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Planned Parenthood announced on Wednesday that four of its clinics in Iowa will close, thanks to legislation passed in March that prevents clinics that provide abortions from getting Medicaid reimbursements. The centers that are closing are located in Bettendorf, Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, leaving only eight Planned Parenthood clinics in the entire state.

Why? Because idiots in their state legislature have literally no idea how non-profits and medical billing works, and insist that allowing Medicaid reimbursements somehow “frees up” money for abortions. Which is not at all how anything works, for any reason. Even if they really, really wanted to, that would not be a thing they could actually do. Providers make less money when they accept Medicaid than they do taking private insurance, which is why most ob-gyns do not accept it.

Given the fact that these women already have so few options when it comes to finding doctors that will accept Medicaid, it sure is gross to cut them off from providers that will.

Back in April, Donald Trump signed legislation allowing states to choose to “defund” Planned Parenthood if they wish to do so. The state of Iowa is now going to be the testing ground to see how well that works. It is not likely to be too pretty.

Those who support the bill are, naturally, trying to insist that this will actually be a fabulous thing for women.

“I would say this is fantastic news for women and families in the state of Iowa,” remarked Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for Life. “We would say the services and care provided by Planned Parenthood in the state of Iowa were not what women and families deserved. We have said from the very beginning that there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”

Is she somehow claiming that women were forced to go to Planned Parenthood, against their will, even though there were “many other qualified health centers?” I’m pretty certain there were not.

Jenifer Bowen, a spokeswoman for Iowa Right to Life, remarked, “The reallocation of our tax dollars, away from the abortion industry and into the hands of true health care facilities, will only empower more Iowa women.”

THE WORD EMPOWER IS NOT MAGIC. Saying it does not mean that something is actually good or empowering. In what way does giving women fewer health care options empower them? Empower them to do what, exactly?

If those centers were so great, why were women choosing to go to Planned Parenthood instead? Why did the four Planned Parenthood clinics that are closing service approximately 14,600 people in the last three years? Is it perhaps because many of the centers touted by the Iowa Right to Life don’t have the equipment or knowledge to provide the same family planning services that Planned Parenthood does? (At least we haven’t seen any Iowans declaring women can get their family planning at elementary schools, or the dentist. Small mercies!) Or because those centers are already full-up on patients? Yes! It seems like that is the case.

At least according to what Ron Kemp, the CEO of Community Health Centers of Southeast Iowa (one of the “health centers” that women who previously went to Planned Parenthood are supposed to go to now), told The Atlantic:

“We have some capacity,” he told me, cautiously. “We don’t know the funding volume, we don’t even know all the equipment, but we’re committed to do that.” Accepting an influx of new patients seeking pelvic and breast exams, as well as contraceptives like IUDs and implants, will require new equipment and an evaluation of provider capabilities and specialization, Kemp said. “We’ll figure out a way to adapt, and expand capacity if that’s what comes in the door… sometimes that takes longer than we would like it to.”

Additionally, when Elaine Godfrey of The Atlantic called these centers, she found that getting an appointment with them was significantly more tricky than getting an appointment at Planned Parenthood:

In Council Bluffs, the federally qualified All Care Health Center has one family-planning provider working only on Fridays. The local Planned Parenthood is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The earliest appointment at Eastern Iowa Health Center in Cedar Rapids was two weeks away, and at Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City, a new patient wanting an IUD might have to wait about a month. Both the Cedar Rapids and Sioux City Planned Parenthoods had same-day appointments for all of those services.

It’s probably going to be even more difficult to get an appointment at these places now that everyone who was going to the four Planned Parenthood clinics will be trying to get one as well. It sure is weird that none of these Republicans who are so very passionate about defunding Planned Parenthood sought to find out how Medicaid works, or to find out if the health centers they think people can go to instead can actually accommodate that many new customers for family planning services, huh? You would think they might have checked in about that, but alas. They are not that swift.

While Iowa will be the first state to defund Planned Parenthood under the new legislation, they won’t be the first to have defunded it, period. When Texas cut funds to Planned Parenthood back in 2011, the result was pretty much a disaster. Women who wanted IUDs and injectable contraceptives found themselves unable to get them. Pregnancy rates among low-income women who had lost access to Planned Parenthood increased by 27%.

So Iowa has that to look forward to. That should be fun for them!

[Des Moines Register | The Atlantic]

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  • Cogswell

    Idiots Out Wandering Around

  • MynameisBlarney

    Golly…it’s almost as if republicans hate women or something.

    • TJ Barke

      They hate everything that’s not rich white men. They might tolerate you if you’re at least two of those things.

    • Cogswell

      Perhaps they will put their hate and misogyny to good use and stop breeding.

    • C4TWOMAN

      No just the poor, the blahs and the uppity ones.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Chadwells

    Fuck. Iowa.

    I don’t even like driving through that state. Nothing but corn and meth heads. You can have it.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      Not heaven, then?

    • Master Contrail Program

      You forgot the pig farms.

      ETA: Ahh, looking below I see you haven’t. Carry on.

  • C4TWOMAN

    We have said from the very beginning that
    there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide
    comprehensive health care for women.”

