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Poo-pooing Planned Parenthood

Gazette staff November 21st, 2012

After Oklahoma decided to terminate some Planned Parenthood funding, the organization responded by birthing a lawsuit against the state Department of Health. (Oh, Mistress of Tortured Metaphors, have you no shame?) Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions in Oklahoma, but it does in other states. In the Sooner State, however, the group — among other responsibilities — distributed Women, Infants & Children (WIC) services in three Tulsa clinics.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Of course, the Health Department said it has the right to choose … who receives a contract.

In September, the agency chose not to renew the Planned Parenthood contract, citing the program’s relatively high cost per participant, a decrease in case loads and faulty billing practices.

But Planned Parenthood of the Heartland isn’t buying the reasons being given for the act.

“This case isn’t about us, it’s about the Oklahoma women and families who count on us,” the organization said in a statement. “Politics should never interfere with a woman’s access to health services — or food for her children.”

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