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Thousands of comments take Texas governor to task for his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Women are flooding Rick Perry's presidential campaign Facebook page with angry comments over his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
A woman who identifies herself as a gynecologist is referring questions to the Texas governor, saying he claims to know more about reproductive health than she does, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“I would like your opinion since I can’t make medical decisions myself being a woman and all,’’ the Washington Post reported one woman as writing on Perry’s Facebook wall.
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The mocking comments are in response to Perry’s highly visible role in cutting off federal Medicaid money for the Texas Women’s Health Program, the Post reported.
Although Texas has previously accepted $31 million per year in federal funds for the program, Perry and state Republican lawmakers said they can no longer abide that money flowing through Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas, even though participating clinics don’t provide abortions, according to the Post.
As of Monday afternoon, more than 5,000 comments were posted on Perry’s Facebook wall.
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Later, the ability to post comments was at least temporarily disabled, according to the Dallas Morning News.
"There is no place for such inappropriate comments which do nothing to advance the important discussion about issues surrounding the Women's Health Program," Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the newspaper. "It's clear many of these individuals are basing their remarks on something other than the facts. Gov. Perry is proud of his efforts to keep this program going with or without the federal government."