:26pm

The government shouldn't have to pay for health care for anyone, regardless of income or gender. Leave it up to private donations and fund raisers.

Aug 02 11 - 9:35pm

yeah, fuck old people (and war veterans)

Aug 02 11 - 9:41pm

By all means, let's continue to be the only industrialized country without government health care assistance.

Aug 03 11 - 9:33pm

let's not get that not having the highest standard of living thing (even though we have the highest GDP) get us down no more

Aug 03 11 - 1:44pm

If only there were some sort of medical program to aid poor women in paying for birth control, cancer screenings, and breast exams. They could even call it "Medicaid."

Nah, that'll never happen.

Good thing the people of Kansas will be required to subsidize PP then!

Aug 03 11 - 9:22pm

except that people actually use PP, but that's whatever, let's not let that get in the way

Aug 05 11 - 3:52pm

I don't get what you are trying to argue? That because there is medicaid that there shouldn't be any other private institutions that also offer medical services which get government funding? 1.2 million use PP yearly, which is pretty big considering the size of operation PP is, it's just a nonprofit, not a huge government institution. If it is able to provide services for people that would otherwise wouldn't be there for those people then why should we get rid of it? Isn't that like a basic rule of capitalism that firms will arise if there is a niche market that is not capturing those services? It sounds like you are trying to make a complete socialized medical care argument.

Also, "Let's pretend there ar eno - charity clinics" (What do you think PP is exactly?)

just so you know PP doesn't use any public funding for abortions (which is only 3% of their overall funding as an entire organization anyways)

Aug 08 11 - 9:59am

Oh, so money isn't fungible anymore? At least when spent on abortions?

What I'm saying is that poor people can, and do, get along fine without PP.

What your arguing is that poor women will be left with nowhere to go unless Kansas funds PP--which is horseshit. They can take medicaid cards to PP, to doctors, clinics, etc.

But forget all that and go abortion!