Alabama Governor Cuts All Planned Parenthood Funding

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced on Thursday that Planned Parenthood will no longer receive funding from the state.

Bentley took to Twitter to spread the news in a series of tweets.

"The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans," he tweeted. "I've terminated any association with the organization in AL."

"As a doctor and Alabama's Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me," a follow up tweet reads.

A formal letter was sent to Staci Fox, CEO of Planned Parenthood, informing her of the Alabama Medicaid Agency's decision.

"…the Agency is exercising its ability to terminate the existing agreement(s) with Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. with fifteen (15) days written notice," the letter reads.

Planned Parenthood has 60 days to apply for a fair hearing if it does not agree with the Agency's decision.

Staci Fox said the lack of funding will hurt low-income and uninsured women and men.

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

Bentley's announcement comes after The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion organization, unveiled five videos that allegedly show the illegal sale of organs and tissue from aborted fetuses within Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood's executive vice president, Dawn Laguens, largely denounced the validity of the videos in an Aug. 4 statement.

"Extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood's mission and services are making outrageous and completely false claims," part of the statement reads. "They are engaged in fraud, and other claims they've made have been discredited and disproven."

"The real agenda of these attacks has become totally clear: to ban abortion and limit women's access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. The vast majority of the public rejects this extreme political agenda and rejects the fraudulent campaign behind it."

The anti-abortion group plans on releasing more videos on Planned Parenthood.

Alabama became the third state this week to cut state funding for Planned Parenthood, following Louisiana and New Hampshire.

Sources: WIATCNN (2)Gov. Bentley TwitterPlanned Parenthood

Photo Credit: Nic Gulas/WIAT