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, 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 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


Source: Rolling Stone

Source: Addicting

Source: The Houston Chronicle

44 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
    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”.
    A “relocated Texan” Great state, terrible politicians.

  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.

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

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

  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)?

  5. Ray Mc Dermett   July 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Well, if all this is true, how fortunate for Obama, they can share their lie’s with each other and really pull the wool over our eyes.

  6. Robert Flanders   July 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Now, for Texan women who are pro choice, it’s either Rick Perry’s sister, Milla Perry Jones’$ abortion clinic or yesteryear’s coat hangers. Why are Republican Governors so bloody corrupt? Texas or Virginia, they are just crooks in suits. They have an unhealthy interest in women’s wombs and money.

  7. Rebecca Savastio (@RSavastio)   July 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    @Jim: It’s an op-ed. Statements like “journalism is dead” and “this reporter is unethical” are what people say when they don’t know the definition of an op-ed and disagree with the premise of the opinion presented in the story. Instead of taking to the time to write a counter-point argument and publish it, they simply attack the person who wrote the story. If you look up the definition of an op-ed, you will see its purpose is to create discussion and debate, and that it does not follow the same rules as a traditional hard news story. Instead of ad-hominem attacks, why not write your own op-ed? I see in your comment you offer no counter argument to my argument. Why not spend time crafting a persuasive rebuttal instead of coming down on me for no reason?

  8. jim   July 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    The scandal isn’t having children holding disgusting, profane signs on behalf of twisted parents? Or, trying to bring jars of feces, bricks, urine, condoms, and used tampons into the legislature to throw at elected officials? Oh, or surrounding Christians holding a prayer vigil screaming Hail satan. The fact is, 85% of Americans, both conservative, and liberal oppose late term abortion. A baby born at 5 months is viable – not a fetus. These were mostly folks from the same occupy career from Austin. This is why journalism is dead.

    • Michelle   July 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Jim I don’t know where you get you’re info but it’s false. I was there all night, there was no urine, no feces, yes they confiscated unused tampons and maxi pads until Senator Watson stepped in and told DPS they’d gone too far, and no one was “screaming hail Satan” there was one video where one person tried to get a rise out of people by saying hail satan into the camera. Apparently it worked because now all the bible thumpers are exaggerating stories. Try fact checking. Oh wait I forgot you blindly believe everything you read.

  9. Kenneth   July 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    The new law is to protect women. But I guess if a woman wants to have her child removed from her body after five or six or even more months of pregnancy at a clinic that is not a registered medical or surgical center by staff that may not include a doctor, let it be so. As the protesters say, “it’s my body.” I was raised in a family that attended a church that did not condone abortion. I still do not believe they should not be performed at all but “it’s there body.” We have a lot more people in this country these days and losing some to infection, loss of blood or suicide as a result of a poor decision is not my problem. It is also not my Governor or state house representative’s problem either. I hear that there may be some “money” games being played in the decision and my belief is that they should drop the whole thing and let the public decide between sweat shops and surgical centers. Kinda like pulling teeth. Use your brains people. Let them do what they want with their bodies. Quit playing Dog.

  10. Paula   July 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

    ….and people want this man to run for President? Really people?

  11. Josh You   July 12, 2013 at 6:16 am

    The mere existence of Rick Perry is a strong argument for abortion.
    Too bad his daddy forgot to pull out.

    • david sloan   July 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

      my sentiments about perry,exactly

  12. Mike   July 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Pro life oe pro $$$…?

  13. Rebecca Savastio (@RSavastio)   July 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    @Jose and Heath: Do you know what an op-ed is?

  14. jose menny   July 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    lame story. why don’t you go and get an account from his sister or something to make this left field statement at least somewhat credible.

  15. Elvina Petmecky   July 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    It is now hard to trust any person in high offices. They all play games to get elected. It is NOT the people’s wishes, it is about the electoral college, it is about money. Huey Long had nothing on the politicians of today!!! Shame on them!!!

