Planned Parenthood Strikes Back At Religious Bully Bobby Jindal

Planned Parenthood Stands Up To Bullies

No-one likes a bully, and most Americans have experienced the bullying tactics of using force, threats, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate other, seemingly weaker individuals. As sociologists note, bullying behavior is often repeated and habitual based on the perception, by the bully or the victim, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. One of the most recent examples of bullying that is anything but a two-sided conflict is the religious conservative movement’s incessant attacks on American women’s constitutional right to choose their own reproductive health.

Religious Republicans have made bullying Planned Parenthood, the organization providing family planning assistance to predominately low-income men and women, their cause célèbre as of late. It is not that the organization has been immune from Republican bullies in the past, they have not, but as theocrats are gaining power in Washington, and anti-choice activists have become more proficient in creating heavily-edited videos, Planned Parenthood is one of every Republican bully’s favorite targets. However, like any person that is bullied relentlessly, Planned Parenthood apparently has had enough and is fighting back against Republican theocrats and they are hitting Louisiana Governor Piyush ‘Bobby’ Jindal in a place he is used to getting hit; in federal court.

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit to stop Jindal’s dangerous and barbaric religious agenda that eliminates Planned Parenthood health centers from Louisiana’s Medicaid program. According to Planned Parenthood, Piyush is putting politics before thousands of Louisiana’s residents’ health and lives it claims will eliminate access to mostly poor people’s trusted health care provider. Republican theocrats in other states such as New Hampshire, Alabama, and Utah are “pushing the same agenda” regardless that it is blatantly illegal. There is one point that  Planned Parenthood is wrong about and they are well aware of their error. It is not “politics,” or as President Obama noted “ideology” driving the Republican bullying against Planned Parenthood, contraception coverage, or any aspect of women’s choice. It is religion and nothing else. It still boggles the mind that everyone under the Sun is terrified of saying it out loud because there is this bizarre perception that the greatest mortal sin any American can commit is uttering the truth or criticizing anything about this country’s bastardized version of Christianity and Republican attempts to rule by theocracy.

When Piyush Jindal announced he unilaterally, and religiously, ended the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, he said it was in response to a completely fabricated anti-abortion “sting” video against the reproductive health service. Piyush the Christian said, “In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life.” As an aside, Jindal shows a fundamental disrespect for human lives by refusing to expand Medicaid in Louisiana and purposely preventing tens-of-thousands of Louisiana residents from having access to healthcare.

If Piyush was a tenth of the Christian he claims to be, and he is not any kind of Christian, he would be aware that his very own precious bible’s god said there is no human life, or no “living being” until a fetus exits the mother’s womb and breathes air of its own accord. He would also not violate the ninth commandment and be a rank liar regarding “human life” he says Planned Parenthood “shows a fundamental disrespect for.” Jindal is well aware that the only two Planned Parenthood clinics in the entire state of Louisiana do not provide abortion services. They do provide cancer screenings for poor men and women, offer family planning and counseling services, as well as assistance with birth control options, but Jindal is a typical Christian bully using his political office to punish thousands of poor Louisiana residents by completely cutting off access to family planning assistance; to force them to become either celibate or perpetual birth machines.

Jindal, like all other GOP theocrats, is aware that the so-called “shocking videos” his fellow evangelicals are using to bully Planned Parenthood are bogus; how could he not? Particularly after the despicable anti-women and anti-abortion extremists releasing them have already acknowledged that their heavily edited videos included false and misleading information. In fact, the evidence is so overwhelming the videos are fake that four members of Congress, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) submitted a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris demanding an investigation into anti-abortion groups that may have violated state or federal laws to give Republicans bullies ammunition to attack Planned Parenthood, and by extension America women. Representative  Schakowsky said, “This is a new low, even for anti-abortion activists who stop at nothing to undermine a woman’s right to choose. I believe they broke the law in developing and executing this unbelievably elaborate and troubling scheme, and all Americans should have concerns about that.”

