Here is an interesting article on Planned Parenthood:
"The political dispute embroiling Planned Parenthood here and nationwide is over abortion, though public funds are not permitted by federal law to be used for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or when a pregnancy threatens the mother’s life. Neither clinic in this state — like nearly half of all Planned Parenthood centers — performs them. What the Louisiana Planned Parenthood clinics did do last year was administer nearly 20,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections, as well as providing gynecological exams, contraceptive care, cancer screenings and other wellness services for nearly 10,000 mostly low-income patients.
“We have a syphilis epidemic right now in New Orleans,” said Dr. Taylor, the medical director overseeing programs to combat sexually transmitted infections for the State Office of Public Health. She is also the director of Louisiana State University’s sexually transmitted infections program, which operates in the wellness center here. Louisiana ranks first among the states in cases of gonorrhea, second in chlamydia, and third in syphilis and in H.I.V., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
There are, in fact, two PP centers in Louisiana. One is in Baton Rouge, and the other is in New Orleans. According to any of several reliable sources - you can do your own research - neither offers abortions as a service.
What they do in fact offer, is substantial medical support to women - and men - in Louisiana:
- Birth Control
- General Health Care
- HIV Testing
- Men's Health Care
- Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception)
- Pregnancy Testing & Services
- STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines
- Women's Health Care
Meanwhile, there are 21 or so Planned Parenthood facilities in Colorado. 12 of them offer abortion services. All but the Fort Collins Surgical Center offer a wide range of other health services as well.
Further meanwhile, Louisiana has an estimated 4.6 million people as of 2014, while Colorado has an estimated 5.4 million souls for the same year. The source on that is the US Census Bureau.
Colorado has 800,000 more people than Louisiana, yet has 19 more PP clinics, and who knows how many more options for health care.
AmericasHealthRankings.org shows Colorado as 8th, with Louisiana as 48th, for overall health standing.
The poor state of Louisiana's health care system and the state of health of its citizens doesn't say much for the state's government. The chief executive of the state is Bobby Jindal, another right-winger Who Would Be President.
Bobby's position on PP:
Gov. Bobby Jindal cancels state contract, says Planned Parenthood not worthy of getting public assistance
Governor Jindal doesn't seem to have a Plan B for the citizens of his state he is going to screw healthcare-wise. Fortunately, the Justice Department sees it a bit differently:
Interestingly, Louisiana ranks 47th in the nation for infant mortality. It would seem that Planned Parenthood's 'death squads' are the least of an infant's worries in Louisiana, especially considering PP's lack of abortion services. Just surviving the Jindal administration's health care opportunities would seem to be the major battle.
Perhaps that's a clue for the rest of us regarding his visions of grandeur as our next president. So let's go along with The Donald, and all the other right-wingers who are howling at the moon about cutting all funding for Planned Parenthood, and toss a good many of Louisiana's women under the bus. Then we can go after the rest.