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Missouri Looks to Completely Dismantle Planned Parenthood in Landmark Bill

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The Show Me State may have just shown Planned Parenthood the door, at least when it comes to state funding.

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick said the state’s new budget will contain “no loophole” that would allow Planned Parenthood to retain funding, The Associated Press reported.

The Republican-led legislature previously tried to stop taxpayer money from going to the organization by refusing federal dollars that required Planned Parenthood to be reimbursed if low-income Missourians used the organization for women’s services like birth control or cancer screenings.

However, the organization continued to be reimbursed with state money. That’ll change with the latest state spending plan.

On Thursday, Fitzpatrick said that “there should be no loophole that would allow abortion providers to have access” to taxpayer dollars.

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According to the Kansas City Star, the language was introduced via a budget amendment by Rep. Robert Ross, who said he “simply do not want our tax dollars being spent providing for abortions, and that’s what I seek to do with this amendment.”

This isn’t the first time the legislature took a strong stand for life, either. In April, they also voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks. It didn’t take long for everyone on the left to lose their connection to reality.

“The legislature has just made a seriously politically motivated attempt to damage and discriminate against those patients,” said Missouri Planned Parenthood policy director M’Evie Mead.

Mead, using the typical Planned Parenthood tear-jerking language, noted that Missouri’s decision “could absolutely mean that the patients who are seeking care for the programs at Planned Parenthood won’t be able to get that care and that Planned Parenthood won’t be able to be reimbursed for that care.”

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“Of course Planned Parenthood’s doors are going to stay open and we’re going to try to ensure that all those patients get access to care,” she added. “But the legislature has just made a seriously politically motivated attempt to damage and discriminate against those patients.”

Right. If America has truly gotten to the point where America’s top abortion mill is also the only place low-income women seeking cancer screenings or birth control can go to get care, we’ve truly come to an awful place. Somehow, I don’t think that’s the case.

Next to the handmaids, however, Planned Parenthood looked almost sensible.

Handmaids, you say? Yes, a group of protesters decided it was high time to dress up as handmaids from the Margaret Atwood novel and/or liberal Hulu favorite “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is about women being forced into sexual servitude in a future dystopia. Here’s them facing off with a protester with a Gadsen flag.

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Of course, the protesters were backed up by Mead and Planned Parenthood.

“And that’s what ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is all about — what happens when a government takes control over a certain segment of women’s lives and tries to run them for their own purposes,” Mead said.

Except they’re not taking “control over a certain segment of women’s lives.” They’re just stopping a gleefully pro-abortion organization from receiving funding from the state government when the populace seems to disagree with them.

Liberal blog Crooks & Liars, meanwhile, named their article about the Missouri legislature’s bill “Handmaid Tales: Missouri Leading America Back To Reproductive Slavery.”

Yes, “reproductive slavery” is not having taxpayer money go to an abortion mill. That’s really where the left is in 2018. Nice work.

Thankfully, the Missouri legislature isn’t in the hands of the likes of Mead, or anyone who believes abortion providers should be able to use moral blackmail to force citizens who don’t agree with their mission to fund their activities.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Morristown, New Jersey
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Catholic University of America
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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