Shocking: Secret Deal With Planned Parenthood Might Cost This GOP Candidate Dearly

A backdoor deal between a state health director and two abortion providers in Ohio allows the clinics to skirt a new law that would have shut them down.

Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges, appointed by GOP presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, made an agreement with Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region and Women’s Med in Dayton for the facilities to remain open throughout a variance appeals process, according to a judge’s consent order.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett issued the order on Sept. 28, allowing the two providers to stay open because an agreement made the clinics’ previous motion or injunction moot.

The clinics and the ODH have been in a battle over licensing. Both clinics do surgical abortions, but Ohio law states that facilities doing those procedures must have an ambulatory agreement with a local hospital. The reasoning is that the clinic must have a way to transport the woman to a nearby hospital in case something goes wrong during the abortion.

Neither facility has such an agreement with a local hospital, so they were denied licenses. Both filed for a variance to the surgical license. In Ohio, gaining an exception can be approved if the facility has another approved method in place for a woman to gain immediate access to a hospital.

Planned Parenthood and Women’s Med filed a request for an injunction when it filed its variance request, anticipating sanctions and penalties from the state during the appeals process. The injunction, if approved by a judge, would have stopped all legal proceedings against the clinics.

The judge’s action on Sept. 28 was regarding this injunction motion. Basically, the judge disregarded the injunction because the two parties had come to an agreement for the clinics to remain open.

”Director Hodges has provided Plaintiffs with the opportunity to request a hearing on the proposed licensure actions….and has assured the Plaintiffs that if they request a hearing ‘you may remain in operation while the administrative proceedings take place,’” Barrett’s order read.

A deal was reached before a new state law took effect on Sept. 28 that would have automatically shut down the two facilities. The law, called the “Automatic Suspension Provision,” would automatically close facilities denied a surgical license. Hodges denied the variance request on Sept. 25, days before the law took effect, so the new law doesn’t apply in these cases. Planned Parenthood and Women’s Med are suing the state over the law, but can continue to provide surgical procedures during their appeal on the variance request.

“Since the Director’s actions were taken prior to the effective date of [the Automatic Suspension Provision], the parties agree that the provisions of … the Automatic Suspension Provision will not apply to these variance denials,” the judge’s order states.

ODH director of communications Melanie Amato would only state that proper procedures were followed.

“In these cases, the Department of Health determined that these variance requests did not meet or exceed the level of patient protection that is essential.  The facilities will be able to continue to operate while they appeal the proposed revocation if they choose to appeal.  We have no other comment,” the statement read.

The state was requiring four doctors to substitute for a hospital, and the facilities had three, according to reports in the New York Times. A four-doctor requirement had never been mandated prior to this case, according to an attorney representing the clinics.

Pro-life officials are not happy and state the decision will put women’s health at risk.

“We don’t need another unsuspecting woman to die, to remind us that those laws are there for a reason,” Life Issues Institute President Brad Mattes said to LifeSiteNews regarding the subject.

Mitt Romney Just Said Whether He Thinks Trump Will Win The GOP Nomination

Prominent Republicans – even those not seeking the party’s presidential nomination – have faced media questioning regarding Donald Trump’s emergence as an unconventional front-runner. 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney responded to one such inquiry during an interview with James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic.

Romney confirmed that he “will support the Republican nominee,” qualifying that he does not believe that person will be Donald Trump.

“My party has historically nominated someone who’s a mainstream conservative,” he said, “and someone who has a foundation in foreign policy that gives people confidence that they can guide the ship of state in troubled waters.”

While he did not dismiss those in the field without experience in elected office, Romney maintained that Trump is not the type of candidate likely to earn the nomination. Specifically, he criticized Trump’s “absurd and dangerous” opinions on America’s involvement in Syria.

As for the candidates Romney believes could meet the qualifications to win over primary – and general – election voters, he included Chris Christie, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and potentially Carly Fiorina.

“I think each of them has staked out territory which is not extreme,” he said, “and so I don’t think I’d conclude that it’s impossible for a Republican to be able to win the general election. As a matter of fact, I think we will win the general election in part because we have such strong and capable people as the ones I’ve mentioned.”

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Ben Carson Makes Giant Announcement That’ll Terrify His Opponents And Shatter Records

Ben Carson’s campaign has done what few political insiders thought was possible when the former neurosurgeon launched his candidacy last spring: become a fundraising juggernaut.

The political outsider, now running only one point behind Donald Trump in recent polling, raised over $20 million dollars in the third quarter only. To date, the campaign has raised over $31 million.

