EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Funneling Unwanted Kids To Donor's Companies

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Published on 16 Oct 2021, 1:00
As Texas' new abortion law creates more unwanted babies, another law funnels them to facilities run by GOP donors. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Bridget Todd discuss on The Young Turks. Watch LIVE weekdays 6-8 pm ET. youtube.com/theyoungturks/live

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"On September 1, 666 new laws went into effect in Texas. Some of them stoked significant controversy, especially the abortion law, which at its very core is devoid of an objective basic understanding of the female reproductive system. The law has been condemned by just about every relevant medical expert, even at the United Nations.

Lawyers for the Department of Justice said the state's move was "in open defiance of the Constitution."

The new set of laws has been seen as so extremist, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and his political allies have been called ''The American Taliban'' on social media.

The restrictive abortion law has not only been seen as a human rights violation but it also has an impact on the state’s economy. Companies including Salesforce are rethinking their relationships with the state.

Unless the DOJ succeeds in getting the law struck down, more unwanted babies will be born in Texas, likely stressing the state’s foster care system, which has already deteriorated under Abbott’s watch. And the fate of Texas’s foster care system is also going to be affected by another of Abbott’s new laws, one that has received far less attention so far.

This new law bars the state from having foster children spend the night in settings that aren’t otherwise considered residential. These settings include Child Protective Services’ offices, motels, and churches. And the state had been resorting to that more frequently. According to the Texas Tribune, in one month alone this year, 415 Texas children spent at least two consecutive nights in unlicensed facilities.

On its own, the new law banning this has been touted as a positive move, but the state has not provided much of an alternative. The state has fewer beds than it used to, losing roughly 1000 beds in group homes.

Increasingly, the state was already turning more to the private sector. With the new law limiting alternative options, the state is paying to place more kids in residential treatment centers run by private companies, some of which are big GOP donors. One of them is GEO Group, the private prison operator."


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