State Terminating Medicaid Contract With Planned Parenthood
Citing multiple videos that have graphically outlined some partial birth abortion procedures, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is terminating the organization's Medicaid provider agreement.
In a release distributed today, Gov. Bobby Jindal said:
"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."
Jindal has previously directed DHH to investigate Planned Parenthood activities in Louisiana and also sent a letter to both the Louisiana Inspector General, and the FBI, asking them to assist in the investigation.
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.
Cancellation of the contract will not jeopardize services provided to women as Planned Parenthood is just one of many providers in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.