Although Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked a GOP bill to block any more federal funding go to Planned Parenthood amid nationwide controversy over monetization of baby parts, three states defunded the organization in less than one week.
Alabama announced the move yesterday, and become the third on the list after Louisiana and New Hampshire. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley who is an also a MD recently said that a baby’s life from conception to birth is as meaningful to him as the life of an infant.
“I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not,”
the governor wrote on social media.
On Thursday, his office reported that the contract with Planned Parenthood would be terminated after a 15-day notice. If the group objects, it has a couple of months at its disposal to file a complaint.
Gov. Bentley also said that since the organization got involved in “deplorable practices” he decided to end any state’s association with it. Louisiana and New Hampshire announced a similar move in the wake of several covert videos released by a group concerned about medical ethics, showing top PP executives discussing selling parts of aborted children in gruesome detail (see first video in the series below).
Planned Parenthood said yesterday the Alabama’s decision would deprive thousands of poor and uninsured females of health care services. A PP spokesperson argued that under the federal law, states are not allowed to remove abortion providing groups from Medicaid. The spokesperson went on and said that the doors of their clinics would remain open to women and that they would continue to provide them “compassionate care.”
In Louisiana, the Department of Health and Hospitals pulled the organization from Medicaid on Monday. Gov. Bobby Jindal has argued that PP shows no respect for human life, so it doesn’t represent the values of his state’s residents anymore.
In New Hampshire, the executive council voted to defund the organization this Wednesday. Nearly $640,000 in taxpayer money will not reach the group’s bank accounts. The council argued that there isn’t a direct link between the amount of funds and the number of people served, as PP suggests.
Chris Sununu, a member of the Council with deep-seated pro-choice convictions, said that he decided to vote for the defunding after five unemployed women, both pro-life and pro-choice, have contacted and urged him to vote against an organization that lost its credibility among them.
So, far five undercover videos showing that the group is involved in selling fetal tissue to biotech companies were released. The group that made them announced that they had more, which they would soon make public.
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