Scandal in Texas as Rick Perry’s Abortion Bill Means Big Money for His Sister

Scandal In Texas-Rick Perry’s Abortion Bill Means Big Money For His Sister From Abortions

Rick Perry has been trying every trick in the book to pass the new abortion bill in Texas, and now, according to Addicting Info.org, the truth behind his extreme “desperation” has been uncovered. The bill’s passage would mean that his sister’s company could be poised to make big money from abortions. Milla Perry Jones, Rick Perry’s sister, is the Vice President of Government Affairs at United Surgical Partners International. In addition to that plumb position, she is also a board member at the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society.

The Houston Chronicle reports the bill’s passage would mean that nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas would close because they would not be able to afford to transform into official ambulatory surgical centers. The bill would restrict abortions to being performed only in clinics that have this designation.

The few abortion clinics that would stay open would be the ones that already function as ambulatory surgical centers. It does not seem to be a coincidence that Perry’s sister just so happens to work at a company that is already considered to be an ambulatory surgical center. She stands to profit handsomely from the bill being signed into law.

Addicting Info.com reports:

Closing 37 of the 42 clinics in Texas significantly eliminates competition and gives the company the ability to offer and perform abortion procedures at a higher cost. This means low income women will have to pay more to get an abortion and Rick Perry’s sister will profit from it.

The fact that Perry is trying to funnel major profits his sister’s way should come as no surprise to those who view Perry as an unstable, almost manic politician. There have been whispers and even outright accusations in the press that Rick Perry engages in nepotism. Matt Taibbi, a Rolling Stone reporter, did a lengthy expose on Perry last year. Speaking about the Trans-Texas Corridor project, he writes:

Though most of the project was shot down by the state legislature, Perry did manage to push through several parts of it, most notably a few stretches of new highway construction around Houston and Dallas. Some of the beneficiaries of those projects were American firms that had donated lots of money to Perry and the governors association, like Williams Brothers Construction ($621,000), Parsons Corporation ($410,000) and JP Morgan Chase ($191,000). But another beneficiary was a Spanish firm called Cintra, part of a consortium that won the development rights for the original TTC project.

Cintra, Taibbi reports, employed a consultant named Dan Shelley who became Perry’s legislative liaison. His company ended up receiving 5 billion dollars in contracts from the state of Texas. In addition, Rolling Stone reports that, “According to Texans for Public Justice, Perry appointed 921 of his donors and their spouses to government posts over the past decade.” Nepotism? It surely seems so.

Given his history of engaging in favors, Rick Perry pushing legislation that will allow his sister to make big money and profit from abortions is certainly scandalous, but it is not really shocking. It actually seems like business as usual in Washington, where corruption is king and the politicians care for no one but themselves and their own friends and families.

By: Rebecca Savastio

(op-ed)

Source: Rolling Stone

Source: Addicting Info.org

Source: The Houston Chronicle

50 Responses to Scandal in Texas as Rick Perry’s Abortion Bill Means Big Money for His Sister

  1. Thom July 20, 2013 at 7:14 am

    well, this is no surprise. Perry has a long history of funneling monies that eventually help his political efforts, which of course, translate into money for Rick himself. Just a search of his “activities” since he started holding public offices will fill in the blanks nicely. He is not alone. Politicians by nature are crafty when it comes to dollars. They are in the game for the dollars and sadly little else. The Texans who supported him, deserve him. Soon he will be another footnote in political history, joining the “illustrious” likes of Tom Delay et.al
    It is a shame that he can’t reset himself and try to do more good than harm, but thankfully his time has almost run out. It ran out on Bush, thankfully, before could inflict more damage on our country with his bumbling of nearly everything he touched. No wonder he and Ricky weren’t and aren’t now friends at all. They are on to each other. Their supporters sadly were not on to them. Trash heap for both and their ilk.. Good luck Texas. Vote wisely for your next “leader”.
    Sincerely,
    A “relocated Texan” Great state, terrible politicians.

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  2. lkvam July 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I definitely don’t like abortion, like children and families, but I am adamantly PROCHOICE. I think there are a lot of hypocrites in a state with the highest teen pregnancy, and poverty rates. I believe in a woman’s right to control the destiny of her reproduction, especially when at least 1 in 3 or 4 are sexually abused, when reproductive healthcare is not provided to so many woman over this great state, and when women are raped, or have health risks for pregnancy. So many issues are not addressed with the new measures, that I feel that those who support them are absolute heartless hypocrites. You, supporting the measures, are able to finance your own reproductive independence, regardless of these new laws. You just imposed a righteous blight on the sector of woman who will be victims to many of life’s abuses, as well as will not have safe reproductive health care.

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  3. Alan Rice July 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    our governor is pulling similiar crap here in wisconsin too: stay tuned!!!!

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  4. LA July 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    You are liberal or Democrat, become a foster/adoptive parent! You are Republican, become a foster/adopt parent! Either way, research all the “unwanted” children in the system in Texas and this country w/out their birth parents and ask yourself…Why (so many)?

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