The Heidi Group is an anti-abortion organization that claims to give women “advice” about their health. In reality, they provide no health care services since they are not a medical provider. Actually, a quick look at their website shows they are little more than a who’s who list of Texas anti-abortion groups.
Carol Everett, the founder and CEO of the Heidi Group, testified earlier this month at a hearing in Austin on the newly proposed requirement that aborted fetal remains must be either buried or cremated. Everett told the court that she was worried about the possibility of fetuses being flushed down the toilet, flooding the sewer systems, and creating a public health crisis by infecting the general public with STD’s and HIV. Go ahead and laugh I’ll wait.
While the audience in the courtroom giggled, Everett said,
What if one day something horrible escaped into the sewer system?
For the record, Everett really doesn’t need to worry. Her fears are completely unfounded as this is a scientific impossibility.
Because it’s Texas, just a few days after her laughable and unscientific testimony, the state legislature decided to give the Heidi Group a health grant for $1.6 million. This would be the same Heidi Group that offers NO health care services whatsoever.
Their website states that “The Heidi Group exists to assist women with the situations of life, starting with their health.” and “works to extend health care to low-income women in Texas.” But besides the previously mentioned list of anti-abortion organizations on the page you get to by clicking “pregnancy testing,” their page has nothing even remotely “helpful” whatsoever. A google search would be more productive, but I digress.
This hardly meets the website’s claim that “The Heidi Group exists to ensure that all Texas women have access to quality health care by coordinating services in a statewide network of full-service medical providers.” The only other options available through the site besides these “Pregnancy Resource Centers” are a list of job vacancies and a way to donate money.
Up until Planned Parenthood was kicked out of the program in 2012, they were the recipients of the grant now awarded to the Heidi Group.
Everett insists that she will not spend taxpayer funds on rent or administrative costs of the Heidi Group, but rather will make sure the money goes to doctors and nurses who work in rural communities and urge women not to have abortions.
My goal is to reach that little girl in a small county with no hope of having anybody explain her birth control options or have her blood pressure checked.
Everett freely admitted that she intends to hand over a lot of money to the organizations listed on the organization’s website. It should be noted that these so-called “Pregnancy Resource Centers” tell women a multitude of lies about pregnancy, abortion, and their reproductive health in general. Not only have Texas pregnancy crisis centers been caught telling women that they should use the abstinence-only method, they have also been busted refusing to administer birth control.
In June, the Texas anti-abortion law that required all doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and requiring clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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