    Great. Maybe these braintrusts would like to publish a comprehensive list of affordable alternatives instead of grandstanding to their base.
    Waiting…

  • memzilla Ω

    It’s Not About Abortion, It’s About Power And Control Over Women, Episode 3,450,729,403,210h fuck I ran out of numbers.

  • BearGHAZI

    This shit is empowering me to get high. Good thing I live in Seattle

    • katkelly57

      I hear ya…on my way to the Lake City Way Greenworks soonly.

      • h4rr4r

        I hate both of you.

        • Oblios_Cap

          I get it the old-fashioned way.

        • katkelly57

          Take a vacation here or Oregon…..the weather is beeeeeeeeeeeutiful today!
          (and the rest of the week)

        • katkelly57

          Hey h4, it was my lucky day…25% off anniversary promo AND free food!
          Wooohoooo!

          I brought home half a sub for ya too.
          ;p

          • h4rr4r

            I so have to take a vacation. Gotta wait until kiddo is a little older.

  • Oblios_Cap
  • Chadwells

    I also had a .25 automatic almost backfire in my face while in Cedar Rapids, Iowa….don’t ask. So I have no good memories of that place. Fuck that place.

  • katkelly57

    I guess what my friend from Iowa said is true…
    IOWA…Idiots Out Walking Around.

  • calliecallie

    It’s basic economics, see? If Texas defunds planned parenthood and the pragnancy rate among low income women increases 27%, that’s more babies being borned every year. Babies are big business. They need diapers and clothes and food and stuff. And then they grow up and buy things themselves. It doesn’t matter that they grew up poor and some of them are no doubt brown and will probably vote Democrat one day. Wait, what?

    • C4TWOMAN

      What about the bit that, due to few opportunities they turn to crime, end up in the prison system or are in some other way less than productive for society? Or is all the prison labor worth it?

      • TJ Barke

        More babies is more people to exploit and use one day.

      • theblackdog

        Why do you think privatizing prisons is such a big thing? MOAR MONEYZ!

    • UnsaltedSinner

      But they won’t have healthcare once they’re born, so that should reduce their numbers somewhat.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    Can anyone possibly explain to these idiots that closing down clinics that provide cancer screenings is not actually pro-life?

    • BosGrl

      Anti-choice is a cult. They don’t care.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        I know. I’m just pissed off. And these women are the. Worst.

  • Nockular cavity

    When Texas cut funds to Planned Parenthood back in 2011, the result was pretty much a disaster.

    This time it’s really gonna work!

  • anwisok

    Poor, uneducated, barefoot & pregnant. That’s what they want for women, and this helps them get there. Here’s something to help sooth that stabbity feeling you’re getting:
    http://www.theloudlaugh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Baby-Duck.jpg
    http://winkgo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/29-Tiny-Baby-Animals-so-Cute-They-Will-Take-Your-Cares-Away-22.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/7vliUbr.gif
    http://withleaves.blogas.lt/files/2016/04/zen_foxii.jpg

    • BosGrl

      Yes. That’s it exactly. Back to the kitchen womens!

  • Chadwells

    Off topic question for you legal pros about the Assange thing…the charges were dropped but that doesn’t mean the case is closed…correct?

    • BosGrl

      I read where they could reopen it within whatever Sweden’s statute of limitations is.

      • Chadwells

        Perfect! Thank you!

      • therblig

        i heard 2020 this morning.

        • Shanzgood

          So did I.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      They’ve dropped the less serious charges, but the rape case is still technically open. It’s basically an acknowledgement that Assange’s flight has made it impossible to investigate the case.

      • Chadwells

        Awesome!Thank you!

  • I am beginning to think that these “right to life” women would do well to hook up with some of those “red pill” men.

    • BosGrl

      They are worse than the red pill guys.

      • C4TWOMAN

        I’d say it’s just a different flavor of horrible…

        • BosGrl

          Definitely, but women stepping on women gives me a rage headache.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Yeh, that’s the hypocrisy aspect. Like Phyliss Schaffly telling women to stay it the home. Great, please walk your talk….please.

            One of the few things I think aged well in Atwood’s work was the fate of Serena(sp?) who agitated for women to obey their husbands and was less than happy with living in her religious paradise. Whoops.

          • therblig

            does any grass grow on schaffly’s grave, what with all the piss.

    • Nockular cavity

      “No, they’re not 10s. I deserve a 10!”

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Great, the kids will be born with four right limbs.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Children are the future. In this case, a horrible, dystopian future.

      • therblig

        or perhaps a delicious, well marbled, protein rich future.

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          Modest Proposal libelz!1!

    • C4TWOMAN

      That would be another horrible and hilarious sit com:

      “You’re supposed to obey me! You said you believed in subjugating yourself to a man!”
      “A man who brings home the bacon, not spends all day on thhe Internet arguing with feminazis! When are we going to move out of your mum’s basement?”

      I’d watch this.