“You know, the pundits all said that we would never be able to mount a national campaign for financial reasons, but here we are approaching 600,000 donations,” Carson told the Associated Press while campaigning in New Hampshire. “The people have gotten involved, and that’s something I think they probably never anticipated.”

The fundraising haul is not being fueled by mainly major donors, but by smaller donations and volunteers stepping up to be “bundlers” for the campaign.

CBS News reports that Jacquelyn Monroe, 45, is one example. The Georgian plays piano for a living and had never given a significant amount to politicians in the past, but decided to raise $100,000 for Carson’s campaign.  

“‘It’s not something that I would normally set out to do,’ Monroe [told CBS News], who added she was moved by Carson’s authenticity and Christian faith and coaxed into collecting money from friends and business associates by his ambitious campaign staff. ‘$100,000-plus is a big deal for me.’”

Carson’s campaign reported raising $12 million in September alone, and a significant portion of that came in after the candidate indicated he would not support a Muslim who did not renounce Sharia Law for president.

The campaign brought in $700,000 in the 36 hours after he made that comment less than two weeks ago, according to campaign manager Barry Bennett.

“I would guess that we’ve outraised the Republican National Committee and many of our opponents maybe combined,” the campaign manager added.

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Now flush with cash, Bennett said the campaign has begun implementing plans to buy television ad space across the South for the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1, 2016.

“Sooner or later, they’ll have to realize there’s a new reality or they’ll pay the price,” Bennett said of the Republican establishment. “The outsiders are not going away.”

h/t: Business Insider

Watch: Whoopi Tries Taking A Stand For Planned Parenthood, Then A Republican Stops Her Right In Her Tracks

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was the guest on a recent episode of ABC’s The View when the discussion turned toward an ongoing conservative push to defund Planned Parenthood.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg kicked off the conversation by asking Santorum what he would do with the money that currently goes to fund the nation’s most prolific abortion provider.

“I’m for reallocating every dollar that goes to Planned Parenthood,” he replied, “and put them in women’s health centers that actually provide more comprehensive services than Planned Parenthood does.”

He went on to explain that there are many health services and screenings – such as mammography – that the organization does not provide. When Goldberg attempted to dispute his point, Santorum was ready.

“Cecile Richards yesterday at the hearing,” he said, recalling the Planned Parenthood president’s recent congressional testimony, “said, in fact, they do not. In fact, there are no Planned Parenthoods that provide any mammogram services. They basically provide abortion, contraception, STDs and pregnancy tests. That’s it.”

Santorum reinforced his case by noting that defunding Planned Parenthood should have no bearing on the organization’s ability to kill unborn children since it is already illegal to use federal funding for abortion.

“So when you reallocate that money away,” he said, “it shouldn’t affect abortions, unless of course they are commingling funds – and that’s one of the questions that people have.”

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Gowdy Just Answered Those Wanting Him To Become Majority Leader With 10 Definitive Words

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is a man on a mission, and won’t be distracted by talk of him serving as the House GOP’s Majority Leader.

“I am staying on the Benghazi committee, period, exclamation point,” Gowdy said Tuesday before a House vote.

Current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will be seeking to replace departing House Speaker John Boehner.

Gowdy’s name was bandied about Tuesday after colleagues talked up his credentials.

“He is the kind of smart fighter our country needs and the American people deserve,” Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said Tuesday. “With impressive communication skills, genuine compassion and the tenacity of a prosecutor, he will unite the party and the people around a truly American agenda.”

However, Gowdy made it clear later Tuesday that he was not interested.

“I’ve never run for any leadership position, and I’m not going to start now,” Gowdy said. “Don’t know how I can be any more definitive.”

Gowdy “made it clear that he is OUT of any consideration for any leadership position,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., tweeted Tuesday night. Mulvaney had supported Gowdy for the post.

Mulvaney emphasized the importance of the Benghazi panel to Gowdy.

“l had to beg Trey to run for re-election in 2014. I absolutely think he’ll run again in 2016 for one reason and one reason only…he’s staying until the Benghazi Commission is finished. That’s it. He may leave after, but he’s certainly not leaving before then,” Mulvaney said.

Gowdy’s office, responding to a spate of stories suggesting Gowdy would not seek re-election in 2016, said the South Carolina lawmaker does not plan to resign.

Gowdy is chairman of the select House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The committee’s work has brought him in conflict with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is scheduled to testify before the panel in October.

h/t: TheBlaze