Texas Bill Targets Pregnancy Centers, Planned Parenthood Hypocritical in Support

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 23, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Texas Bill Targets Pregnancy Centers, Planned Parenthood Hypocritical in Support

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 23
, 2009

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would subject pregnancy centers to state licensing in order to qualify for state dollars. The bill would not subject Planned Parenthood to the same standards and officials with the abortion business support the bill even though they reject similar licensing for their own work.

Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a Houston Democrat, is behind the bill to target pregnancy centers that provide help for women and abortion alternatives.

The state has provided pregnancy centers with $2.5 million in public funds since 2005 and the money pays for counseling, parenting classes, and material assistance for women and children ranging from baby food to maternity clothes.

The bill would require such centers to have a licensed counselor and a licensed health care worker on staff and subject them to other rules.

But Deborah McGregor, the director of the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas, in Waco, says the bill would require the center to pay for additional staff whose salaries would cost more than the state grants the center currently receives.

“(The state money) is one of the ways we have grown our program and what we can do,” McGregor told the Waco Tribune.

McGregor also says the requirements don’t make sense because the grants do not cover any medical work and that her center provides referrals to medical and mental health professionals when the need arises.

However, Planned Parenthood supports the bill to put more requirements on its competition despite the fact that it routinely opposes any licensing bills or health and safety regulations state officials desire concerning the surgical abortions or dangerous abortion drugs it distributes.

Pam Smallwood, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Central Texas, told the Tribune she is "concerned" that pregnancy centers are misleading women.

She said nothing of the materials Planned Parenthood distributes that deny any medical or mental health problems abortions cause women.

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