      • Edith Prickly

        I’m going a little OT here, but for years I have wanted someone to remake The Stepford Wives with Stepford as an exclusive gated community for families that want to live the “traditional” right-wing fever dream life. The main character would be a Suzanne Venker type who has made a career out of telling other women they should be happy to be stay-at-home baby machines and decides to move there to burnish her anti-feminist credentials – then finds out what it’s really like to live under those conditions. The final solution for ensuring compliant women can stay the same as the original.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Alla sorts of entertainment value there.

    • Natalie

      Who else would have them? I can totally see them taking up religion to get laid, and being all bitter they could fit right in. They already have the (false) superiority complex.

  • BosGrl

    The campaign to put women back in their place is really starting to take off! It should surely save money and lives when women present to emergency rooms with late stage breast and ovarian cancer.

    • disqus_rtodtp4unH

      Probably gives them wood just thinking about all the damage they are doing.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “For fuck’s sake, The Handmaid’s Tale was supposed to be a warning, not a blueprint!”

    – Margaret Atwood

  • Oblios_Cap

    Too much exposure to corn sure does some odd things to people.

  • Mpeg

    Fearless, cheerless lawmakers keepin the “OW” in Iowa~

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The Forced Birthers are ignoramuses of the first order.

  • Master Contrail Program

    I’m from Iowa, though I left when I was two. This is a state that, despite its cornfed reputation, had actually been rather progressive about its legislation. A state that took tremendous pride in the lofty ranking of its public school system.

    The cancer of Republicanism has metastasized at an alarming rate. I’m not sure how much longer the body politic has left at the rate it’s spreading.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Well, if it had gone for a timely screening at its local clinic….

    • Oblios_Cap

      They took over a the local level everywhere, and then burst forth like a squeezed pimple on the ass of America.

      • Master Contrail Program

        They are a carbuncle for sure.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      And this is why every election matters. Not just the “big” ones. Everything down to the pool board and the general improvement district race. That’s how they start.

      • sarafina

        Yes, that’s how the Rs took over. Why are the Dems so slow in learning this?

        By the way, I think you meant ‘school’ not ‘pool’ board.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          Some places have municipal pool boards – the county where I grew up has one. Strange, I know.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I grew up in Wisconsin, I feel your frustration.

  • mardam422

    I’m personally going to move to Iowa. I’m going to knock up every farmer’s daughter in the state. Then we’ll see how many of those right to lifers are true to their beliefs.

  • theblackdog

    Even though Iowa will be looking forward to an increase in unintended pregnancy, they’ll fix that by introducing a bill to prevent those women from getting any kind of assistance unless they get married or they find a job.

    • TJ Barke

      If we make the poor and unfortunate suffer, they’ll just stop being poor and unfortunate, right?

      • BosGrl

        Poverty is a choice!

      • Bobathonic

        Mother Teresa says suffering makes them Better People.

      • theblackdog

        If you’re a republican that’s totally how it works! Their parents or grandparents suffered but they’re not poor anymore.

      • UnsaltedSinner

        The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    • BosGrl

      Of course, if they do get a job they’ll need child care and if they can’t afford that… so basically, just get married.

      • theblackdog

        Also known as “Get on the Right Side of God you Heathen Slut” plan.

      • Ms.Moon

        But marriage doesn’t guarantee everything my maternal grandparents were married and my grandfather left my grandmother with four small children and got in the wind never to return to their family.

        • BosGrl

          I’m sorry about that :(. I was being sarcastic, though. GOP wants us barefoot and pregnant and without options.

          • Ms.Moon

            I know but for so many women getting married might be the only other option and many will not have the option to get out of a bad marriage either. The face of poverty is female because we usually get the child raising to do as well as work and women who work just are not given the support we need in this society.

          • BosGrl

            Amen.

          • disqus_rtodtp4unH

            And they are so nakedly obvious about it.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Delonas doesn’t usually draw such delightfully cheery cartoons!

    • disqus_rtodtp4unH

      Thank you for that, it is the first time I have smiled in days.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Glad to be of assistance.

        • Natalie

          I am totally stealing that meme as well.

  • Shanzgood

    When Texas cut funds to Planned Parenthood back in 2011, the result was pretty much a disaster. Women who wanted IUDs and injectable contraceptives found themselves unable to get them. Pregnancy rates among low-income women who had lost access to Planned Parenthood increased by 27%.

    And the maternal mortality rate skyrocket.

    Nice job, Iowa. More women are going to die. But at least they’ll be “empowered” first.

    Assholes.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Taking away contraception services is a feature, not a bug, for these assholes.

    • jesterpunk

      But how else can they punish women? I am pretty convinced that is their entire goal punishing women, its the only thing that makes sense with what republicans are doing.

      • Shanzgood

        It punishes whole families and communities as well, not just women. Women just get blamed for it for not keeping their legs closed.

        • jesterpunk

          They dont think that far ahead.

          • Shanzgood

            Maybe not most individuals who claim to be against PPH but…policy makers? I’d bet they do.

      • NotReallyHere

        The republicans are perfectly happy to make women martyrs to their own ideology, and they just don’t understand why all women are not happy about it also.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    “if that’s what comes in the door”

    Such a tactful way of stating it. “Hey, look what the cat dragged in – another poor slut!”

