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Current Events PopWrapped | Current Events

Planned Parenthood Defunded In Alabama

Kristina Atienza | PopWrapped Author

Kristina Atienza

08/10/2015 9:35 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
Planned Parenthood Defunded In Alabama | Planned Parenthood
Media Courtesy of teresco.org

With Planned Parenthood losing funding in Alabama, this brings the national health organization to a total of three states that have stopped providing state financial support.

The move came this week from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, a two-term Republican and medical doctor, after the release of sting videos by an anti-abortion group. The videos reportedly show organization officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue.

Several different political figures, including Republican presidential candidates and some governors, want Planned Parenthood to be investigation after the undercover videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, who intend to release more videos.

"I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not," Bentley tweeted.

The governor's office released an official statement declaring that the Alabama Medicaid Agency will terminate its contract with the women's health organization with a 15-day notice. Planned Parenthood does, however, have 60 days to apply for a fair hearing if they oppose the decision.

Organization officials deny breaking any laws and accuse the Center for Medical Progress of heavily editing the videos.

Planned Parenthood serves many purposes for men and women. Other than providing abortion services, the organization provides information on things such as birth control, men and women's sexual health, sexuality and gender identity.

Staci Fox, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said how the loss of state funding will affect thousands of low-income and uninsured men and women of the services that the organization provides.

"The courts have been clear that the federal law prohibits states from excluding abortion providers from Medicaid," Fox said. "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."


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