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Regarding the raging Republican War on Women in Texas, it appears to be even worse than I thought! If you have been following the raging saga of the extraordinary and vehement efforts of Gov. Rick Perry and his Republican majority in the Texas legislature to effectively deprive many thousands of women and teenage girls in Texas of their rights to safe legal abortion care under the transparent guise of "making abortion safer" (the opposite would clearly be the result) you won't be any more surprised than I was to learn that it looks very suspicious that Perry's family stands to profit financially from the passage of these bills. Well, to be honest, I was surprised that it might be this bad, but not much, knowing Rick Perry and his Republican entourage.

From the website  nonsequiteuse:

Of Course Perry’s Got a Dog in this Fight

Posted on July 6, 2013    by nonsequiteuse    

I am not the first person to call attention to this, but I consider myself to be fairly up on the situation around abortion access in Texas, and I didn’t know this. I share it with you in case you, like me, hadn’t connected this particular dot.

Unless pragmatic alien pod people take over the Republican delegation in Austin, we’re going to get some dreadful new restrictions that severely limit access to abortion in Texas. One result will be that all abortions, medical and surgical, will be required to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.

Remember when Rick Perry played against type by issuing an executive order that all middle school girls be vaccinated against HPV? Remember when he rescinded his order after:
1.the anti government intrusion people (well, anti intrusion except for close encounters of the uterine kind) and anti-vaccine wingnuts, also known as Rick Perry’s base, flipped out.
2.the rest of us gave him the side eye when it was revealed that his former chief of staff was the lobbyist for the drug maker that would benefit from suddenly getting to inject every sweet young thing in Texas to protect her from cervical cancer.

The most important thing to know about Rick Perry is that, when given the choice between winning at the petty game of political point-scoring and behaving like an actual leader, he goes with the game-playing every time.

Only slightly less important, however, is knowing to ask the question cui bono. You shouldn’t ask it in Latin, however, because, well, this is Rick Perry we’re talking about, and although those words are short, they are foreign.

Who benefits? Who wins if suddenly, Texas has a great demand for ambulatory surgical centers, new or existing, in which abortions can be performed?

Could it be United Surgical Partners International? The Houston Chronicle points out  that one Milla P. Jones serves as their VP for Government Affairs.

That’s P. for Perry. His sister.

Now, she’s not listed on their website, I didn’t find her name in their most recent SEC filings, and she isn’t currently registered as a lobbyist for USPI in Texas, as far as I could discern through my research. She is, however, identified as holding that position both in her advisory board member bio on the Texas Conference for Women website and in her listing as a board member of the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society.

Not surprisingly, the Texas Observer was on top of this last year.

Update: I see no evidence that USPI would be eager to jump into the abortion business, and requiring that abortions be performed in ASCs is a tactic in TRAP laws around the country and not unique to Texas, but this is just one of those interesting little connections that reminds you that it never hurts to dig a little deeper into people’s motivation for doing things. My motivation, in case you are wondering and to save you some digging, is to not have Rick Perry in charge of my anything any longer.

Originally posted to Beket on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by Abortion and Pro Choice.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    No matter how fervently you believe that you know what you merely believe, you merely believe it, and you might be wrong - very wrong.

    by Beket on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:01:51 PM PDT

  •  Rick Perry had his hand in the cookie jar before (12+ / 0-)

    he picked a louse off of Bob Bullock for looking at him the wrong way.

    Perry has been dirty for a long time and he's smarter than you think.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:15:13 PM PDT

    •  Please... (0+ / 0-)

      ...tell me what this means:

      "he picked a louse off of Bob Bullock for looking at him the wrong way."

      No matter how fervently you believe that you know what you merely believe, you merely believe it, and you might be wrong - very wrong.

      by Beket on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:59:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Answer...Yes...his hand is in the cookie jar!...nt (9+ / 0-)

    Arrogance is ignorance matured.

    by jennyp on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:17:40 PM PDT

  •  Is it Texas? (6+ / 0-)

    Is Rick Perry a politician?

    Is Rick Perry a "free enterprisin'"  Republican?

    The only question is how many hands does he have.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:12:12 PM PDT

  •  Matt Taibbi told the world (7+ / 0-)

    what most of us in Texas already knew.

     Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas

    [Y]ou have to go pretty far to stand out as a whore and a sellout when you come from a state that has produced such luminaries in the history of political corruption as LBJ, Karl Rove and George W. Bush. But Rick Perry has managed to set a scary new low in the annals of opportunism, turning Texas into a swamp of political incest and backroom dealing on a scale not often seen this side of the Congo or Sierra Leone.
    On the human level he is a nonpersonality, an almost perfect cipher – a man whose only discernible passion is his extreme willingness to be whatever someone will pay him to be, or vote for him to be. Even scarier, the religious community around which he has chosen to pull his human chameleon act features some of the most extreme end-is-nigh nutcases in America, the last people you want influencing the man with the nuclear football. Perry is a human price tag – Being There meets Left Behind. And sometimes there's nothing more dangerous than nothing at all.
    Perry didn't write this year's bill. Even the putative author, Jodie "Rape Kit" Laubenberg, admitted that "her" bill sprang full-grown from the forehead of ALEC. But will he be glad to see his baby sister turn a buck on it? Oh, hell yes.

    "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

    by moiv on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:32:17 PM PDT

  •  Whorehouse Perry is a low class slimeball. (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Beket, moiv, BadKitties, gffish, AnnieR

    I see from your profile that you have some professional knowledge in this area.

    Here's a though.  I lived the first 60 years of my 68 in Texas born and raised.

    Until Roe v. Wade women in Texas and the SW went to Mexico for their medical help.  Some had a good experience and some got butchered, and some got dead  It was a crap shoot unless you knew somebody who knew somebody who had found a good clinic and would admit to having gone there.

    Texas women can go back to Mexico but it will still be a crap shoot.  And women who don't live in the border states have a much harder time getting to the border and over it.

    Is there any way to form a kind of under ground rail road that gathers information about which clinics are good and which to avoid and maybe give some help to women who have to travel a long distance?  Like maybe dinner and a couch to sleep on?

    How overt or covert would depend, I guess, on whether the TeePeers in the border states and elsewhere make it illegal to transport a woman who is going to or coming from an over the border abortion clinic, and what evidence it would take as proof enough to apply legal penalties.

    Somehow I just got a mental flash of the border states requiring all women going over the border into Mexico to have an HCg test and the power to refuse them passage if it were positive.

    This is all getting way too Kafkaesque and spooky weird.

  •  He also just vetoed a 145-0 vote to Buy American (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    just the other day. The Texas House voted unanimously for this legislation for the State to only procure American made products. Rick's friends at the multinationals surely showered him with approval this past Fourth of July weekend. /irony.

    The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice - MLK

    by Ripeness Is All on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:09:43 AM PDT

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