Alabama has cut all taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood after five incriminating videos leaked online, appearing to show company executives involved with the illegal sale of aborted fetal organs. Life News reports Alabama is the third state to cut funding of the abortion provider, after Louisiana rescinded a contract with Planned Parenthood and New Hampshire cut $650,000 from the business.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced the decision in a series of tweets.
“The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans. I've terminated any association with the organization in AL,” Bentley wrote.
“As a doctor and Alabama’s Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me.”
He continued, “I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not.”
Bentley also notified Planned Parenthood of the decision in a letter. The company will now have 60 days to apply for a hearing if it wishes to challenge the decision.
CNN reports Staci Fox, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said Bentley’s decision will prevent low-income men and women from seeking the services they need.
"The courts have been clear that the federal law prohibits states from excluding abortion providers from Medicaid. Planned Parenthood's doors remain open and we will continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care to the women and men who rely on us,” Fox said.
Publication date: August 7, 2015