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Planned Parenthood closing three women’s health clinics in Texas

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It was reported on Wednesday that Planned Parenthood had decided to close three women’s health clinics in Texas, just as Gov. Rick Perry signed new abortion restrictions into law.

Sources told The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett that Planned Parenthood had informed employees in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin that the clinics there would be shutting down.

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Only one of those clinics provided abortion services.

The announcement came the same day that Perry signed a law banning abortion in Texas after 20 weeks. The law requires abortion clinics to become licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, but only five of the 42 clinics in the state currently meet that requirement.

Earlier this year, the federal government halted funding to the Texas Medicaid Women’s Health Program after Perry signed a bill cutting off funds from clinics affiliated with abortion providers.

“In recent years, Texas politicians have created an increasingly hostile environment for providers of reproductive health care in underserved communities,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Melaney A. Linton said in a statement, according to The Huffington Post. “Texans with little or no access to health care services have been deeply affected by state budget cuts to programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers and dozens of others that provided lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams and birth control.”

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“The combined impact of years of budget cuts to women’s health care services and the dismantling of the successful Women’s Health Program will take affordable, preventive health care options away from women in Bryan, Lufkin and Huntsville — just as these policies have taken health care away from an estimated 130,000 others — when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is forced to close these family planning health centers at the end of August,” she added.

“It is a travesty that Texas politicians are stripping healthcare from women across the state, harming lives and unraveling the health care safety net that has taken decades to build.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and other groups are considering a lawsuit to challenge the new abortion restrictions.

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President Donald Trump tweeted his anger about Speaker Nancey Pelosi (D-CA) taking a delegation of leaders to Jordan to meet with those working on Syria.

"Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria. She should find out why Obama drew The Red Line In the Sand, & then did NOTHING, losing Syria & all respect. I did something, 58 missiles. One million died under Obama’s mistake!" Trump tweeted Sunday.

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Vice President Mike Pence went to Turkey last week to attempt to negotiate a ceasefire, but what he ended up with was 120-hour freeze on bombing Kurds.

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Hillary Clinton posts fake letter from JFK to mock Trump’s absurd one to Turkey

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken up a new hobby of trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.

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Read the fake letter and see the tweet below:

Dear Premier Khrushchev,

Don't be a d*ck, ok? Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say 'Yay! Khrushchev! You're the best!' But if you don't everybody will be like 'what an assh*le' and call your garbage country 'The Soviet Bunion.'

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‘I’d be open to it’: Trump voters warming up to impeachment as president’s Ukraine story unravels

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