  16. Heath   July 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Spin the story, get the readers, keep it up media…I now actually search for the facts, you are as credible as The Onion.

  17. Gage   July 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I would take this article more seriously if the writer or the Guardian Express showed any concern for Obama appointing his donors to many government positions.

    • Lola   July 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      I would take your point more seriously if this article claimed to be a comparison between Perry and Obama. It’s a very specific issue related to Perry that is being addressed here. I have no idea whether or not the writer of this article even supports Obama. Just a thought.

    • Lola   July 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Scrap that. I understand why this would come up for you. As a Texas resident who has been at the capitol for the protests recently and has listened to testimony after testimony, I’m a bit on the defensive right now. Take care. 🙂

  18. Sarah   July 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    “Always seems that women want to kill babies.” Actually, I’ve found that many women who had abortions had one because the man in their life said they didn’t want the baby, and told the woman to get an abortion.

  19. Candice   July 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    This is not the first time Perry has tried to use legislation for the benefit of someone he knew. Mandatory Gardasil vaccinations anyone?

  20. Heidi Preston   July 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    The Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Licensing Act was first enacted in 1985 by the 69th Legislature. Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) are commonly referred to as “day surgery centers.” An ASC must provide surgical services as its primary service. ASCs do not provide overnight or inpatient care. Care is provided on an out-patient basis.

    The Facility Licensing Group develops rules that establish minimum standards for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) licensing procedures; for granting, denying, suspending, and revoking a license; for licensing fees; for operation; and for requirements concerning design, construction, and the Life Safety Code. ASCs are required to submit an Annual Report to the department(click here to view link).

    The Architectural Review Group is responsible for conducting plan reviews and construction inspections of new and existing ASCs.

    The staff of the Facility Licensing Group is responsible for licensing ASCs. To become licensed please see the How to Become a Licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center and License Application.

    Directories of Ambulatory Surgical Centers

  21. Ricky Boredmonkey Howard   July 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Rick Perry is like a hired gun. Once a democrat who saw there was no money or future in it for him. Found Capitalist Jesus on Wall Street. I’m thinking his core beliefs are for sale to the highest bidder.

  22. Rebecca Savastio (@RSavastio)   July 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    @Tim Johnson: Did you miss the label at the bottom that says “Op-Ed”? I guess so. You are aware that op-ed means opinion, right? I take great offense to your accusing me of lacking ethics and professionalism. It’s an opinion piece and is labeled as such. You’re more than welcome to write your own opinion piece refuting mine, but please don’t resort to ad hominem attacks because you disagree with the premise of the opinion. I did not “copy and paste” anything except quotes to support my opinion. That is a normal practice in journalism.

  23. Michael Fortes   July 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I’m no fan of Rick Perry, but this story seems a bit premature. Now, if his sister actively starts a movement to make all those Texas surgical centers become legal outlets for abortion, and she *does* make a profit from it – and shares those profits with her brother – *then* we’ve got a story. For now though, I don’t see much of a new story at all. The Taibbi quotes are old news (though I always love reading and re-reading his pieces).

  24. Just Me   July 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

    ” 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. ”

    What a crock of a story, it’s funny how they fail to mention that there are already 421 ambulatory surgical centers in Texas…

    • MJ   July 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Just Me…none of those that I looked at safely terminate pregnancies. They specialize in other fields.

  25. Dear   July 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Someone in this feed mentioned that they are worried that this could “destroy” Rick Perry. Idiot.

  26. Snoopy Ohn Yermails   July 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    seems that ed is a sexually repressed christian…one who would be first in line at a clinic if his little darling spent some unholy time with a young man of her choosing…hypocrites….god bless them all…calling women whores…most likely because no sane woman would indulge…too bad…must be difficult having Napoleonic syndrome.. Allegedly Rick Perry’s son was “hired” by the medical company whose vaccines were to be mandated by law….what a buffoon…Texans are such blind followers…

  27. Margaret Button   July 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Adding to Christine’s information, according to the CDC and reported in the DMN, there are fewer than 5 legal abortion related deaths per year in the whole country. According to testimony in the hearings during the last legislative session, there was 1 legal abortion related death in Texas since 2001. This testimony was later “updated” to “fewer than 10”. “Protecting women” is a red herring. Paying healthcare and expanding Medicare, as available under the ACA, would do far more to save women’s lives.