    • H0mer0

      my cat didn’t drag me in. I went willingly!

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    “The reallocation of our tax dollars, away from the abortion industry and into the hands of true health care facilities.”

    One more time, because you seem to be a bit slow on the uptake:
    Tax. Dollars. Cannot. Be. Spent. On. Abortion.

    • Shanzgood

      They’re using the “money is fungible” argument.

      • Bobathonic

        Funny, they ignore that for the WH Office Of Faith Based Bribery.

      • UnsaltedSinner

        Of course, by that logic, they should ban money altogether.

        • Nockular cavity

          Yeah. It means every dollar you’ve ever had has paid for every horrible thing there is.

          Or more, in my case.

      • Oblios_Cap

        It is? Do I need to wear some protection?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Funny that people who don’t want to finance wars don’t have this option, and they are shunned for it…but they’re ACTUALLY pro-life, not forced-birth.

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Well, funge them!

        • Shanzgood

          In the ear!

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        They must have been doing the bad fungi then.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Coming to a theater near you in 2018: Fetuses of the Corn.

  • Me The People

    As Rose Kennedy said, If men could have babies, abortion would be a sacrament. In that version of the world, the baby would not die, but be re-angelified, bringing grace and blessings to everyone involved.

    • Weirdly, a lot of the forced-birthers think that’s what happens anyway, so they’re literally trying to damn babies to Hell.

  • TJ Barke

    Meanwhile, new episode of Handmaid’s Tale up, dunno if I can handle it right now. I might go on an axe rampage.

    • MizzMazz

      It’s hard to watch, isn’t it? The book was bad enough, but having it right up in your face…

  • rocktonsam

    if only Donald’s folks had planned parenthood.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    DeWitte and Bowen bring me perilously close to violating the commenting rules. What ghastly women.

    • Dutchman

      It’s stabby doody time..
      It’ stabby doody time…

      Oh hell who am I kidding….It’s stabby time bitches

  • Mpeg

    Guns and ammo OTOH will be sanctioned at state clinics everywheres, alongside this faux-sanctimonious hardlining.
    Bonus if the one you’re carrying also carries: http://www.hrgiger.com/images/baby.jpg

  • MynameisBlarney
    • MynameisBlarney

      That puppeh is all like, “you think this shit is a game?”

      • MizzMazz

        “Imma get you later for this.”

        • JustDon’tSaySurety

          In a closet somewhere, there is a slipper with a puppy poo in it.

  • Chadwells
    • WomanInThePersistence

      Definitely not good.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      And people wonder why I predict human extinction in the near-term.

      • Chadwells

        I say and feel the same thing. In fact, the thought actually allows me to sleep at night.

        The whole virus analogy. Earth is a body being invaded by the human virus. The earth is just protecting itself and repelling said virus. The earth will live on….humans, not so much. At least until we het our shit together.

        The dinosaurs were repeatedly wiped out….so it seems inevitable that we will as well. There is an odd comfort in that.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          *nods* The flaw in the human species runs deep, and we seem to be unable to learn the most basic lessons. The Earth shall abide, and life shall go on.

        • MizzMazz

          One of my Indigenous friends would refer to humans on the Earth as fleas on a dog, and a good shake would be all it takes. I don’t want to die this very minute, but with the looks of things, I don’t really think we deserve to live.

          • LucindathePook

            Went to a ranger/naturalist type thing at Pismo State Beach in Calif. when we were camping there. The subject: Don’t kill your rat, explaining how we were vermin on the earth rat and had to be careful not to take too much or we’d kill it.

          • MizzMazz

            Remember when we were taught to walk softly and pack in what we brought with us. I am getting depressed over what no one remembers, or never bothered to learn in the first place. No one cares, and it you do, you’re a fucking snowflake or something. I’m getting very angry, and have to step away for a while.

          • Chadwells

            It’s certainly not looking good for version 1.0 of humankind. Hopefully the next version will do a better job than we have.

      • SeeTrain65
    • UnsaltedSinner

      Doh!

    • Pre-existing Ugly Dude

      I give up. What’s Amazon’s all-time profits?

      • Chadwells

        LOL! Thank baby jeebus that someone finally understood what I was talking about!!! Who cares about damn seeds!!

  • William

    I will never for the life of me understand the logic, or lack of therein that motivates these people. The anti abortion crowd simply cannot understand that the most effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancies is via planned parenthood. Roe V Wade is law, so one would think the right would do everything in their power to fund PP. Some cigar chomping drug addict tells them via AM radio that planned parenthood is one big assembly line abortion factory and they believe it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/941f64780112cb4a803e4faa9483875f9d7cabe748892da130d3fa204883f420.jpg

    • Master Contrail Program

      One of the saddest realities of 21st Century America is that the greatest communication and information dispersal tool in human history has instead been used to triple down on most people’s pre-conceived notions and idiocy.

      I’m not exactly sure how we vote that out.

      • William

        I don’t think we can vote it out that easily. I think it needs to be disposed of via an educated populace . This entire situation explains why the right is so venomously apposed to education. The less people can reason for themselves the greater the right wing influence. a few decades ago, the notion that a U S President was invading a state (remember Jade Helm) would have been viewed as science fiction. “I love the poorly educated”, was likely the most profound utterance to ever drop from the maw of Cheeto-shithead.

