As the state attempts to implement a rule barring Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in the government-funded Women’s Health Program, the health commission has directed low-income women­ to use its online database to search for a new provider.

Nearly half of the women served by the program currently rely on Planned Parenthood. The commission says that more than 3,000 providers are available to serve these women, but many experts are skeptical that these facilities will be able to accommodate the women displaced by the new rule.

The database has garnered complaints from health care providers and patients for producing what they see as inflated and “misleading” search results. It includes a number of duplicate entries, facilities that do not provide reproductive health services (such as children’s clinics), and listings for clinics that are unable to see new program clients.

When confronted about the issue by The American Independent at an event hosted by The Texas Tribune, Janek insisted that the “3,000 providers” figure was accurate and that the error-prone database is “a separate list.”

“When we say that we’ve got 3,000 providers out there ready to participate in this program, there’s no duplicates,” he said.

Still, Janek admitted the inaccurate database is “a real problem.”

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A study by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services found the state’s estimates of the impact of the rule to exclude Planned Parenthood appear to “contain numerous methodological flaws” and cautioned that the projections “may overstate remaining provider capacity in communities” where program participants live. The study added that the state might be counting reference laboratories “as sources of direct patient care.”

As detailed by TAI, the database also includes multiple listings of the same providers, lending the appearance of more options than actually available. On Wednesday, Janek addressed this concern as well.

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Despite the database problems and questions of provider capacity, the commissioner reassured the audience he is “confident” the Texas Women’s Health Program will be ready for implementation by Nov. 1 if needed.

Yet, shortly after Janek gave this assurance, the commission announced that it would continue accepting federal funds for the time being, allowing Planned Parenthood to remain in the program for now.

Last week, a state judge issued a temporary restraining order barring Texas from excluding Planned Parenthood as long as the state continued accepting federal funds. A court hearing set for Nov. 8 may provide more clarity about the legal controversy surrounding the rule.

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Darrell Issa, Jason Chaffetz and the rest of the idiots in the Republican party—Mitt Romney included— are so hell-bent on finding a way to blame President Obama for the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, that they are acting like proper assholes, and recklessly endangering people’s lives.

One such life? A Libyan woman human rights activist who is leading a campaign against violence, and who was detained in Benghazi. According to an administration official, this woman “expressed fear for her safety to U.S. officials and criticized the Libyan government,” and until today, she wasn’t publicly associated with the U.S. government. She was relatively safe.

But this afternoon, Darrell Issa—in a stroke of sheer idiocy—published reams of State Department documents, and this woman’s name appears in the documents—unredacted.

And now her life is in danger. The lives of several other Libyans named in the documents are in danger. And House Republicans, specifically Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz, are to blame.

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"The state of Connecticut declared abortion an “essential health benefit” last week and, as a result, the procedure must be covered by the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. A state health panel voted unanimously to consider all abortions - not just abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the woman’s life - essential health benefits that must be covered by Connecticut’s insurance plans when the state’s health exchange goes into effect in 2014."

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Now, that is good news!

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sarahlee310:

SarahLee:

This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person accounts which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Remembrances include those of women who experienced illegal abortions, doctors who risked imprisonment and loss of their licenses for providing illegal abortions, and individuals who broke the law by helping women find safe abortions.

If you have never seen this, you should download it and watch. 

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keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

@PPact:

Call and tell them “NO!” 614-466-1474 @TheDailyBeast: #Ohio Republicans Move to Cut Funds to Planned Parenthood: http://t.co/pRviKjGA

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

@PPact:

Call and tell them “NO!” 614-466-1474  Republicans Move to Cut Funds to Planned Parenthood: http://t.co/pRviKjGA

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sarahlee310:

shihtzuman:

It was a little over a year ago when Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) proposed legislation that would have barred Planned Parenthood from receiving the federal funds needed to provide essential and lifesaving services to nearly three million women each year. It was a long, hard fought battle — Republicans in Congress even threatened to shut down the government over funding Planned Parenthood. Imagine that — shutting down the federal government to deny women health care. At the end of nearly three months, the legislation was defeated in the Senate on April 14, 2010. But we haven’t forgotten what happened.

