Philly mayor seeks ban on feed­ing home­less out­side

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be­cause the state won’t let Planned Par­ent­hood and other abor­tion providers par­tic­i­pate.

Cindy Mann, di­rec­tor of the fed­eral Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices, said Thurs­day she re­gret­ted the move but said her agency had no choice af­ter Texas this week be­gan en­forc­ing a law bar­ring state fund­ing from clin­ics af­fil­i­ated with abor­tion providers.

The Women’s Health Pro­gram pro­vides care to about 130,000 low-in­come par­tic­i­pants, and fed­eral funds had cov­ered 90 per­cent of its costs.

Gov. Rick Perry has in­structed state health of­fi­cials to find fund­ing for the $40 mil­lion pro­gram with­out fed­eral sup­port.

“It is the height of po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to put the in­ter­ests of abor­tion providers and their af­fil­i­ates, like Planned Par­ent­hood, over the well-be­ing of more than 100,000 low-in­come Texas women,” Mr. Perry said in a state­ment Thurs­day. “I will not stand by and let this ad­min­is­tra­tion aban­don these Texas women to ad­vance its po­lit­i­cal agenda. Texas will fund these ser­vices with or with­out the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.”

PHILADEL­PHIA | Philadel­phia Mayor Michael Nut­ter wants to ban com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions from feed­ing the hun­gry and home­less in city parks.

Nut­ter said he wants the home­less to eat in­doors, where men­tal health and med­i­cal ser­vices can be pro­vided.

But or­ga­ni­za­tions that al­ready serve meals out­doors said the ban is a ploy to get the home­less out of high-traf­fic ar­eas, like the Ben­jamin Franklin Park­way, home to many of the city’s mu­se­ums.

Mr. Nut­ter said the true aim is to of­fer bet­ter and safer food to the hun­gry. He said the city will set up a tem­po­rary space for serv­ing meals at City Hall’s north­west corner and of­fer free food-safety classes for or­ga­ni­za­tions that want to serve meals.

The ban will take ef­fect fol­low­ing a 30-day com­ment pe­riod.

Two other men were ar­rested ear­lier on rape charges re­lated to what au­thor­i­ties said was the pros­ti­tu­tion of a 10-year-old boy by the Troy man.

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