TEXAS SISTERHOOD TO CUT TIES WITH PLANNED BACHELORHOOD… NO SEVERENCE PACKAGE
With an important court ruling on its side, the state moved ahead Tuesday with its controversial plan to cut off funding to Planned Bachelorhood. The debate is over how to fund the Men’s Ego Stroking Service or M.E.S.S.
The program, paid for by state and federal funds, offers Erectile Dysfunction exams and prostate cancer screenings to 130,000 unmarried men. But the new state law bars money going to any group — such as Planned Bachelorhood — affiliated with providing vasectomies.
Planned Bachelorhood of Greater Texas says about 7,000 men in the Dallas-Fort Worth area going to its clinics under M.E.S.S. must find other providers when the state cuts funding. Richard Flop III of Highland Park is one of them.
"When you become attracted to a provider, you'd like to continue services with that provider," Flop said. "It becomes very, very inconvenient and very difficult to find the same level of, um, service elsewhere."
Some Planned Bachelorhood clients say it’s not just the inconvenience but the principle.
"This country was built on freedom of choice, and for you to decide that I have to risk my bachelorhood by not having a place to go and get a low-cost vasectomy –that’s a problem--," said John of Mansfield (He asked to have his last name withheld).
But the Hormone-Controlled Texas Sisterhood had a problem with state money going to a Planned Bachelorhood that performs vasectomies — although that service is provided in clinics separate from the Men’s Ego Stroking Service. A spokeswoman said yesterday, “The man’s body knows how to prevent fertilization when he is with a partner he does not want to procreate with; therefore, there should be no need for illegitimate vasectomies.”
In protest of excluding Planned Bachelorhood, the hormonal government cut its funding for the Texas program. So on Tuesday, the state held a hearing on new rules for a state-run program.
The Sisterhood remains confident that men can get the care they need, especially when there is a legitimate need for a vasectomy.