Three More States End Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood

By Abigail Wilkinson | August 7, 2015 | 5:00pm EDT

 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) -- Three more states - Alabama, Louisiana, and New Hampshire  - have cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood (PP) in the wake of recent videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appear to show PP officials negotiating over the sale of aborted baby organs and tissue.

The three are the latest states to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ended state funding of abortion-performing facilities, including Planned Parenthood, in 2011.

According to LifeSiteNews, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, and Texas also prohibit state funds from going to any facility that performs abortions.

“In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country,” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said.

“Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life. It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state,” Jindal said.

On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced that it was terminating its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood.

According to the agreement, either party can terminate the contract after providing written notice. Gov. Jindal and the DHH have given Planned Parenthood a 30-day notice of their decision to cancel the contract.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood which runs the two clinics in Louisiana, states that 46 percent of its funding as of 2012 came from government contracts intended to provide health services for low-income and income-eligible women.

Gov. Jindal directed the Louisiana DHH to investigate the Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana. He also sent letters to the state inspector general and the FBI asking for their assistance in the investigation.

On Thursday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley also terminated his state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood Southeast. The PP affiliate has 60 days to ask for a hearing if they object.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. (AP photo)

“As a doctor, and Alabama’s governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me,” Bentley tweeted on Thursday.

"We are disappointed that Governor Bentley has been distracted by a deceptive attack against our organization instead of staying focused on what really matters to women in Alabama. What Alabamians need is more access to health care, not less,” Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox said in response.

On Wednesday, the five-member New Hampshire Executive Council voted 3-2 to cancel the state’s contracts with Planned Parenthood as well.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will no longer be receiving $639,000 of state funds, which was reported to be about one-third of its total funding.

According to local news reports, the vote was part of the council’s consideration of about $1 million in state contracts with four different health providers for family planning services.

Although contracts with Planned Parenthood were terminated, the council approved those with the other three providers: the Concord Feminist Health Center and the Joan G. Lovering Health Center, both of which perform abortions, and Weeks Medical Center.

New Hampshire Gov. Mary Hassan said that she was “incredibly disappointed” with the outcome of the vote.

“It is clear that today’s vote is the result of an ideological and political attack against Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, as there have been no allegations or evidence that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England has done anything but follow New Hampshire law and help thousands of women and families access health care,” she said.

But Republican Councilor Chris Sununu (District 3), who had previously voted in favor of state funding for Planned Parenthood, voted against the state subsidies on Wednesday after more than a thousand of his constituents urged him to defund the organization.

"Things are different now," he said. "We have to take a step back and just take a pause and say 'Is this a company and a business that we should be actively engaging (with)?'"

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill on Monday that would have prohibited all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. 

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