Tony Perkins writes: "While Cecile Richards was getting chummy with President Obama at dinner, state legislators were losing their appetite for funding her organization. In Texas, leaders are putting a big scare into Planned Parenthood by threatening to cut it off from the state's Women's Health Program, which is one of the organization's most profitable partnerships. If SB 1854 passes, Richards's group would be unable to sue their way into the program, because legislators added a special clause to the legislation that would dissolve the project if they tried. Oklahoma is taking a similar tact, but its Senate is trying to boot Planned Parenthood from administering the federal WIC program. Right now, the bill is in committee--the last hurdle before SB 709 is finalized. Until it is, the Sooners can enjoy another victory at Planned Parenthood's expense. Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that restricts the use of the abortion pill, RU-486--which has been a big moneymaker for Richards's clinics.
"Now that Indiana has paved the way, states like North Carolina are moving full-steam ahead on defunding Planned Parenthood. The Tar Heels can join the party by voting H 200 out of the state appropriations committee and onto the floor. Action on the bill is expected in the next few days. Other states are taking an indirect swipe at Planned Parenthood by cracking down on the abortion industry as a whole. To keep the pedal on the pro-life metal, Kansas is a Governor's signature away from blocking abortion coverage in health care plans. Missouri is on the cusp of making the state's abortion laws the strictest in the country, and Pennsylvania will do what it can to tighten the restrictions in the clinics that already exist (HB 574)."