Schakowsky should be emboldened that a majority of  Americans are concerned that Republicans are attacking Planned Parenthood. In four states with Republican Senators seeking to use budget and debt ceiling blackmail to put an end to Planned Parenthood, overwhelming majorities of voters support the organization and oppose religious Republican efforts to defund the organization; particularly using the threat of a government shutdown if they cannot deny women, and men, access to family planning services and cancer screenings.

It is probably the case that Planned Parenthood, like many American women and possibly the men who love them, are just sick to death of being bullied by religious Republicans who oppose women as a matter of course. In Jindal’s case, the unilateral tactic of prohibiting Medicaid patients from having access to Planned Parenthood is illegal. Medicaid is federal funding and Piyush does not have authority to dictate to Louisiana residents who they can, or cannot, seek medical or family planning assistance from.

As Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood said, these bullying tactics and religious attacks have nothing to do with helping women any more than they are about improving healthcare service for Americans; particularly poor women in Louisiana. In the state Piyush Jindal is working tirelessly to keep pace with Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, “6 in 10 pregnancies are unplanned” and over 320,000 women desperately need access to affordable contraceptive services and supplies. Richards writes what many Americans already understand about religious Republicans; “They are abusing their power to stand between women and their doctors,” but she is wrong in saying “the attacks are about one thing only; playing politics. They are playing theocrats and like tyrannical religious leaders are wont to do, they are deliberately and with malice aforethought “punishing women, men, and families as part of a coordinated attack on Planned Parenthood” but more specifically they are attacking women.

It is long past due for Planned Parenthood, women, and Democrats to stand up to religious bullies who have enjoyed unfettered freedom assailing women’s constitutional right to choose their own reproductive health. It has been decades since the woman’s movement stood up to misogynists’ and patriarchs’ and beat back their efforts to continue controlling their reproductive health choices, and although it is an abomination they have to stand up to the same bullies again, it is time for them to beat down these punk-ass religious Republicans for good; even if it is in federal court. However, they have to address this bullying for what it really is and stop saying it is “playing politics” or “social conservative ideology;” it is the worst kind of religious tyranny. Until women, women’s advocates, cowardly men, politicians, and Planned Parenthood start decrying the unconstitutional imposition of religion on American women, the religious Republicans will continue bullying American men’s wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers with impunity.

32 Replies to “Planned Parenthood Strikes Back At Religious Bully Bobby Jindal”

  1. …well; Jindal IS a Fascist…what d’ya wanna bet that he gets it from some aspect o’ his parents religion???

  2. I watched a documentary on CBC the other night about how the white population in New Orleans is back in newly-built or renovated homes while many (far too many) in the black community are still waiting to either get back in their own homes or else waiting for ANY house to live in.
    Jindal is the worst excuse for a state governor.

  3. Right now, the religious fanatics have power. But it will be short-lived. In the eyes of the young people in this country, religion is to be avoided. As they mature and become tomorrow’s leaders, the religious right will be forced to crawl back under their rocks.

    Religious extremists seem to not understand that they are busy sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

  4. RickyBobby is trying so hard to keep up with the evil of walker & brownback, it would be comical… if it wasn’t hurting so many people. And this guy is a Rhodes Scholar. We know he’s smart enough to understand. I can only assume he is just pure evil.

  5. It’s just physics. For every action there is an equal opposite action…

    The religious right doesn’t get it – but they will soon enough…

  6. Piyush Jindal . . . I simply don’t understand how he ever became “anything” “anywhere” and he doesn’t know the first thing about Planned Parenthood or any family planning agency. Jindal is a prime example of Christian mentality of which needs to cease to exist. Thant’s my take today!

  7. Just like in the old plantation system, where the master would incrase his number of slaves by raping the female slaves.

    There was no love for the woman nor the child, they were just cheap working hands.
    The 1%s want to continue that system of almost free labor, by increasing the child rate and the poverty of the females.

    The Catholic Latino-churches, are telling their child-bearing-age-females, that it “is the White people that want them to abort, to avoid the growing Latino population”; therfore, by closing the Abortion clinics, they are doing the Latinos a favor…

    Fear and intimidation & using guilt for those females to comply.
    It needs to be stopped, by us (who else)

  8. These fools have unintentionally elevated the status of Planned Parenthood with their heavy-handed, deceptive tactics which also further diminished their own. Bobby Jindhal is a prime example, because he already bears a distinction of being a horrible governor which is shared by others like Scott Walker, Rick Snyder, and Rick Scott. His callous disregard of the women AND men who depend on PP’s services which are all non-abortion in his state shows that it’s about religious fanaticism inserted into politics. He and his ilk know that they can rile up some gullible souls who vote on the one issue of abortion, so they capitalize on that ignorance. I only hope that he and other governors who’ve pulled this stunt suffer some severe consequences since their actions are illegal.

  9. Another example of a delusional republican candidate. He is not alone in that regard. GOP has to get on the wrong side of history to remain relevant. There used to be a thoughtful side to the party. Now you see so many backing The Donald. And you wonder who is driving ratings for reality shows. Only in the US folks. Classless party

  10. This also flies in the face of the Republo-fascists claims to be for ‘free enterprise’ and ‘freedom’.
    PP is an independent, non-governmental entity that operates like many other businesses in the health care field. Some are non profit. Some are for profit.

    Republicans aren’t for freedom at all, except for their OWN supposed freedom to do whatever the hell THEY want to do.

    They’re also anti-life hypocrites , with so many regressing to no exceptions positions …not even to preserve the life of the already living ‘mother’.
    Know that in these desperate situations, the ‘mother’ likely intended to carry a pregnancy to term; and it is a late complication that demands to abort what is most of the time an unliving or unviable fetus in an attempt to save the life of the living woman.

    Before Roe v. Wade, women died quite frequently from miscarriages, or as listed ‘in childbirth’.

  11. Do some research into the history of PPFA you might find it’s racist agenda interesting…ever heard of eugenics???

  12. This kind of nonsense has to stop.Clearly it is a case of the inmates running (or trying) to run the asylum.What part of separation of church and state don’t these morons understand? Don’t like the policies then why don’t you pray to your sky fairy? After all if it is his will then your prayers will be answered. But no you feel you have to impose your will on everyone else. You are not christians but facists.

  13. Child please. Maybe you should read some history instead of listening to dumbasses like herman cain and ben carson
    Family Planning — A Special and Urgent Concern

    by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-gulf-coast/mlk-acceptance-speech

    Said Planned Parenthood’s early objective was to “help kill black babies before they came into the world.”
    http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2011/apr/08/herman-cain/cain-claims-planned-parenthood-founded-planned-gen/

    How False Narratives of Margaret Sanger Are Being Used to Shame Black Women
    http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/08/20/false-narratives-margaret-sanger-used-shame-black-women/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer69866

    It seems as though Marcus Garvey, as well as many early to mid 20th century black freedom fighters, were eugenics advocates as well.While I concur with your feelings about eugenics, I disagree with using 2015 as lens through which you look at the topic.

  14. You can stop beating that horse. It’s dead. we all know that sanger supported eugenics at the time. But she didn’t dream it up, bucko. A lot of White Christian males dreamt it up as an excuse to colonize countries that were neither White nor Christian.

    Check the beam in your own eye.

    and remember – if a State Governor can deny me my constitutional rights, what’s to stop him from denying you yours?

  15. The bible tells us when a fetus becomes a living being.

    Many people think that a human being is created at the time of conception but this belief is not supported by the bible. According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.

    After God formed man in Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

    In Job 33:4, it states: “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

  16. Again, to quote Ezekiel 37:5&6, “Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

    In Exodus 21:22 it states that if a man causes a woman to have a miscarriage, he shall be fined; however, if the woman dies then he will be put to death.

    It should be apparent from this that the aborted fetus is not considered a living human being since the resulting punishment for the abortion is nothing more than a fine; it is not classified by the bible as a capital offense, and the life of the mother is paramount.

  17. In a number of versions of the bible, one of the commandments in Exodus 20 that was spoken by God to Moses states: “You shall not kill”. According to the Mosaic text, this should read “You shall not murder” since the bible has commandments stating that people shall be put to death for a number of different offenses. Exodus 21:17 states: “Whoever curses his father or mother shall be put to death.” There are other capital offenses in Exodus 21.

