Gov. Bobby Jindal Blames Planned Parenthood For Louisiana's High STD, Teen Pregnancy Rates (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana recently placed the blame for his state's high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases on Planned Parenthood (video below).

Jindal made his claim during an interview on Sept. 8 with Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway, who asked him about an editorial by The Des Moines Register's editorial board, which called out Jindal for cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. The newspaper noted that Planned Parenthood provides STD testing, cancer screenings and contraception, but does not provide abortions in Louisiana, or fetal tissue research.

Conway and Jindal blamed Planned Parenthood's two clinics in the state for Louisiana's terrible record on health care, notes RightWingWatch.org.

"So what they're saying is, 'Planned Parenthood doesn't work,'" Conway claimed.

“That's exactly right, you took the words right out of my mouth: If they’re doing such a great job, why aren’t these things better?” Jindal asked. “We should cancel their contract for no other reason, just that they’re awful at what they do.”

Under Jindal's administration, the state has cut funding on preventing STDs, noted The Shreveport Times in 2014.

Jindal has also refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which would provide 193,000 Louisiana residents with health coverage, according to a report by the White House, The Times-Picayune reported in June.

Sources: RightWingWatch.org, The Des Moines Register, The Shreveport Times, The Times-Picayune / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr