Happy New Year—When Are You Due?

It seemed the decent thing to do was to ask:

Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.

Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights, attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Bean said.

The state has long banned the use of state funds for abortion, but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state’s Women’s Health Program. The program provides check-ups and birth control to 110,000 poor women a year, and Planned Parenthood clinics were treating 48,000 of them.

It would be nice to have the facts here. I’ve heard—and reported—that Planned Parenthood performs only abortions. No mammograms, no “women’s health” of any kind—no nothing, except abortions. I could be wrong about that, but that’s what I’ve heard.

So, it seems to me that Texas can choose not to fund a private organization that performs abortions, when many Texans object to the practice.

Even so, the judge didn’t exactly side with Texas:

Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit to stop the rule will still go forward, but the judge decided Monday that the ban may go into effect for now. In seeking a temporary restraining order, Planned Parenthood’s patients could have continued to see their current doctors until a final decision was made.

Right. The Texas legislature passed a bill; the Texas Governor signed it; the Texas courts will rule on it. That’s how the system works. Planned Parenthood will get its day in court.

In other reproductive news:

A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino’s Pizza doesn’t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino’s Farms Corp., near Ann Arbor. Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.

Zatkoff granted Monaghan’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case. The mandate would have taken effect Tuesday.

The government says the contraception mandate benefits women’s health and removes financial barriers. There are about a dozen similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

Let’s be clear, first of all, on what it is Monaghan objects to:

The founder of the popular pizza chain Domino’s Pizza, now real estate mogul, has obtained an injunction against the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare, just before the requirement went into effect today.

Thomas Monaghan, a Roman Catholic, had filed suit in federal court last month on behalf of himself and his property management company, Domino’s Farms Corporation, contending that the contraception mandate in Obamacare violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Causing death can never be considered a form of medical treatment,” his legal challenge outlined.

Monaghan, who sold most of his stake in Domino’s Pizza to Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital in 1998, obtained the exact opposite outcome than that of the Oklahoma-based craft chain Hobby Lobby. As previously reported, David Green, president of Hobby Lobby and the bookstore chain Mardel, has decided to defy the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare and risk $1.3 million in fines per day while his case moves forward after being denied an injunction against the requirement.

The company announced its decision through a statement issued by its attorney, Kyle Duncan of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

“To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs,” he explained. “Hobby Lobby will continue their appeal before the Tenth Circuit. The Supreme Court merely decided not to get involved in the case at this time. It left open the possibility of review after their appeal is completed in the Tenth Circuit.”

“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” Duncan added.

While Hobby Lobby states that it has been covering, and will continue to cover, birth control for its over 13,000 employees nationwide, it refuses to pay for two pills that are included in Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate: the morning-after pill and the week-after pill.

“These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families,” Green wrote in a statement earlier this year. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate. … By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow.”

So, it is not “contraception” he opposes, but “termination”. They still provide health care plans, including birth control.

I understand both sides. My personal line in the sand would allow abortions, but with restrictions to keep it safe, legal, and rare—as the feminists say (but so rarely mean). But how a “right” to abortion can supersede the right to religious freedom is beyond me.

May these cases lead to the death of this “abortion” of a law.

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