  28. Sister Lawna   July 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Is this even legal? Seems like a conflict of interest to me. We all know changing the time stamp after the filibuster was illegal, but no one was punished. What’s the deal here?

  29. ED   July 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I can understand if a woman was raped or during the course of her pregnancy, it was determined that finishing her pregnancy could be fatal to her health, i can see the need for abortion. But because she wants to be a whore, how is that the childs fault…?

    • Cindy   July 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

      I see . . . so the dichotomy as you see it is “raped or in mortal danger” versus “wants to be a whore.” And yet, you think it’s *women* who have a problem here?

  30. Tim Johnson   July 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I didn’t know publications such as the Guardian got their news by cutting and pasting from opinion blogs. This is a disingenuous accusation on the part of some extremely biased and unprincipled demagogues, and your publication of it shows a appalling lack of journalistic ethics and professionalism.

    According to the article that “backs up” this claim, the only connection is that Perry’s sister sits on the board of a company that operates several hundred surgical centers. I suppose time will tell if there is an actual “connection,” but the somewhat distant possibility that some of the abortion clinics threatened by the bill might outsource abortion business to some of the surgical centers owned by the company on whose board Ms. Jones sits, does not imply any malfeasance on the part of Perry.

    Almost every person in politics is related to someone who sits on boards of corporations, and almost every bit of legislation proposed anywhere affects some business, either directly or indirectly, and either positively or negatively. Compensation to outside directors is generally very small, not an amount anyone would risk as remuneration for malfeasance, or to go against a principle they strongly support. So your headline makes an egregious and obviously uninformed claim about the potential benefits Ms. Jones might gain. Maybe you don’t know anything about American corporations, but I think you probably have Google there, right? It is sickening that you would jump into this battle so poorly armed, yet so willing to destroy people you know nothing about.

    There is no indication that Ms. Jones’ company would perform abortions if asked by any of the clinics affected by the bill, and there is no indication of whether Ms. Jones would remain on the board of a company that would say yes to such a request. So this, at least for now, remains firmly in the land of specious innuendo.

    The implication is that as long as abortions are making money for Perry or someone connected to him, he’s okay with them. That’s about as low an accusation as saying that we “Rethuglicans” want to “control someone’s uterus.” (I never did understand the benefit anyone could hope to derive from that.)

    Try a wee bit harder, Guardian.

    • P. Magnet   July 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Change “Perry” to “Obama” and you would be outraged, amirite?

  31. Me   July 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Oh I hope he burns for this.

  32. MrColinBoyd   July 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Luvly1uc – you have put your head in the sand and you are willfully ignoring facts

  33. luvly1uc   July 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    From what I gather, he wants the abortion clinics to be brought up to standard; to accommodate a ambulance stretcher in case of an emergency and to be held under the same OSHA guidelines. He is not stopping them, just making them safe. Just my opinion.

    • Christine Bertolino   July 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

      luvly1uc, You obviously have not been gathering enough. Abortion clinics are far more regulated than ambulatory surgical centers. They are inspected yearly, where ASC’s are only inspected every three years. Requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital is a requirement for no other types of physician. Live births are 10 times more dangerous than abortions. These restrictions will close all but 5 clinics in the state, which will require low income women to travel to big cities on their own dime and then pay significantly more for the abortion at a surgical center. This is NOT about making abortions safer. It’s about restricting access.

  34. Meg Elisabeth Smith   July 9, 2013 at 6:46 am

    It always seems to be men that want to decide/enforce abortion laws…

    • joshua   July 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Always seems that women want to kill babies.

      • Pragmaticsolution   July 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        And it always seems self righteous anti-choice activists don’t know the medical definition/difference between a baby and a fetus/embryo. Always with the anti-science with you people.


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