The state of Louisiana is in court fighting for its right to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business after it was caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. But the Obama administration thinks differently.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana after Governor Bobby Jindal made the decision to yank its taxpayer funding. Today, in court papers filed the same day a 9th video showed the abortion company selling aborted babies, the Obama administration sided with Planned Parenthood in the lawsuit.
AP has more on the Obama administration’s reaction today:
The U.S. Justice Department is telling a federal judge that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to oust Planned Parenthood from Louisiana’s Medicaid program appears to violate federal law. In a court filing, the DOJ says the Jindal administration hasn’t offered “sufficient reasons” to keep Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge from receiving Medicaid payments.
The legal brief, called a “statement of interest,” was filed Monday night ahead of a Wednesday hearing to determine whether Planned Parenthood will get a temporary restraining order blocking Jindal’s efforts. Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, cited a provision in state law that allows cancellation of a Medicaid provider agreement with 30-day notice.
When Louisiana cut Planned Parenthood funding 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.”
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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.”
After Louisiana and other states yanked taxpayer funding, the Obama administration threatened them — but Louisiana officials indicated they would stand their ground.
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.”
Last week, pro-life Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal expertly trolled the pro-Planned Parenthood protestors who showed up to the governor’s mansion to protest his decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding and investigate the abortion business for selling aborted babies.
Jindal played on a loop all of the seven expose’ videos showing how the abortion company sells the body parts of aborted babies. But the Planned Parenthood protesters refused to watch them — apparently the truth was too much to take. On Twitter, Jindal responded to them and how they refused to view the videos.