    • cats530

      “77 percent of anti-abortion leaders are men,100 percent of them
      will never be pregnant.” – Planned Parenthood slogan

  • kindness

    It’s odd. I grew up in a very Republican family in the suburbs of NY. Everyone supported a woman’s right to choose and while they didn’t love abortion thought it was no one’s business besides the woman. Now days Republicans uniformly hate a woman’s right to choose and even many forms of birth control.

    • therblig

      the plutocratic republicans (who can afford abortions anywhere they’re legal) don’t really give a shit, but it’s in their interest to “support” the bible-belting-bovines in their quest for an american theocracy since it brings in (R) votes. and the dumbfucks don’t even realize they’ll be thrown under the bus in favor of profits. fuck them.

      • Master Contrail Program

        The whole philosophy is a house of cards predicated on hatred and fear of an ever-shifting other. Too bad the ones who buy in never realize they’ll be one of those others at some point.

        • cats530

          Yes, an “ever-shifting other” or an “enemy du jour.”

          What Bush followers crave more than anything
          else is submission to a powerful authority as a means of alleviating their fears of ambiguity, certainty and complexity… the characteristic which defines the Bush movement, the glue which binds it together and enables and fuels all of the abuses, is the vicious, limitless methods used to attack and demonize the “Enemy,” which encompasses anyone-foreign or domestic-threatening to their movement. What defines and motivates this movement are not any political ideas or strategic objectives, but instead, it is the bloodthirsty, ritualistic attacks on the Enemy du jour – the Terrorist, the Communist, the Illegal Immigrant, the Secularist, and most of all, the “Liberal.” – Glenn Greenwald

          • disqus_rtodtp4unH

            ‘Who are we at war with today?’ George Orwell’s 1984.

        • SeeTrain65

          Charlie Pierce said the same recently.

          They need a convenient “Them” who aren’t as worthy as “Us.”

    • C4TWOMAN

      And on the other side when I was growing up the rural country was full of gun toting, hunting, democrat farmer/wilderness types. They weren’t isolated individuals worried about their lunatic Republican neighbors, because they weren’t lunatics. They just disagreed about Viet Nam and Kennedy.

      What the hell happened? I am very annoyed the country/wilderness areas are considered Red State Lands these days.

      Fuck that. Gun totting hippy coming through!

    • William

      It’s not about respect for life, it’s about control. If the GOP really cared about life, they would fund health care and feed the hungry. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de7e70c4f33321d0ad7fa0e94f7e2a24e0728b6a93b21993fd54f8a54e9d9081.jpg

      • disqus_rtodtp4unH

        And punishing women for having sex.

        • RazorBack

          “And punishing women for having sex” when they want, how they want, where they want, as much as they want with guys (and girls) THAT ARE NOT THEM.

          FTFY

          • Natalie

            Well said and oh too true. Every thread I read on FB about PP has drooling gullible lunatics who are slut-shaming all the women. Sanctimonious pricks, and the woman are worse, if that is possible. (and usually well past the age of reproducing.)

    • Shanzgood

      It’s part of their party platform of geting as many people as possible to fail in life.

      • disqus_rtodtp4unH

        Sadly, it is true, how else would they get their uninformed voters.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Abortion was *not* originally a Republican thing. It got grafted on when social conservatives took over the party. Originally opposition was mostly from Catholics and Orthodox Jews (as I recall), and they were mostly Democrats. And that opposition was about on a par with opposition among all Americans. The social conservatives took this up (I think Neuhaus expounded on it), but for most it had been some kind of Papist thing.

      • William

        I like to remind my conservative friends that Roe V Wade was decided by a largely conservative court, and that planned parenthood funding was facilitated by Richard Nixon. washttps://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7615ff9b22a2765e972e769f451834c9a6be03f2c8b0bfd2784643df2278f379.jpg

    • yup me too (well suburb of chicago but mostly republican).

      no one was socially conservative.

  • therblig

    no comment. too stabby.

  • Chadwells

    Radom thought about the Times Sq. craziness yesterday:

    There is still a Planet Hollywood open? I thought they went out of business years ago.

  • William

    If they really wanted abortion clinics to go under they could have saved a lot of time and just put the Trump name on the building.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Bah! Women don’t need doctoring and medical exams and such. Those tough women who gave birth to babies as they marched westward through what is now Bumfuq, Iowa, didn’t get all that care. They just pushed out the kidlet and kept on marching. Cholera? Just a scratch. Preemies? Sepsis? Survival of the fittest. That’s what made Iowa an acronym for Idiots Out Wandering Around and a lab experiment in cruelty.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I have it on good authority that Bumfuq is in Egypt, not Iowa. Although it’s really hard to tell…

      • Dudleydidwrong

        You mean the “Egypt” that’s allegedly part of southern Illinois, or that other “Egypt” that nobody gives a rat’s ass about until it goes into full riot mode?

  • onedollarjuana

    I spent the shittiest night of my life in Iowa. Literally. We camped downwind of a factory pig farm. I could feel the smell go in an out of my nose.

  • MizzMazz

    “I would say this is fantastic news for
    women and families in the state of Iowa,” remarked Maggie DeWitte,
    executive director of Iowans for Life. “We would say the services and
    care provided by Planned Parenthood in the state of Iowa were not what
    women and families deserved. We have said from the very beginning that
    there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide
    comprehensive health care for women.”

    Evil Scumbag. No such centers exist, and in my ‘liberal’ California town the protesters tried to say this shit to my face when I was walking home from the mechanic in front of our own PP. Bunch of bullshit, and I taunted them with pulling my checkbook out, “And another donation to Planned Parenthood!”

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Okay, there are “many, many other qualified health centers”, Ms. DeWitte?
      Name them.

      • MizzMazz

        When I asked these protestors, they couldn’t name a one.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          I’m simply shocked. Shocked.

          • MizzMazz

            This is my shocked face (insert pic here)

      • sarafina

        In Texas said health centers are called dentists’ offices.

    • Shanzgood

      There are frequently protesters in front of the PPH clinic near my house and that clinic doesn’t even DO abortions. Then again, the OR headquarters is directly across the street from it as well.

      • MizzMazz

        It’s just fucking healthcare, for fucks sake! I have to see them every day if I want to go into town, and I want to do things that aren’t allowed here in the non-comments. I’m just getting so bent, I should probably back off, and continue to listen to CoF, and get my aggression out.

        • Shanzgood

          They protest on my street as well because my neighbor works at South Wind Women’s Center where they DO provide abortion services. SWWC is located in Dr. Tiller’s old premises.

          • Natalie

            I used to volunteer as an ‘escort’ at the local clinic. You would carry an open umbrella to shield a woman from the vocal protesters, as they exited their car to walk into the clinic.
            The ignorance of the protesters is unbelievable. I overheard one yelling “That’s where they take your baby away!” While pointing at an office supply truck making a delivery, not, as was said a pick-up.
            I also could not help but notice they abuse their children, often making them carry signs in the hot Florida sun.
            Not to mention the majority of them are well past the age of reproduction thus will never use said procedure, but want to take it away from “others”.

          • Shanzgood

            Yeah, the ones around here are usually older white dudes.

          • Natalie

            If you ever really look at the protesters, they are not what I would call attractive people. All that hate affects your looks.

  • cats530

    Here in California, one of our legislators is trying to get a Pro-Choice vanity license plate bill passed. A portion of the sales would benefit PP. While I am staunchly pro-choice, I hesitate to get one of these plates, as I don’t want my car to be a moving target for these violent religious freaks who oppose abortion. Worse yet, one of them could follow me home. It always seems to be the 50+ white males who are opposed to abortion and believe they have the right to cram their opinions down everyone else’s throat or feel justified in their violence against abortion clinics or those who support a woman’s right to choose. One of the forced-birthers was on TV temper tantruming about this plate. I thought to myself: No one is forcing you to buy one, loser.

    • MizzMazz

      Good move. Nut-jobs have no problem vandalizing cars with stickers they don’t like.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I would just give the money directly to PP, the intentions might be good, but nothing good can come of this. Well, a few bucks to PP which good, but I’d rather cut out the middleman.

    • keenanjay

      License plates are like a abortions. Don’t want one, don’t get one.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Vanity plates are always wrong.

      • cats530

        Lol – some of them are really dumb.

  • canes_pugnaces

    It’s ok, GOP women don’t get sick. They’re all rich with gold-plated polices. GOP women in Iowa, especially, are mostly the wives or daughters of maybe-billionaires without a care in world. They don’t need schools ’cause their kids go to private schools. And they voted republican because of all this.

    Pardon me if I don’t care what happens to red states.

    • SnarkON

      Fuck the red states.

    • onedollarjuana

      “It’s ok, GOP women don’t get sick.” And they don’t get abortions. Oh, that’s right. They do!

  • William

    So lets review kids.
    1. The pro-lifers took the money away from the organization that provides contraception, thus preventing unwanted pregnancies.
    2. um….I got nothing else.

    • SnarkON

      Please use “anti-choice” or “pro forced birth” instead of “pro-life.”

      • cats530

        How about right wing authoritarian nut job. That works too, but it is rather lengthy.

        • Natalie

          But accurate nonetheless.

  • William
    • sarafina

      Now if only McCain would stop voting in lock-step with the current so-called president.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    All of this is what happens when you let goddamn children run shit. I am sick to death of all the loathing piled on people with actual experience and “insiders” or “career politicians” because nobody says “career doctors are the worst” or “insider nuclear physicists are corrupt”. FFS!

    Sorry, mini rage stroke on this one, so job well done, Robyn! ;)

  • Rick Hill

    Didn’t texas just realize the huge costs it accrued from losing PP?

    • mancityRed6

      the costs have been realized, just not by the idiots in charge.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    Breaking news, NYTimes. No real link yet, but they have this exact text on their page.

    Breaking News: President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office
    that James Comey’s firing relieved “great pressure,” calling him a “nut
    job.”

    Adding link now.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

    “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      A third government official briefed on the meeting defended the
      president, saying Mr. Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told
      Mr. Lavrov about the “pressure” he was under. The idea, the official
      suggested, was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials
      and to coax concessions out of Mr. Lavrov — on Syria, Ukraine and other
      issues — by saying that Russian meddling in last year’s election had
      created enormous political problems for Mr. Trump.

      offs

    • mfp

      so….mike flynn is a ‘patriot’ and a ‘great guy’, but jim comey is a ‘real nut job’……..ok, then

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Well, 45’s grade for “great guy” seems to always include criminals. At least Flynn’s not (allegedly) a sexual predator, like noted “great guys” RIPAiles and O’reilly.

        • sarafina

          So will Trump’s administration beat Reagan’s in Number of Administration Members found guilt of felonies and/or other illegal activities?

          • disqus_rtodtp4unH

            We can dream, they certainly work harder at it.

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            It seems very likely and in record time.

      • Ferroequinologist Ron

        In TrumpWorld, every day is opposite day!

      • H0mer0

        have you met intel people? They have to be nutty to work as a spook.

    • SeeTrain65

      “Yeah, Don fires everyone who doesn’t sign the loyalty oath.”

    • phoenix00
      • Natalie

        I miss Freddie Mercury, he was one of the best voices of our time.

  • SnarkON

    I’m sitting in the safety of my glorious Elite Blue State and thinking, “Good luck with that, you stupid hicks.”

    • cats530

      Me too, sort of. But I do feel a bit sorry for the ones who didn’t vote Rethuglicant. I live in a blue state, but a red county; so I feel the frustration of those who didn’t vote for the shit but have it foisted on them anyway (like I’ve had Tom McClintock foisted on me as my ‘representative’ – because so many people in my county are so goddamn dumb).

    • Old town Urbandale

      And as we say here in Hicksville, “Fuck you.”

      • SnarkON

        I feel like you’d say “fuck y’all.”

        • Old town Urbandale

          Wrong side of the Mason-Dixie line. We don’t sweeten our iced tea, or erect statues to the Lost Cause either.

  • La forza del resistino

    Thanks Iowa. Now I gotta cross the river to Moline to buy my babby parts croutons where the IL sales taxes are higher.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    Speaking of poorly planned families, what is the acceptable number of secret children for a man to have? Asking for a friend.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/062cd80f70317c400ae7ef2e1807662fbdafe246f4dbb14bf388b3cd77d76b2e.png

    • Lambsendbeds

      Three.

    • Natalie

      Depends on your religion. Some don’t even require secrecy.

  • mancityRed6

    “We have said from the very beginning that there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”
    So long as you have real insurance, not this socialist medicaid crap. (unsaid, but that’s what I inferred)

    • There really are not. Even if you have real insurance, there are just not enough medical centers in Iowa which is why PP was so important.

      • mancityRed6

        yeah, but she’s speaking from her own experience. where the magazines in the waiting room are from this month, and each doctor has their own speculum warmer to go with the champagne and fruit tray.

    • mailman27

      I have said from the very beginning that I am the greatest guitar player since Jimi Hendrix. Maybe even better.

  • JackLinks

    Here’s Maggie’s Facebook page!
    https://www.facebook.com/maggie.dewitteiowansforlife

    • Lambsendbeds

      I scrolled down that mess of forced birther bullshit until the projectile vomiting started. I only clicked the linky hoping to see a bunch of comments telling her how far into Hell she could go. Nope, the comments were all “Atta girl, thank Jeebus you are out there saving all the unborn angel babies”.

    • SeeTrain65

      Thanks! Blocking now.

  • Jgb979

    It’s fine, they’ve just raised everyone’s taxes 20% to account for the massive increase in child raising infrastructure to account for all of these new forced births. They’ve just passed two months of mandatory parental leave so that no pregnant woman will think of a baby as a financial death sentence. Furthermore they’ve seen an influx of hundreds of thousands of adoptive parents to care for the still un wanted.

    Oh what’s that you say??

    None of that happened??

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      They’ve also used some of that tax money for comprehensive online sex education so teenagers can choose for themselves how much they want to know and are willing to pay for the expense of being teen moms and forcing the impregnantors to take responsibi… Oh, they haven’t? That’s… That’s unfortunate.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    I’m at Planned Parenthood to get a birth control implant right now because there’s been a problem with my insurance. Let me just say you’d have to pay me enough to get ten implants in cash per month to move to Texas, Iowa, or anywhere else crazy sexist white men would like to tell me how to usey body parts.

  • I lived in Iowa for years. I do note that they ones that are not closing are the ones in the nice white (well, it is mostly all white anyway) wealthier parts of the state.
    Funny how that works.

  • Old town Urbandale

    And, to show how life-loving the good Christian families are in Iowa, a couple in Perry was arrested this week for starving to death their adopted, home-schooled daughter. Second time this has happened in less than a year (note, different families). And the adopted home-schooled daughter in a third family survived because she fled to a nearby convenience store and called the authorities. Yep, they loooooove them babies, at least until they’re born.