SarahLee Adds:

The list includes Todd Akin (MO), Ann Marie Buerkle (NY), Joe Donnelly (IN), Sean Duffy (WI), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA), Steve King (IA), Mike Pence (IN), Denny Rehberg (MT), Marco Rubio (FL), and Allen West (FL). Last year they had their vote, but this November we will have ours.

americawakiewakie:

5.  Kentucky

Things are blue for women in the Bluegrass State, where female poverty is at 18.5%, only 21% of women have college degrees and freedom of choice doesn’t exist for many. Health-insurance companies don’t cover abortions — unless it’s a procedure to save the mother’s life — and even if they did, an overwhelming 77% of women live in counties without a provider. Yet Kentucky still ranks only fifth on the list of worst states for women. In other words, it gets worse — not better — here on out.

4. West Virgina

After examining the data, iVillage found that West Virginia wasn’t the most ideal place for women to live. With a dismally low number of women holding degrees (just 17.8%) and the median income hovering around $29,651, women don’t have much of a chance at independence. Also, West Virginia has the dubious distinction of being the only state that doesn’t have laws to protect a woman’s right to breast-feed in either public or private.

3. Arkansas 

In the state that was once known as the Land of Opportunity, there aren’t many opportunities available for women. Women in Arkansas will find it nearly impossible to get an abortion, since only 3% of the state’s counties offer them. And it’s likely they won’t have the funds to travel, as the median income is only $29,148 a year, and 24% don’t have health insurance.

2. Oklahoma

 A woman’s right to choose is also compromised in Oklahoma. (Are you starting to recognize a pattern?) Women wanting to terminate a pregnancy in the Sooner State likely need to travel, as there are only six abortion doctors in the entire region. Once they’ve traveled, they’ll also have to wait a full 24 hours after their first visit to the doctor, where they will only be allowed to have a sonogram and hear details about the fetus. They’ll have to wait until the next day to have the procedure, which their health insurance won’t be covering. There’s also a sizable chance they won’t have health insurance anyway, as 1 in 4 women are without coverage. What’s more, the share of women in the Oklahoma legislature is a pitiful 12.8%, and there are no women in its Congress.

1. Mississippi

And, at last, we come to the worst of all U.S. states for women to live in. Perhaps the female citizenry of Mississippi already suspects this, since 22% of women are impoverished, they earn the lowest average wages in the country, with a median income of $28,879, and college-graduation rates are grim at only 21%. Also, while 68% of Mississippi women are overweight or obese, nearly a quarter of the state’s women have health insurance. With such a depressing state of affairs, is it really any wonder that Mississippi has never had a woman in Congress or as governor — and the state legislature is only 15% female?

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Clearly, Ms. Fluke, whose name was unknown a week ago, has become a symbol – but of what, exactly? It’s useful to listen to people who agree with Rush Limbaugh but who don’t want to sound like him. Writing in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Cathy Cleaver Ruse, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, an arm of the religious right’s “pro-family” movement, said that “Ms. Fluke’s crusade for reproductive justice is simply a demand that a Catholic institution pay for drugs that make it possible for her to have sex without getting pregnant.”

In other words, sex without consequences. And that’s the real issue – deeper than the religious garb in which the debate over access to contraception is clothed. (As an aside, note the canny use of “drugs” rather than “prescription medication.”) While I have no idea whether the 30-year-old Ms. Fluke wants sex at all – she is advocating for a principle on behalf of all women at Georgetown Law School, not just for herself – the right clearly sees her as the embodiment of what it fears in modern American culture, where women are free to indulge themselves and get away with it.

The other side, for its part, has turned Ms. Fluke and the verbal abuse she suffered into a convenient symbol of “the Republican war on women,” as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has labeled it in a series of fund-raising emails. One that landed in my in-box the other day was signed by Billie Jean King, the tennis legend. “Republicans are waging an epic battle against women’s health care choices,” it read.

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