Texas Bars Abortion Providers From Medicaid: More Backlash To The Obama Birth Control Mandate

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after Texas and several states challenged the constitutionality of the federal government’s rule that compels religious organizations to provide health coverage that conflicts with their moral and religious beliefs:

“Obamacare’s latest mandate tramples the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion and compels people of faith to act contrary to their convictions. The President’s so called ‘accommodation’ was nothing but a shell game: the mandate still requires religious organizations to subsidize and authorize conduct that conflicts with their religious principles. The very first amendment to our Constitution was intended to protect against this sort of government intrusion into our religious convictions.”

These are the State of Texas’ objections to the Obamacare mandate:

The rule conflicts with the First Amendment’s basic elements of the freedoms of religion, speech and association.
• The rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring the federal government to troll through an organization’s religious beliefs to determine whether the organization is religious enough to be exempt from the rule’s mandates.
• The rule’s practical effect will force religious employers and organizations to drop health insurance coverage, which will effect increased enrollment in state Medicaid programs and state-subsidized hospitals and medical centers.

Texas joins six other states in a coalition to oppose “The Mandate,” including Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. See the Legal Challenge HERE

The Obama Administration is pushing back against challenges to its mandate by threatening to pull back preventative health care programs that cover more than 100,000 Texas women. The Texas Tribune reports:

“The Obama administration is trying to force Texas to violate our own state laws or they will end a program that provides preventative health care to more than 100,000 Texas women,” said Allison Castle, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry. “This boils down to the rule of law — which the state of Texas respects and the Obama administration does not…The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14. Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.”

“The stalemate appears unbreakable — Republican lawmakers have made clear they’d rather forgo the program and the federal money than allow Planned Parenthood to participate…’The Legislature has spoken. The attorney general has said it is constitutional. The Commissioner has signed the rule,’ said Kyleen Wright, president of the Texans for Life Coalition. ‘If Planned Parenthood cared as much about affordable health care for women as they say, they would get out of the way so that the program could continue.’…”

The Texas confrontation with the Obama Birth Control Mandate is but one of many efforts that emerged to protect Religious Freedom and the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. These efforts include Senator Roy Bunt of Missouri, who has introduced the “Respect for Rights Conscience Act, which the Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, is urging senators to support. SEE DiNardo Article

Last week the National Clergy Council, representing church leaders of Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, and Protestant church traditions declared a State of Emergency for the Churches in response to the Obama Birth Control mandate. SEE State of Emergency.

Texas Governor Rick Perry also chimed in:

“As is becoming all too predictable, the Obama Administration is continuing its unprecedented and unconstitutional intrusion into every facet of American life, this time mandating that our religious institutions violate their own beliefs. It has to stop. I commend Attorney General Abbott for taking this much-needed action, part of an ongoing battle over our right to practice our faiths, and live our lives, without Washington interference.”



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001338845283 Jacqueline Sigrist

    go texas go!!stand up!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1087682780 Carla Couch Fowler

    Wish AR had an Attorney General like Greg Abbott! Instead we are currently stuck with a very LIBERAL O’mcdaniel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=780354724 Paul Phillips

    Don’t mess with Tejas…They will beat you into submission. They have Lone Wolf McQuade and the Texas Rangers lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694048923 Linda Long Turner

    Excellent! You want the abortion YOU pay for it, not ME!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1103438782 Gary Withrow

    That pesky document known as the constitution. That “imperfect” document as blowbama and his fellow comrades call it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1776781954 Stephen Douglas

    Like we say down here, “Don’t mess with Texas”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000465829402 Michael Hayden

    Go Texas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=651401860 Jack Fossilfetcher

    Excellent! No matter HOW you describe it, no matter what your motive might be, abortion is MURDER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242039220 Debi Harper

    NOW…who’s next?? God Bless Texas!!!! <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000839942158 Jerry Knight

    Way to go TEXAS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000594043791 Kriss Walcutt

