What happens when your are getting bad press for your "undeclared" war on women, but you still want to continue it? Well you take it into "Super Secret mode".
You have your appointed state operatives take over the Federal grant process and yank the money from clinics that have been successful in supporting public health, especially those of women and adolescents for 40 years.
Read more of this horror story below.
Here is the headline...
Two family planning clinics that serve 17 counties in northeast Nebraska are closing today after they were forced by the state to re-apply for their federal grants and then lost the money to more generalized clinics.You can read the full story here -
Norfolk Family Planning and Fremont Family Planning have provided reproductive health care services for more than 40 years, but the clinics will close their doors today after the state yanked their grants and gave them to a clinic and a public health department.
Here is the money quote.
Deborah Bunn, executive director of the agency that oversees the family planning clinics, Says she suspects a change in providers was sought so the funds could be more closely regulated by lawmakers and the state, whereas her small, independent clinic closely followed Title X regulations and fought any attempts to curb services.The director of Nebraska Health and Human Services refuses to comment, but a spokesperson says the process of awarding the grants was competitive and used a scoring system. Of course they won't let anyone see their "Scoring System".
I am sure the Republicans in this state see this as a win win for them. They now get to control what services are available, and I am quite sure the owners of the news clinics are good Republican donors. Oh yes and since they have now locked up all the grant money in that area, planned Parenthood who was going to open 4 more clinics in that area will be out of luck for HHS money.
The war on women, the Nebraska version, now in the super secret version.
And so it continues....
Now would be a really good time for HHS to come audit the Nebraska folks...