Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gov't Warns: Homosexual Men are Huge HIV Risk

Yesterday, President Obama's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued (yet another) report warning that sexually active homosexual men (men engaging in anal sex) are at high risk of transmitting HIV, compared to men and women who have normal sex posing little or no threat of HIV transmission; but a woman IS at risk if she allows an HIV-infected penis in her rectum.

For background, read Anal Sex Pill Pushed in Gay Men Study to Stop HIV

Click headlines below to read previous articles;

Feds Blame Homosexual Men for Sex Disease Epidemic

The Only 'Safe Gays' are Celibate Gays, Says U.S. FDA

Carefree 'Safe Sex' NOT Possible: Federal CDC Admits Failure

Also read Anal Sex is Main Cause of HIV Pandemic, Study Shows

And read New Gay Health Risk: Meningococcal Disease

-- From "CDC Recommends PrEP for Americans at High Risk for HIV" by Jessica Firger, Newsweek 11/24/15

The recommendations were published Tuesday in Vital Signs, a monthly report from the CDC. Based on national data, the CDC estimates that 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual men, nearly 20 percent of adult intravenous drug users and less than 1 percent of sexually active heterosexuals should be counseled on the use of PrEP. These numbers are based on lifestyle factors that put a person at higher risk for an HIV infection such as engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners. The daily pill for HIV prevention that has been found to reduce the risk for infection by more than 90 percent for men who have sex with men and by more than 70 percent among patients who inject drugs.

PrEP was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 for high-risk patients, but the CDC reports that many primary care physicians are unaware of the drug and its high efficacy for HIV prevention. An unpublished online national survey of health care providers, conducted in 2015 found 34 percent had not heard of PrEP.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV" posted at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. federal government)

PrEP is for some people at very high risk for getting HIV [including] . . . women who do not always use a condom for sex with bisexual men.

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From "CDC: More people could be protected from HIV with daily pill" by Stephen Feller, UPI 11/24/15

"PrEP isn't reaching many people who could benefit from it, and many providers remain unaware of its promise," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a press release. "With about 40,000 HIV infections newly diagnosed each year in the U.S., we need to use all available prevention strategies."

"PrEP isn't right for everyone," said Eugene McCray, director of the HIV/AIDS prevention division at the CDC. "No single method is, but it's right for some people, and when the men and women at high risk adhere to PrEP or whatever prevention methods work for them, we can make gains in national efforts."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "More May Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada" WebMD News from HealthDay by Robert Preidt 11/24/15

The CDC said it is taking a number of steps to increase PrEP use. These steps include publishing resources to educate and advise health care providers, a hotline to answer their questions, and increased funding to community organizations to improve access to the drug.

While important, PrEP is one of a number of HIV prevention strategies. Others include treatment to suppress the virus in people with HIV and encouraging consistent and proper use of condoms. Other prevention strategies include reducing risky behaviors . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

. . . yet there's ZERO encouragement from these "experts" for abstinence from anal sex.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Abortionist Rips Off Taxpayer, Says Okla. Gov.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to terminate further payments to the state's Planned Parenthood clinics because their "consistent submission of improper billings should disqualify these Planned Parenthood providers from participation in the Oklahoma Medicaid program."

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Taxpayers' $Billions to Abortionists: Government Report

Federal Government Probes Planned Parenthood for Fraud

Planned Parenthood's Goal is to Defraud Taxpayers

Planned Parenthood Faces $5.5 Billion (with a "B") Fine for Fraud

Also read Planned Parenthood Reports its Abortions & Profits Increased Last Year

And read Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Babies on Video

-- From "Oklahoma Governor Seeks End of Planned Parenthood Contracts" by Tim Talley, Associated Press 11/19/15

The governor announced Thursday that she's asking the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to terminate contracts with Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Tulsa.

Fallin said the authority reviewed payments to the two affiliates and found billing error rates of about 20 percent for Oklahoma City and 14 percent for Tulsa, though no improper use of state Medicaid funds was discovered.

"These results are alarming," the two-term Republican governor said in a letter to Nico Gomez, CEO of the authority. "More than one in every seven bills submitted for payment to your agency by these providers are inaccurately coded or insufficiently documented. These errors result in overbilling to the Oklahoma taxpayer."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Oklahoma looks to defund Planned Parenthood for 'billing errors'" by Sarah Ferris, The Hill 11/19/15

Fallin asked Oklahoma's health department on Thursday to terminate its contracts with the group after an official review of the state’s two affiliates found billing error rates of 20 and 14 percent.

Oklahoma reimbursed Planned Parenthood for about $100,000 worth of claims in 2015, totaling about 20,000 patient visits. In 2014, the state paid $200,000 for about 36,000 patient visits.

The move would impact six clinics in and around Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Fallin argued that ending the Medicaid contracts — which would force the clinics to accept fewer patients if not close altogether — would not impact a woman’s ability to choose her own provider, citing 120 other healthcare providers in the state.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "De-Funding Planned Parenthood After It’s Caught Engaging in Fraud" by Micaiah Bilger, 11/20/15

“There are only two Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state operating in about six metropolitan locations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa,” according to [Fallin's] letter. “However, there are more than 120 other metropolitan and rural providers available … all of whom provide a broader spectrum of health care services than Planned Parenthood’s limited metropolitan locations.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been involved in several lawsuits alleging that Planned Parenthood affiliates overbilled Medicaid, praised Fallin’s actions Thursday in a press release.

“Governor Fallin is right to recognize that taxpayer money should go to fund local community health centers, not to subsidize a scandal-ridden, billion-dollar abortion business,” said ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. “Oklahomans shouldn’t be forced to give their money to Planned Parenthood, which has a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices, not to mention that it has also been caught in authenticated undercover videos trafficking aborted babies’ body parts and has repeatedly failed to report the sexual abuse of girls. That tax money should be redirected to trusted health care providers.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gov. Mary Fallin requests termination of Planned Parenthood contracts in Oklahoma" posted at KOCO-TV5 (Oklahoma City, OK) 11/19/15

[Gov. Fallin] also requested ending contracts with similar providers found to have a high billing error rate, have had past findings of over-billing or associate with other providers who do not adhere to the standards that are required to be granted access to public funds.

According to the news  release, the state paid the two Planned Parenthood affiliates $100,145 for almost 20,000 claims in 2015, with the total payment being slightly more than $1 million because the majority of Planned Parenthood services qualify for a 90 percent federal match. Last year, Oklahoma paid $204,631 for more than 35,000 claims, making the federal matching funds slightly more than $2 million.

“We have a joint responsibility to the citizens in Oklahoma to hold providers to high standards that are imposed to allow an entity to receive taxpayer dollars,” Fallin wrote. “The recent behavior of the Planned Parenthood affiliates clearly demonstrates that these providers do not value the opportunity to serve their fellow Oklahomans with taxpayer funds.  Indeed whether willful or simply negligent, the consistent submission of improper billings should disqualify these Planned Parenthood providers from participation in the Oklahoma Medicaid program.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read how Planned Parenthood teams up with schools by providing "kinky sex trainers" for kids.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ohio School Board Wants Prayer, Ignoring Atheists

In a threatening letter, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says that an anonymous "concerned local resident" uncovered prayer at Norwalk City School District board meetings, but the board members, backed by the vast majority of local residents who prefer to ignore the atheists, say that the prayers should continue.
"I'd personally like to ignore the letter and continue putting prayer into our meetings."
-- Rob Ludwig, school board member
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

North Carolina Citizens Demand Prayer in Public School

Atheists Threaten Arkansas School so Citizens Pray Publicly

Students, School Reject ACLU's Ungodly Demand

Texas School Supt. Tells Anti-prayer Atheists to Go Fly a Kite

Why is there NO outcry from atheists about overt indoctrination of Islam in public schools?

-- From "Thou shall not pray?" by Alissa Widman Neese, Sandusky (Ohio) Register 9/11/15

For years, the Norwalk school board has included a pastor-led prayer as one of the first items on its monthly meeting agenda.

That ended in July — the first meeting after the district received the cautionary letter.

[Ludwig] and fellow board member Kevin Cashen cited Ohio's state motto, the national motto and Declaration of Independence — which all reference God or a creator in some way — as reason enough to continue forward with prayer at meetings.

"We're going down a slippery slope in ignoring our historical perspective," Cashen said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Prayer back on agenda?" by Cary Ashby, Norwalk Reflector 11/22/15

Based on his research, Ludwig said during the most recent meeting he’s fairly certain it’s constitutional to include prayer.

“We need to have a very clear policy on what that is,” he added.

[John] Lendrum, the board president, requested the district create a policy about prayer on the agenda, which will need to be read several times at monthly meetings before possibly being approved. He expected the earliest vote would be in March.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Should Norwalk school board have right to pray at meetings?" by Cary Ashby, Norwalk Reflector 9/9/15

Norwalk resident Amy Little said the Freedom From Religion Foundation is attempting to “rob us of our faith.”

“I think that’s sad,” said Little, who is a Lutheran pastor, but made it clear she was speaking as a district parent.

During public participation, she told the crowd she was going to pray and those who didn’t want to participate had the option of putting their fingers in their ears. Little thanked God for Norwalk’s great teachers and asked for God’s peace and mediation since the district is negotiating the next contract with the Norwalk Teachers Association.

“Help us listen to you,” she said during her prayer.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Prayer or no prayer before Norwalk school board meetings?" by Cary Ashby, Norwalk Reflector 10/16/15

Elm Street resident Roger George took an informal poll about community members’ feelings on prayer at Norwalk school board meetings.

George talked to 31 people before Tuesday’s meeting. Of those people, he said two were against prayer, four residents were “right down the middle,” meaning they didn’t have strong opinions one way or another, and 25 people supported having prayer during meetings.

George, during Tuesday’s meeting, said he believes most people in Norwalk want to see prayer on the agenda and “will stand behind you.” He said if people don’t agree, they can step outside while someone leads a prayer.

“I think this is very important. We are a very Christian nation,” George said. “We need to defend the rights we have in this country.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read North Dakota Bans Prayer at Catholic School Football Games

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New Obama Regs: Homeless Men Must Sleep with Women

President Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development has published an expansion of its 2012 “Equal Access Rule” concerning sexually confused (transgender) people, such that upon request, any homeless man who shows up at an emergency shelter must be allowed to shelter with the women.

For background, read Federal Government OKs Perverts in Employees' Restrooms Across America

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

President Obama Forces Boys into Girls' Showers in Schools Nationwide

President Obama Edicts More Transgender Rights via ObamaCare

Hillary Clinton Promises to Codify More 'Gay/Transgender Rights'

Also read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victims and Professionals

-- From "New Housing Rule Requires Shelter for Transgender People Based on Identity" posted at Time Magazine 11/20/15

The new rule is an update to an existing policy that barred discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people seeking public housing or housing assistance from the federal government. Under the proposed rule, the Department would provide access to housing and services based off of a persons gender identity, not the gender they were assigned at birth.

“A person seeking shelter is already in a very vulnerable situation, and they deserve to be treated with dignity when they request our assistance,” said HUD Secretary Juli├ín Castro. “This rule takes us one step closer to full acceptance of transgender men and women, and will ensure they receive the proper services that respect their identity.”

The rule would have the most impact on sex-specific shelters, which would have to house transgender people based which sex they identify with, not the sex they were born as. For clarity, a transgender woman would be housed in a women’s shelter, not a men’s one. A 2011 study on transgender discrimination found that while one third of transgender people seeking asylum in homeless shelters were denied because of their gender identity, about 42% were housed in shelters that did not align with their sex. While in the shelters, people reported being subjected to harassment, violence, and sexual assault.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "New HUD rule would house people based on gender identity" by Ken Ortega, Gazette Union 11/22/15

The proposed "Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual's Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs Rule (Gender Identity Rule)" was created after reviewing and monitoring implementation of HUD's Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Rule (Equal Access Rule), which was published in 2012.

"With respect to facilities with shared sleeping or bathing areas, the policies recommended include addressing the needs of transgender persons and other persons who do not identify with the sex assigned to the individual at birth", according to the rule.

The proposal fell on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to pay tribute to the people whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender violence.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read 'Transgender Day of Remembrance:'  White House Honors Sexually Confused People Killed

From "Feds to Require Shelters to Accommodate Transgender Individuals" by Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon 11/19/15

The agency is also expanding its definition of “gender identity” for purposes of the regulation.

The current definition states, “Gender identity means actual or perceived gender-related characteristics.”

The new definition adds to what “perceived gender identity” means.

“Gender identity means the gender with which a person identifies, regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth,” the new definition reads. “Perceived gender identity means the gender with which a person is perceived to identify based on that person’s appearance, behavior, expression, other gender-related characteristics, or sex assigned to the individual at birth.”

The agency added, “Perceived gender identity may differ from the identity with which a person identifies.”

The proposed regulation also notes that the rule could apply to anyone, regardless of whether or not they use the term “transgender” to describe themselves.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Homosexualists Battle Against 'Transgender Rights'

Saturday, November 21, 2015

U.S. Schools Force Islamic Terror Singing, Posters

Parents across America are now attuned to politically correct Islamic indoctrination, and that means their local public schools can't get away with:  forced singing of Islamic fight songs and praise to Allah by seventh-graders at Spring View Middle School in Huntington Beach, California; forced drawing of Islamic terrorist banners at Salem (Utah) Junior High School, in the Nebo School District; and forced listening to Islamic preaching at Barron Collier High School, in Naples, Florida.
“I believe that by singing this song, the children feel comfortable believing that maybe Allah is the only god, and maybe that they should start following him.  And that I’m not OK with.”
-- Susan Negron, grandparent of student taught song

“I feel like [the Islamic preaching] was being hidden from us.”
-- Jennifer Mansfield, Florida parent
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Lawmakers Counter Islamic Teaching in Tennessee

Georgia School: Learn Islam or Take Lower Grade

Massachusetts Students Forced To Learn Muslim Conversion

Students Required to Pretend Being Muslim in Wisconsin

Pennsylvania School Staff to Mosque for Islamic Training

Florida School Teaches Islam Including Prayer Rugs

Teaching Girls to Wear Muslim Hijab in California School

Celebrate Islam Day Canceled at Ohio School

-- From "Parents Speak Out After Teacher Presents Song About Islam To Seventh-Graders" posted at KCBS-TV2 (Los Angeles, CA) 11/17/15

The teacher says she was trying to teach her seventh-grade class about the religion of Islam by using a catchy tune.

Using the melody of the song “This Is My Fight Song,” the teacher applied custom lyrics, such as:

“Like a sandstorm in the desert, sending camels into motion, like how a single faith can make a heart open, they might only have one god, but they can make an explosion.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Huntington Beach school district apologizes for use of song about Islam" by Megan Nicolai, Staff Writer, Orange County Register 11/19/15

On Tuesday, Nichole Negron posted pictures on a Huntington Beach community Facebook page showing pictures from a notebook her son brought home with drawings and song lyrics that included a stick-figure man saying, “Believe in Allah! There is no other god” and lyrics to a song that described spreading Islam. District officials said the lesson took place before Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Ocean View district issued a statement Wednesday from Superintendent Carol Hansen saying a school administrator and the teacher met with the family Tuesday.

