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  • According to an AP report, Rick Pitino, head coach of the Louisville men’s basketball team, apparently paid for the abortion of a woman he had sex with in 2003.
    The woman, Karen Sypher, is currently charged with lying to the FBI and trying to extort $10 million dollars from Pitino:

    About two weeks after meeting Sypher at the restaurant, Pitino told police that she called, told him she was pregnant and that he had to be the father. Pitino told her when they met again that he had five children and she had four, and that he didn’t know what he wanted to do, according to the report by Sgt. Andy Abbott, commander of the sex-offense unit….

    Pitino said Sypher told him she was going to have an abortion but didn’t have health insurance, so he gave her $3,000 for the procedure done in Cincinnati, according to the report….
    Pitino is Catholic and brings along close friend and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Edward Bradley – a priest in Henderson, KY – on many team trips. Bradley often prays with the team before games and is a fixture near the Louisville bench.

    I’m not seeing any evidence which shows that Sypher was actually pregnant and had an abortion. I wonder where the $3,000 amount came from since early abortions typically cost around $400. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Sypher made up the pregnancy as a means of extracting money from Pitino and attempting to get more leverage on him in her extortion attempts.

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  • A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar. The affiliate overbilled Medicaid $629,143 over the span of 3 years:

    Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest required unnecessary office visits by its poorest patients, a practice that led to excessive payments from the taxpayer-financed Medicaid program, according to a recent audit.
    The audit also uncovered troubling billing procedures and problems with unauthorized staff prescribing and dispensing birth control pills, said Doug Porter, Washington’s Medicaid director.

    It appears that instead of giving women birth control for 6 months or a year, PP would have the women come in every month, have the secretary hand them their pills and then charge Medicaid for that visit.

  • The Center for Reproductive Rights is suing to get rid of OK’s ultrasound law:

    Stephanie Toti, an attorney for the NY-based Center for Reproductive Rights, said after the hearing that the anti-abortion law was “the most extreme law in the country.”
    During oral arguments, she told District Judge Vicki Robertson that the law does not describe in sufficient detail what a physician or other medical professional is supposed to say to a woman about the ultrasound image….
    Special Assistant Attorney General Teresa Collett urged the judge to uphold the statute, saying it clearly states what a doctor should tell a woman about the ultrasound image. They include the dimensions of the fetus as well as the presence of cardiac activity and arms, legs and internal organs, according to the statute’s text.
    “There is no lack of clarity in this,” Collett said.

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