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Blue The Nation | September 3, 2014

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Evil Woman: Rick Perry’s Sister Is Going To Make Money Off the Anti-Choice Law

Evil Woman: Rick Perry’s Sister Is Going To Make Money Off the Anti-Choice Law
Jonathan Nathan

So you probably already know that Texas recently passed an astoundingly, horrifically anti-woman law designed to decimate women’s health clinics throughout the state and make it nearly impossible for Texas women to exercise their Constitutionally protected right to choose. What you may not know is that a little-discussed provision of the law is going to make Rick Perry’s sister, Milla Perry Jones, as well as people she represents, quite a bit of money.

One of the new requirements that’s been imposed on all providers of abortion services is that they must be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. The more common term for such centers is “outpatient surgery centers.” Very few abortion providers in Texas currently have such a license. A licensed ASC is simply a health provider that is licensed to perform any surgery that does not require a hospital stay. An ASC provides colonoscopies, for example. Because what’s more important to a clinic’s ability to provide women’s health care than its ability to provide a colonoscopy?

But there’s more to this than meets the eye. They didn’t just require all abortion providers to be licensed ASCs because it would make it harder for women to get abortions. Milla Perry Jones is Vice President of Government Relations of United Surgical Partners International, which runs surgery centers co-owned by doctors. That means she’s their lobbyist. She lobbies for doctor-owned clinics in Washington and Austin. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, one of the trade groups Milla Perry Jones worked with sued over a provision that barred new doctor-owned medical facilities. The restriction was conceived as a way to bring down costs since services at doctor-owned clinics cost an average of 20% more than services provided by traditional clinics.

If the Federal courts do not strike down some of the new law’s restrictions, 37 women’s clinics in Texas will shut down. When that happens, those doctors are going to go somewhere. They’re going to go to licensed ambulatory surgical centers. That’s already a problem in that it means that women are going to have to travel much farther to get the services they need. But what makes this even more unacceptable is that Milla Perry Jones–whose brother is the Governor that pushed this bill, remember–and her cronies are going to make a lot of money off of the very abortions their political allies decry.

Some of the doctors she represents may also buy out some of the soon-to-be-closed women’s clinics for pennies on the dollar and get them licensed as ASCs. That oughtta be easy; after all, they have their own pet lobbyist with the Governor’s ear. So even if abortions remain available in some of these areas, they’re going to cost more. About 20% more, if you recall a previous paragraph.

So what’s the matter with Texas? Do they hate women, or just want to make money off of their struggles? Ah, hell. Why not both?

  • busifriend

    Making money is no Evil!

    • JonathanNathan

      Is it literally just your job to post this link on every article with “make money” in the title?