Bobby Jindal Defunds Louisiana Planned Parenthood Clinics

| by Michael Allen

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana terminated the funding of Planned Parenthood in his state based on some controversial videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives discussing fetal tissue donation for scientific research.

While the language used by the executives in the undercover videos taken by a pro-life group has shocked many, there is no evidence that any crime was committed.

The Hill notes that Jindal ended Louisiana's Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, a move that has previously been beaten in the courts.

Jindal announced in a statement:

In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life. It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.

Talking Points Memo reports that the two Planned Parenthood clinics in Jindal's state don't provide abortion services, but will lose their funding regardless.

A third Planned Parenthood clinic under construction in New Orleans would offer abortion, but no fetal tissue donation.

The U.S. Senate came up short today in a vote to advance a defunding measure. The mostly-Republican majority needed 60 votes, but only got 53, notes The Huffington Post.

Ironically, Republicans co-sponsored and voted for a bill in 1993 that "[a]uthorizes and regulates research on human fetal tissue transplantation without regard to whether the tissue is obtained after a spontaneous or induced abortion or a stillbirth."

The National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act of 1993 became law, thanks to GOP support.

Sources: Talking Points Memo, The Hill, GovTrack.us (2), The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr