TX GOPer: It’s a ‘Myth’ that Planned Parenthood Has Anything to do with Women’s Health

Dan Patrick

Chickens are roosting in Texas, where another male Republican lawmaker has said something really stupid and totally inaccurate about women’s health.

Incumbent Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Texas State Senator Dan Patrick debated in WFAA’s studios Wednesday night for the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor. When when asked about women’s healthcare, Dan Patrick — the senator who wants to be lieutenant governor – said, “Look this is a myth that Planned Parenthood has anything to do with women’s health.”

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Er, okay then. That’s totally not true. Sorta like he just claimed the earth is flat.

But this shouldn’t surprise anyone because last week, this Texas state senator said, “I don’t care if every Planned Parenthood clinic in America goes out of business. In fact, that would be a great goal. More babies would live and women would get great health care from doctors who actually care about them.”

Since Republicans have such an aversion to Google, I’ll help this poor man out. On a national level, Planned Parenthood actually does plenty for women’s health. Such as:

Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 71 percent of our clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood services help prevent more than 486,000 unintended pregnancies each year.

Planned Parenthood provides 585,000 Pap tests and nearly 640,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.

Planned Parenthood provides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.

Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs to more than one million young people and adults each year.

Also, as the Senator should be aware, there is a law that prohibits Planned Parenthood from using government funds for abortion. This law is called the Hyde Amendment and it’s been around a long time, so there’s no excuse for the faux outrage and pretend ignorance over its existence. After all, Senators make law. That’s their job. So it would behoove them to understand existing law, and it’s a fair expectation of them by the public, since they are being paid to draft legislation and make laws.

Lastly, the very thing that Planned Parenthood does in preventing pregnancies is the number one way of reducing abortion rates. It’s tough to understand Republicans who claim to be against abortion but spend all of their time defunding the one institution that for sure reduces the rate of abortion in this country. Yes, it’s true Dorothy, it’s hard to need an abortion when you prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

This disconnect can’t keep going on forever without Republicans having to own that they are not actually interested in reducing abortions at all, or they’d have done something when they had the power to do so. No, what they are interested in is a few things: 1) A tool to activate the base to vote and get the base to donate money and b) A way to keep women in their place, especially poor and vulnerable women, who make great prey for the predatory minded.

Republicans refused to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for a year, and instead offered up a version that was so egregious as to be fairly called the pro-Violence Against Women Act. They have worked hard to give rapists more power over the women they rape.

Texas Republicans like Senator Patrick reject medical knowledge and information as well as facts, and then expect Texas women to let them make medical decisions for them and their families. That’s like letting this guy, with his B.A. in English, operate on you because he’s a state senator.

Texas Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Lisa Paul wasn’t going to let Dan Patrick blindly insert himself into women’s healthcare yet again, “Texas women are appalled by Dan Patrick’s deplorable statements on women’s health care providers. 158,345 Texans received preventative health care at Planned Parenthood in 2013. Republicans still don’t get it: just trust Texas women. Republicans need to trust us to make our own choices, to consult with our families and our doctors. Dan Patrick doesn’t trust Texas women, so Texas women can’t trust Dan Patrick as Lt. Governor.”

158,345 Texans received preventative health care at Planned Parenthood in 2013, but hey! “Look this is a myth that Planned Parenthood has anything to do with women’s health.”

Here’s an example of a real myth for Senator Patrick: It’s a myth that Texas will always be a given for Republicans. See: Women et al.

27 Replies to “TX GOPer: It’s a ‘Myth’ that Planned Parenthood Has Anything to do with Women’s Health”

  1. I would say it is not a “myth” but a fact that this idiot is not even cogent. What an asswipe!

  2. It’s also a myth that the GOP cares about people. I can’t believe my fellow Americans fall for this stuff, day in and day out. Pathetic.

  3. Mexico, go ahead. You can take Texas back. We are very sorry we took it. Obviously you cursed the bejesus out of it. Take it back. Please.

  4. They keep promising to secede but instead they keep sucking $$ out of the rest of the country. I was told that when you arrive at the Texas border they give you and IQ test and if you fail they give you a shotgun and a pickup truck and let you in.