Ojaala Ahmad, communications coordinator for the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said while she didn’t know the teacher’s intentions behind using the song in her lesson on Islam, words in the lyrics like “explosion” were unfortunate. They might perpetuate an idea that terrorism or violence are supported by the religion, she said.

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From "Utah School Apologizes for Terrorism Poster Assignment" by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press 11/19/15

A Utah school apologized Thursday for a classroom assignment in which students were asked to create a propaganda poster for a group such as Islamic State to understand the goals and methods of terror groups.

School officials were first alerted to the assignment when parents complained.

The worksheet said the purpose of the poster was "to help students understand the goals of terrorist groups and the methods they use to gain support."

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From "Utah school realizes it shouldn’t ask students to make terrorist propaganda posters" by Sarah Larimer, Washington Post 11/20/15

The front of the assignment worksheet listed “8 Reasons Young Muslims Join ISIS.”

CBS affiliate KUTV posted pictures of the assignment worksheet, which mentioned the Islamic State, and told students to create a “neat, colored, professional” poster.

“We shouldn’t be talking about how ISIS recruits, we should be discussing the events of what they have caused to figure a way of how to deter that and how to help better the world,” said the parent, Annie Langston, according to ABC News. “I thought this isn’t right, not right now.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Barron Collier parent says school hid Islamic preaching" By Lucas Seiler, Reporter, WBBH-TV2 (Fort Myers, FL) 11/19/15

A group of AP honors students were listening to a world-renowned expert, Omer Taspinar, discuss U.S.-Turkey relations. The district says three parents have mistaken a conversation that happened at the end of the event as promoting Islam.

[Parent Jennifer] Mansfield said her son listened to a Muslim man preach Islam, talk about the Paris terrorist attacks and how the United States needs to accept Syrian refugees.

"He thought that we as the U.S. should open our borders," she said. "He mentioned the horrific tragedy in Paris and how ISIS is not representative of Islam, but a radical perversion of it. You cannot walk into a school and speak about religious beliefs and what yours are."

[School spokesperson Greg Turchetta responded,] "When educated students begin asking educated questions at the end... and somebody asks [Mr. Taspinar] an enlightened questions, he's going to give him an answer."

Mansfield, though, says the fact that an expert on Muslim relations talked to students equates to preaching Islam. And she says the same would be the case if an expert on Christianity spoke to students during school hours.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Angry Muslims Storm New Jersey School Board Demanding Holidays

And read Muslims in Washington, D.C. Force Christmas Off School Calendar

Friday, November 20, 2015

Satanists Join Muslims in Minnesota & California

In the wake of Islamic terrorists killing and wounding hundreds in Paris, the Satanic Temple chapters in Minneapolis and San Jose are reaching out to local Muslims offering to protect them from (non-existent) ruthless American infidels.
“If there is anyone in the Minneapolis area who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don't hesitate to reach out to us.  We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence -- just big dudes walking you where you need to be.”
-- Satanists of Minneapolis (Facebook post)

“I don't live in Minneapolis, but as an American Muslim, I'm glad to see you guys take up this effort and help out a marginalized group. Thank you for doing this and building bridges between communities.”
-- Facebook reply comment
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

FBI Director Says Satan Leads Islamic Terrorists

Satan on Throne at Oklahoma Capitol with ACLU Help

Abortionists, Satanists Team Up vs. Missouri Law

'Minion of Satan' Defied by Florida County Official

Also read of the nationwide influence of The Satanic Temple

-- From "Satanic Temple Offers To Protect Muslims Fearing Backlash In Minneapolis And San Jose" by Ismat Sarah Mangla, International Business Times 11/19/15

Muslims in Minneapolis and San Jose, California, are receiving support from an unlikely ally: the Satanic Temple. The Minneapolis and San Jose chapters of the national organization, which describes itself as a group that “facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists and advocates for individual liberty,” posted to their website and Facebook pages offering to protect local Muslims who might be experiencing backlash after last Friday’s terror attacks.

Since the Minneapolis chapter extended the offer on Wednesday, the Facebook post has been shared more than 2,700 times and has been “liked” by more than 3,000 people. The San Jose chapter posted the same thing to its Facebook page on Tuesday.

“We are happy to be of service to our community. Unfortunately, we’ve had no takers as of yet,” Curt Landsman, a representative of the Minneapolis chapter, told International Business Times in an email. “We are doing this out of genuine care for our fellow men and women and not as a publicity stunt. We feel that statistically speaking, gun toting fundamentalist Christians are a much bigger threat than Muslims in our own community who have lived peacefully here for years.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read President Obama Compares Christians to Islamic Terrorists

From "Friendly Satanists Offer Protection for Muslim Neighbors Afraid of Post-Paris Repercussions" by Rafi Schwartz, GOOD Magazine 11/20/15

Since posting their offers earlier this week, both Satanist groups have been inundated with messages of support from well-wishers, and those inspired by the gesture. Writes one commenter: “I'm a Transgender, Israeli Jew and if I were in Minneapolis I would take you up on this. Thank you for your kindness. What good people you are.” Says another: “What a lovely gesture! As a Muslim and a human, thanks dudes!” All told, the offers have racked up thousands of likes and shares across Facebook.

. . . the Satanist groups’ offer of protection makes perfect sense coming from a faith who—despite their demonic-sounding name—focuses on “encourag[ing] benevolence and empathy among all people, reject[ing] tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be[ing] directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Satan vs. God Is Supreme Court Justice's Decision

And read Pope Francis Warns of Satan; Media, Take Heed!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Babies Dumped in Landfill: S.C. Abortionists Fined

Planned Parenthood and two other abortion clinics face fines by the South Carolina public health agency for violations of regulations concerning the disposal of aborted fetuses (a.k.a. dead babies).
“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our patients.”
-- Jenny Black, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
For background, read South Carolina Abortion Clinic Licenses Suspended for Statutory Violations and “Callous Treatment of Human Life”

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Aborted Babies Incinerated to Produce Waste Heat

Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Babies on Video

Texas Yanks Abortionist's License for 268 Killed

Four Abortionists Charged in Indiana: Rape, Murder

More Abortionists Admit Killing Kids After Birth

-- From "Abortion clinics face new fines; investigations uncover no criminal actions" by Maya T. Prabhu, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) 11/12/15

Catherine Heigel, head of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, said the agency proposed fines ranging from $2,200 to $21,150 for the state’s three abortion clinics and two waste-disposal companies after DHEC found the clinics were violating state regulations. The cited violations include paperwork issues and fetuses being sterilized with steam and taken to a landfill, rather than incinerated as required by law.

Planned Parenthood has previously called the investigations part of a national witch hunt by conservative Republicans.

State officials also are looking into whether Medicaid money is being used for abortions.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "State agency issuing more fines against abortion clinics" by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press 11/12/15

A report released by the Legislative Audit Council in May found the [DHEC] agency hadn’t consistently inspected the clinics as required by law and had imposed no penalties for violations, with the exception of an expired license.

Heigel, who took the DHEC’s helm a month later, said Thursday the agency has better trained staff and changed how inspections are conducted, including joint inspections by the agency’s infectious waste and health divisions.

“We are substantially better positioned to effectively regulate these facilities,” she said. “At the end of the day, our role as regulator is to protect the health and safety of patients who use these facilities.”

As for the Sept. 11 suspension orders, DHEC lifted sanctions Sept. 28 against the Greenville Women’s Clinic after it addressed its six violations, paid a $2,750 fine and submitted proof of staff training. Planned Parenthood paid a $7,500 penalty for 21 cited violations and submitted correction plans by the Sept. 28 deadline but asked DHEC to reconsider some of the violations, putting the suspension on hold. The cited violations included incomplete staff records and abortions performed sooner than 60 minutes after an ultrasound.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.