A Louisiana Congressman is not mincing words after the Obama administration threatened Louisiana and Alabama after each state made the decision to revoke taxpayer funding from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The de-funding came after the abortion company was caught in six different videos selling aborted babies and their body parts for research.
Louisiana Congressman John Fleming has responded and told President Barack Obama to quit protecting Planned Parenthood.
“I find it alarming that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is quick to say our state is breaking the law by defunding Planned Parenthood, and yet refuses to investigate them even after six incriminating videos have clearly shown the organization manipulating abortion procedures, selling infant remains following an abortion, and evading patient consent regulations,” said Fleming, a physician and strong abortion opponent. “It’s ironic that HHS is so quick to protect an organization with a public record of seemingly illegal behavior.”
Fleming said there are over 100 federally qualified health centers across the state that provide valuable services to women, “without profiting from abortions.”
Louisiana provided Planned Parenthood with $287,000 under its Medicaid provider contract with the state. Most of the Mediciad funding — at least 69 percent — comes from the federal government.
Alabama became the third state to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the wake of five videos exposing how the abortion giant sells the body parts of aborted babies for research. The state followed Louisiana, which is revoking a contract with Planned Parenthood using state Medicaid dollars, and New Hampshire, which zapped $650,000 in state taxpayer funding.
In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley sent a letter to the head of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Alabama notifying it of his decision. In Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals informed Planned Parenthood it is exercising its right to terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement.
According to the Medicaid provider contract between DHH and Planned Parenthood, along with relevant Louisiana law, either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice.
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But the Obama administration wrote threatening letters to each state claiming their move to de-fund Planned Parenthood violates federal law.
Louisiana is not backing down.
When Louisiana cut Planned Parenthood fnuding Jindal’s office said, “Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life. Pending the ongoing investigation, DHH reserves the right to amend the cancellation notice and terminate the provider agreement immediately should cause be determined.”
The governor said the state health department has “concerns that Planned Parenthood could be acting in violation of Louisiana law that states no person or group contracting with the state or receiving government assistance shall require or recommend that any woman have an abortion. The state investigation into Planned Parenthood remains ongoing.”
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The Hill reports that, “Mike Reed, a spokesman for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), indicated the state and its Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) are standing by its decision.”
He cited a provision in the state Medicaid contract allowing either party to cancel it at will, with 30 days notice.
“CMS reached out to DHH after we canceled the Medicaid provider contract with Planned Parenthood,” Reed said. “DHH explained to CMS why the state chose to exercise our right to cancel the contract without cause.”
The abortion giant praised the Obama administration saying it will “do everything in our power to protect women’s access to health care in all fifty states.”