  5. Nancy127 he would just deny that he had a vagina if he did indeed have one. The GOTP of today remind me of the ultimate in denial in the form of the Black Knight from Monty Pythons Holy Grail, …..” I’ll do you a treat! But you’re arms off!…It’s just a flesh wound!..Have At YOU!!..Whataya’ gonna do bleed on me!?..Coward come back here!!

  6. Just another great reminder that it’s time for me to make another donation to Planned Parenthood to support all the great work they do.

  7. Let’s not forget that these loons think that contraception kills baybays. They don’t like the thought of women preventing that from happening.

  8. Ok Donald, please tell the whole-patriotic truth sir. After you get the pickup, you get a great job too!! “Permanent Latrine Orderly”, isn’t this great? Only in Texass.

  9. Do you think there is any chance – any at all – that we might convince Mexico that it was all a big mistake and they can have Texas back?

    They can do whatever they want with it…just so long as they take it back.

    Maybe if we said “pretty please” and offered lots of cash?

  10. Clennis,

    Right, Texas is competing with Bangladesh to see if they have have worse working conditions and lower wages. They hate regulation so much they don’t care a whit if whole towns blow up. It’s better than having those damn Northerners in their business.

    I always take the Northern route driving across country.

  11. Do love the morons who believe this is limited to Texas, or that all Texans support the GOP. The state is rapidly shifting blue, as all major metropolitan areas are Democratically controlled. Michelle Bachmann, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, etc are all from northern states, and have said similar. We are working overtime to return sanity t our state of Texas, but know lunacy is nationwide.

  12. Lmais, I don’t think anyone thinks it is limited to Texas, it is just with Rick Perry and Ted Cruz you have some of the most amazing jerks in the country. But California had Darrell Issa who only represents a tiny portion of an extremely blue state but jerks can happen anywhere. It is really more of a rural/urban divide.

    I donated money to Wendy Davis and am rooting for the good people of Texas to make some progress. Did you read the New Yorker article about civil forfeiture in Texas? It is terrifying. You still have backwards drug laws but you have done well on prison reform. There are a lot of places in the world I would feel safer than Texas.

  13. Notice that those that say what womens’ health care is and isn’t are usually men that haven’t got a clue. 99% of them are not medical doctors either, so how do they have a clue as to what is beneficial to a womans’ health. If these people spent half the time doing what they were elected to do instead of worrying about what is and isn’t good for the female gender, maybe they would earn at least some of the money they are paid.

  14. It’s a myth that Republican public policy stances have anything to do with improving the health and welfare of American women.

  15. Note to Tea twits, RepubliCONS and regressives: contraception causes more children to die in exactly the same manner as fire extinguishers cause more fires.

    Most methods of birth control merely change a woman’s hormonal levels, making it impossible to create a baby. You cannot end a life that never began due to the woman not having the correct level of hormones to conceive a child… How is this hard to understand?

  16. Okay… So let me see if I have this; conservatives think that ending the program that provides the means for low income women to prevent unwanted pregnancy is somehow going to result in fewer abortions? How? People will still have sex (many unprotected) and if they do not have access to birth control there will be a spike in births (many of which will be unwanted and not financially prepared to handle) as well as a spike in diseases.

  17. These reporters are soft-balling these guys. You have to sit through listening to these heartless crazies until 36:49 before you hear the idiotic statement about Planned Parenthood and these reporters don’t ask the obvious question, “What does a woman who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy through rape, incest or economics, do? Does she get to call you at home to help take care of the child or does she have to leave the state or die in a botched abortion?” Additionally, only a liar or a fool brags about defunding Planned Parenthood and passing legislation specifically targeting clinics and then asks why these clinics are going out of business.

  18. And here we have some of the brightest of the GOP minds in this country. How come we don’t have to show ID when using a public restroom? That’s a felony if you can’t prove that those private parts are yours. What if they don’t match your gender? We are so blessed to live among the smartest in America. Thanks GOP.

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