    There is nothing in the bible to indicate that a fetus is considered to be anything other than living tissue and, according to scripture, it does not become a living being until after it has taken a breath.

  18. So here is a list of the crimes that according to “their faith” people should be put to death for:

    ** Sacrificing to gods other than the Lord Almighty – Exodus 22:20

    ** False prophecy – Deuteronomy 13:1-10 (boy the Reganites could be in trouble here)

    ** Necromancy – Leviticus 20:27

    ** Blasphemy – Leviticus 24:10-16

    ** Sabbath breaking – Exodus 31:14 (guess that means none of them should campaign on Sunday)

    ** Rape by a man of a betrothed woman in the countryside – Deuteronomy 22:25-27[not exactly how that effects other rapes though]

    ** Adultery – Leviticus 20:19 (uh oh many republican politicians going down for that one, hmm ask Mr. Hukabee how that relates to the Dugars?)

    ** Marrying one’s wife’s mother (personally if I’m not that happy with my wife I’m pretty sure I’m not gonna do her mother) – Leviticus 20:19

    ** Certain forms of incest, namely if it involves the father’s wife or a daughter-in-law. Other forms of incest receive lesser punish…

  19. ** Certain forms of incest, namely if it involves the father’s wife or a daughter-in-law. Other forms of incest receive lesser punishment; sexual activity with a sister/stepsister is given excommunication for a punishment; if it involves a brother’s wife or an uncle’s wife it is just cursed and sexual activity with an aunt that is a blood relation is merely criticized. – Leviticus 20:11-12, Leviticus 20:17, Leviticus 20:20-21 and Leviticus 20:19

    ** Male on male sexual intercourse – Leviticus 20:13, Leviticus 18:22 and a few others but are widely debated (Woman on woman OK? hmm not sure here)

    ** Bestiality – Exodus 22:19 and Leviticus 20:15-16

    ** Prostitution by the daughter of a priest – Exodus 21:12-14

    ** Murder – Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:12-14, and Exodus 21:12-14 (not the same as thou shall not kill though)

    ** Smiting a parent – Exodus 21:15

  20. ** Cursing (i.e. repudiating) a parent) – Exodus 21:17

    ** A son who persists in disobeying his parents – Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (guess for daughters it’s OK)

    ** Kidnapping – Exodus 21:16

    ** Contempt of court – Deuteronomy 17:8-13 (whoa lots of politicians in trouble here)

    ** False witness to a capital crime – Deuteronomy 19:15-21

  21. It is about time that Planned Parenthood got some cajones and decided to fight back like they did in Louisiana. Thirteen states have conducted their own investigations of Planned Parenthood. Evidence of wrongdoing: None. From the beginning David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress concocted fraudulent videos that ensured a definite outcome would occur. This was not some independent investigation of Planned Parenthood by a newspaper or television station. This was yet another effort by conservative men to intimidate Planned Parenthood. However, there are real men who support equality for women. Together with women we will fight to protect Planned Parenthood from its enemies.

  22. ” Jindal is well aware that the only two Planned Parenthood clinics in the entire state of Louisiana do not provide abortion services. They do provide cancer screenings for poor men and women, offer family planning and counseling services, as well as assistance with birth control options, but Jindal is a typical Christian bully using his political office to punish thousands of poor Louisiana residents by completely cutting off access to family planning assistance; to force them to become either celibate or perpetual birth machines.” This is really very simple: The dude is a piece of shit.

  23. Great post Ajaan. Now try to post on a rethug site! bet you can’t or won’t let you.
    Thugs don’t like to be faced with truth or fact. They prefer to in their own muddled world, where (they), are always in the right, and no questions are allowed.

  24. Wonder Joe, how many children does Jindal have? more then one or two? if, not. WHAT BIRTH CONTROL DOES HE USE? People want to know.

  25. Know that shadowolf, for got It for a SEC. MUST REMEMBER…IOKIYR Wonder however if someone asked him, what would be the answer?

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