Stop Taxpayer Funds to Bachmann's Anti-gay Clinic
  • Petitioned Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger

Stop Taxpayer Funds to Bachmann's Anti-gay Clinic

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      <span>CREDO Action</span>

So-called gay conversion therapy has been denounced by the scientific and medical communities as ineffective, and potentially dangerous.

But an investigation earlier this month by Truth Wins Out exposed that this hateful practice is used by the "quality Christian counseling clinic" owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband -- a clinic which was recently discovered to have received over $137,000 in federal Medicaid funds, in addition to $24,000 in other state and federal funds.

It's bad enough that Bachmann and Associates, after denying for years they practiced ex-gay therapy, clearly encourages patients to pray the gay away. Our taxpayer dollars shouldn't be funding it.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees Medicaid, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), which distributes the funds within the state, should immediately pull public funds from Bachmann's clinic.

Tell Secretary Sebelius and DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson: Stop funding Bachmann's anti-gay clinic.

Going to the Bachmann family for counseling is like attending a peace rally hosted by Dick Cheney.

Their views are extreme, hateful and crazy. Michele Bachmann has called homosexuality "a part of Satan," and "a real issue of sexual dysfunction" while her husband Marcus has called gays "barbarians."

And even as Michele Bachmann's family was collecting over $160,000 in Medicaid and other public funds, she was leading Tea Party calls for drastic cuts to the social safety net - especially to Medicaid which she has said swell the "welfare rolls" - and even voted to shut down the government rather than continue funding Planned Parenthood and the Health Care Reform Act.

Yet when reports broke of the Medicaid payments to her family, Bachmann suddenly became sensitive to discrimination, declaring "it would be discriminatory not to accept Medicaid as a form of payment."

It would be stunning to keep funding with public money a clinic that promotes an anti-gay, religious agenda and medically-unsound services that are more damaging than anything else. HHS and Minnesota DHS must take a stand now.

Tell Secretary Sebelius and DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson: Stop funding Bachmann's anti-gay clinic.

To:
Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger
Public money shouldn't fund a discriminatory, hateful religious agenda and medically-unsound ex-gay therapy. In light of recent investigations, please take action to immediately stop funding Bachmann and Associates.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ann Marie STARKE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      I would like to unsign this. I am for them fighting against gays

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    • Dylan Williams RICHARDSON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      BACHMANN'S A CUNT

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    • Mercedes Nunez TOLEDO, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      This is appalling. People are born gay, straight, or otherwise. You people have no right to use OUR dollars to take that from them.

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    • Sabrina Swanson NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      So ridiculous!! Make it stop!!!

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    • Emily Carrillo SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This is so unbelievable. What is the world coming too. I live my life to the fullest because I've accepted the fact that I only get ONE life to live. I don't understand how people like this can live their lives wasting time on other people likes and wants. I'm 17 and I was BORN bisexual, it's not my fault. But it's who I am, and it doesn't rule my life. These people would be astounded if they heard what I have to say. Haha. If there is a god, then he made me this way. So fuck these people, don't let them ruin anyone.

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