Judge orders Louisiana to continue funding Planned Parenthood

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Arkansas asks judge to not expand Planned Parenthood case.

REUTERS: A Louisiana judge issued an order on Thursday blocking attempts to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, finding that more than 5,000 low-income patients would lose access to healthcare including cancer screenings and gynecology exams. A federal judge ordered Alabama to restore Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, money the state tried to cut off in the wake of undercover videos shot by abortion opponents.

In the past I’ve found myself in all the predictable places — among a list of doctors who graduated from my residency program, on my employer’s Web site, in various social-media posts. Dennis Sullivan laid out key observations about the latest undercover Planned Parenthood video, taking aim at what he called “callousness and indifference” and explaining why he’s left with the “unavoidable conclusion” that some fetuses might be “born alive.” The key question surrounding the 11th video that was released this week by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group, surrounds whether Dr. Bobby Jindal said that every American should have skin in the game when it comes to paying federal taxes and that he will push for that if elected president. A Medicaid recipient, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, who received her birth control injection at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Alabama, joined the organization in suing the state days after Gov. District Judge John deGravelles’ order Thursday was an injunction that, in effect, extends a temporary order he issued last week protecting funding for 14 days.

Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican candidate for president, moved to strip the group’s funding this summer after the release of secretly recorded videos about how Planned Parenthood handles the tissue of aborted fetuses. Dermish is seen in the video seemingly describing how she sometimes turns a baby beech — a position in which the fetus emerges feet-first rather than head-first — during abortion procedures. “I can if I need to. Jindal said during the undercard GOP presidential debate hosted by CNBC Wednesday that some of his rivals — including Donald Trump — have been wrong to put forward tax plans that eliminate the tax liability for millions of Americans. “I think everybody should pay something,” Mr. Louisiana was the first of three Southern states to announce plans to end its contract with the organization to provide medical services to low-income residents. Staci Fox, the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Southeast, called the ruling “a victory for the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for quality, compassionate affordable health care.”

Baker earlier this month issued a preliminary injunction requiring Arkansas to pay Medicaid claims for three Planned Parenthood patients who are unidentified plaintiffs in the case, a decision that allowed the state to ban the funding in other circumstances. Jindal has vowed to challenge the judge’s order in a federal appeals court. “We will appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit and we are confident that the court will reverse this ruling,” his office said in a statement.

Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, in the first undercover video with those made by Dermish in this new clip; Sullivan had previously wondered whether Nucatola, too, was discussing partial-birth abortions. “So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex, because when it’s vertex presentation, you never have enough dilation at the beginning of the case, unless you have real, huge amount of dilation to deliver an intact calvarium. Unfortunately, my experience is not the exception among my colleagues who perform what the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled is a legal medical procedure in all 50 states. Planned Parenthood has denied the videos show wrongdoing and challenged similar defunding efforts in other Republican-controlled states, calling them politically motivated.

Before I moved my practice to D.C., I worked in a family-planning clinic in Minnesota, where security guards had to escort doctors, nurses and other employees from our cars while anti-choice extremists wrote down our license plate numbers and took photographs. If true, this is a clear violation of federal law.” As far as the discussion about making a fetus breech to make it easier to complete an abortion, Sullivan said that, legally speaking, it could be appropriate if the baby is already deceased. “Dr. This extraordinary level of security is simply not necessary at any other kind of medical facility, because this kind of abusive behavior doesn’t happen in other fields. Dermish comes very close to admitting that she wants to get an ‘intact calvarium,’ though she has not yet,” he said. “It seems to me that her goal is to perform an illegal act.

I believe physicians must engage in public discourse wherever it is happening, and we must be voices for evidence-based medicine both in and out of the office. There is still an incredible amount of stigma surrounding abortion and other reproductive health issues, and I hope that doctors’ willingness to share their stories will help women feel empowered to share theirs.

The people who harass me and other doctors tell me that I have blood on my hands, that “Satan awaits” me and that I will get what I “deserve” for providing a constitutionally protected, necessary medical service. Nucatola, they make the case that they perform partial-birth abortions appear stronger.” In the end, he said that the “heavy handed editing” hurts the impact of the videos, though flatly dismissing statements shown by the doctors, he believes, is also an inappropriate approach.

When I am out in public, I remain intensely aware of my surroundings: Every time I turn the ignition key in my car, there’s a fraction of a second of panic that someone may have planted a bomb. The threats can be vague (“I hope someone does to you what you do to babies”) or terrifyingly specific (“I know where you live, and someday I might show up at your doorstep”). But they should not exist at all — especially not as a response to trained, committed health-care professionals providing a legal, essential service that (by some estimates) 1 in 3 women will obtain during their lifetimes.

Last year, a survey conducted for the Feminist Majority Foundation found that nearly 20 percent of clinics have been subject to the most severe types of anti-abortion violence, including stalking, facility invasions and blockades. In addition to medical school and OB-GYN residency, family-planning specialists have fellowship training that includes years of in-depth instruction on how to provide all methods of abortion care safely and effectively. National advocacy organizations have had to develop curricula to address security issues (the National Abortion Federation began offering seminars in risk management 35 years ago).

These women deserve empathetic, respectful care — which is what my colleagues and I have studied and practiced for years to give them — not judgement, and not violence. Targeting clinics also prevents women from getting other essential medical services, from cancer screenings to ultrasounds to sexually transmitted-infection testing and treatment. I chose to become an abortion provider because I respect the autonomy of women, and I trust them to decide what’s best for themselves and their families. Americans of good conscience can disagree about the morality of abortion, but we should all agree that no physicians ought to be terrorized for doing their jobs.

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