    Obama can go to hell as for me I’ll be in Texas – modified hehe

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1300123836 Sumi Allen

    I’m so glad that we’re stimulating business and investment growth in this country.
    Especially during high unemployment when gas prices are over $4.00/gallon. And we in CA don’t get our oil from Iran either.
    Social “issues” are a red herring. The “religious” right were bough off to create a distraction. Knock it off assholes, what kind of Christians steal from the poor to bail out racketeers and through oil/real estate speculation?
    Oh btw, Medicare expenses would be cut in half if people knew how to avoid diabetes II and heart disease (avoid high fructose corn syrup, avoid transfats and get cardio)… but then again, the “religious” right is also in the pockets of BIG PHARMA who gets paid very well by our Medicare system. Didn’t know that Abortions were a huge medicare expense….oh wait, it’s not. :o)
    unsubbed. :o)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003152755013 Willie-Mae Mesce

    then let them get the HELL out of our country O NO forgot its our money they wont jerky thinks hes GOD some half ass americas think so also hope they get enough of jerky grandma

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1796624981 Lisa Freeman Rubey

    This is why we moved here I am not leaving Texas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326815164 James Damron

    It is time for all states to stand up to Obama.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241881228 Don Bass

    Way passed the time for passing drug tests to receive ANY public assistance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410504843 Theresa Cadena McCollum

    @sumi…mediCAID not mediCARE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715110479 David James

    God bless Texas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684025040 Hollie Roley

    Texas Rocks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002333106785 Elizabeth Greeley

    I love Texas! Texans have true grit! You don’t need a dog to protect YOUR. land, YOUR family as long as you have YOUR shotgun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000184947967 Betty Hickman

    Thats what every state should do. Obama is a nicompoope.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001052372719 Roger Lowe

    I love the Unite State of TEXAS !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001052372719 Roger Lowe

    May your efforts in Texas be sucessful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002219636043 Patricia Wooten Harmon

    as far as this goes I don’t believe in abortion. Neither do I believe taxes payers should foot the bill because some sleep around get knocked up and can’t support or won’t support the children made from these liasons. But then who will help the innocent children that suffer from moms and dads who have no clue how to be a good supportive parent. who has to suffer for theses sins? Everyone

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518531697 Rebecca Higgins Meisner

    Go Texas!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002577759743 Rosey Kidd

    Go Texas .And only if our Governor had the back bone to stand up against Obamacare would be wonderful ,Perdue is useless here in NC .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1291782412 Michael Harrison

    This is another reason why I LOVE Texas!!!! Show our do-nothing president who’s boss!!!!! DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS, OBUTTHEAD!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000605926360 Joey McDonough

    There’s a reason God blessed Texas, to fight the liberal in the White House! I swear I’ll never leave this state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229372110 Mark Bindenagel

    I love Texas! Gov. Perry would have made a great president!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1670204034 Darren Koele

    Sumi obviously knows nothing of religion, Christianity, the Constitution, or America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000021282211 Marilyn Ridenhour Hooton


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1267595893 Matthew Wilson

    Unfortunately, the state of Texas is the home of SIXTY FIVE Planned Parenthood clinics ~ the largest abortion provider in the U.S.A. And Houston has the largest Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in the country. There will continue to be very loud noises coming from all directions claiming Texas is anti-woman and all these poor women are being prevented from receiving proper reproductive health “CARE” because the state won’t cooperate by extorting $$ from its taxpayers to foot the bill to destroy lives and to pad the coffers of this deceptive & despicable organization. Stay strong Texans!

  • George M

    It’s amazing that all these liberals, who are “pro choice” can’t understand that the choice occurs when you decide to have sex. After that you get many more choices about how to handle the consequences. Some are moral and right, others are immoral and wrong- abortion, contraception, the morning after pill, etc.

    Forcing religious people to pay for other people’s poor choices is totally against the first amendment.