  • On the other hand, Iowa Republicans have made fireworks legal again, so plenty more children can get horribly burned. But preventable death and dismemberment is just the price of freedumb.

  • Old town Urbandale

    I hope every patron of the Sioux City Planned Parenthood calls Congressman Steve King’s office seeking advice on their health care and family planning.

  • Old town Urbandale

    Has anyone told Iowa Governor soon-to-be-ambassador-to-China Terry Branstad that China’s a hotbed of ‘bortion and family planning? Maybe he’ll change his mind about going and head the FBI or something instead.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    “We have said from the very beginning that there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”

    “And we will continue to say it, because that Goebbels fellow really knew his social engineering/dipshit exploitation!”

  • Bitter Scribe

    You know how you can put “…in bed” at the end of every Chinese cookie fortune?

    I’ve found that you can put “…in my head” at the end of every utterance of people like Iowa abortion opponents.

    “We have said from the very beginning that there are many, many other qualified health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women in my head.”

    • H0mer0

      “In your head they are still fighting.”

  • Ferroequinologist Ron

    So in the race for the bottom, Iowa is now a contender. Good going, Iowa.

    • Sakonyachen

      They elected a senator who bragged about castrating pigs, there’s nowhere to go but up.

    • sarafina

      So Iowa now joins Florida, Arizona and Texas in this race. At least Iowa has real winters.

    • JohnBull

      With any luck, we’ll be the Mississippi of the Midwest in no time. Except Mississippi doesn’t kill you with its winters.

      • H0mer0

        [or tornados and at least, I’m told, has lovely beaches.]

  • Pregnancy rates among low-income women who had lost access to Planned Parenthood increased by 27%

    Don’t worry Robyn. Using recent history as a guideline I’m sure the state will adequately deal with this by not giving a damn.

    • kloewent

      Don’t forget not providing health care for all the little fetui once they are born! As usual, all these christian nutjobs want to do is stop women from choosing when to have a family. They don’t give one damn about the children after they are born. Once they breathe, they become a pre-existing condition!

  • pgjack

    Christians are a cruel people.

    • Sakonyachen

      Not really. There are just a lot fewer Christians than there are people claiming they are Christians. Religion is a good way to hide your disdain for other’s existence.

      My parents are opposed to abortion, so they collect for and donate to a program that helps women who couldn’t otherwise afford to have children. They provide another option instead of saying, “Should have kept your legs together harlot, now wallow in the gutter with your bastard whelp!”

      It’s almost like there is another way to reduce abortions other than legislating morality.

  • Scooby

    That’s because men don’t give birth. Well, Arnold Schwartzenegger did once but that didn’t get good ratings.

  • Rachel Book Harlot

    Nope, nope. Can’t finish reading this article.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/j23R6BW2X4WnS/giphy.gif

    • H0mer0

      [there’s a fluidity of motion one would not expect out of a steel folding chair. Also like how one of the blue in the chair really sets off the blue in the plaid pattern…]

      Oh, we were talking about how withholding reimbursement for needed services at a non profit was going to “empower” the wimmens to patronize the “profit-driven” clinics, thereby creating PROFIT! /s

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Not to worry. When low-income pregnancies go up, the good citizens of Iowa who just love babies more than anything in the world will gladly accept tax increases to handle the higher costs of taking care of all these children.

  • mailman27

    Pretending that shit doesn’t exist seldom makes it go away.

  • Bigdaddyvike

    The term may not be politically correct, but these people are retarded.

    • sarafina

      Works for me.

  • SeeTrain65

    Typical for a state where so many believe an ear of corn is more valuable than a woman’s life. I should know. I live in one of those states.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    But guys can still get Viagra right? I mean, we have to priorities after all.

    • cats530

      As I often state: “It is my deeply held and sincere religious belief that when the old tallywhacker can no longer rise, it must be gawd swill.”

    • josephebacon

      Now don’t forget the Cialis as well!

  • josephebacon

    Yeah, but they still got Jesus!

    • JohnBull

      Jesus has forsaken Iowa.

      • josephebacon

        Not according to your Senator Joni Ernst! Why she says that if a person can’t afford medical care, they just need to go to a church and beg for help! I’m sure that plenty of churches in Iowa will be glad to do a bake sale or two for tidying someone over in their hour of need!

    • Prolecat

      Yes. They can hold the Bible between their knees. That’s the accepted Christian contraception method, right?

  • “So Iowa has that to look forward to. That should be fun for them!”

    Except the fact is that they *do not care*. This is the longstanding curse of evangelical Christianity, which teaches and encourages contempt for the widow, the orphan and the stranger. That birth rates have gone up in areas where PP has left just proves, to them, that Those People are irresponsible and immoral because the women aren’t as frigid as their own wives.

    • Natalie

      I picture them explaining sex-ed as saying to the females, “Close your eyes and think of Jesus.”

  • nightmoth

    Oh, Maggie with your wilted stinking word salad: “true health care facilities” for women include abortion on the menu. Maybe if we go back to the days of women AND their babies dying in childbirth you would understand this?

  • H0mer0

    I’m “lucky” I don’t need that stuff anymore because I’m auld.

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