STATE LAWMAKER: GOVERNOR MUST DEFUND SUBSIDIZED ABORTION PROVIDER
|| By FITSNEWS || The state lawmaker leading South Carolina’s legislative response to the Planned Parenthood scandal says S.C. governor Nikki Haley isn’t doing enough to crack down on the organization.
S.C. Rep. Donna Hicks – tasked by S.C. Speaker of the House Jay Lucas last month to lead the legislative push – says Haley is failing to hold the government-subsidized abortion provider accountable for its gruesome fetal body parts scam.
“The governor has the ability to defund Planned Parenthood today,” Hicks said. “Several states have cancelled Medicaid contracts, grants and other sources of funding for Planned Parenthood. We don’t know how long an investigation will take, but what we do know is that we don’t want another tax dollar going to fund the horrible practices of Planned Parenthood.”
According to Hicks, each of the state’s four Medicaid contractors – Unisom, Select Health, Blue Choice and Absolute Total Care – feature varying opt-out provisions in their contracts.
A week ago, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson took executive action on this issue – ordering the state’s Department of Health Services to terminated Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement.
“It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them,” Hutchinson wrote. “This includes their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.”
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal – a 2016 presidential candidate – has also terminated his state’s Planned Parenthood contracts in the aftermath of the latest scandal.
Haley? She’s merely called for an investigation. Not only that, an investigation that’s already been conducted.
Four months ago, this website broke the news of that probe – a S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC) report accusing the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) of inconsistently inspecting and monitoring abortion clinics in the Palmetto State.
SCDHEC is the agency Haley now wants to probe Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood needs to be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – but more than that it needs to be defunded immediately,” Hicks said. “I call on the governor of South Carolina not only to perform a deep, exhaustive investigation into Planned Parenthood – but to defund it today.”
In addition to state-level efforts, federal lawmakers are working to defund Planned Parenthood and investigate its harvesting and sale of fetal organs. Among them? U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who are leading the effort in Washington, D.C. on that front (see here and here).
Unfortunately, their efforts are unlikely to succeed as almost every Democrat – and a handful of “Republicans” – in the U.S. Senate support ongoing funding for Planned Parenthood. Meaning the Senate lacks the sixty votes it needs to bring a defunding bill to the floor for a debate.
Hicks said Haley’s letter was “disappointing” in light of the sheer savagery of the Planned Parenthood scam – which has been exposed by a series of undercover videos. In the clips, Planned Parenthood executives discuss the menu of fetal body parts available, as well as efforts to keep the scam hidden from the public.
In related videos the organization – which receives $500 million annually from U.S. taxpayers – is accused of harvesting the fetal organs without parental consent.
“Planned Parenthood uses women and their prenatal children for profit,” Hicks said. “They betray women by pushing abortion above all else. For every 149 abortions, Planned Parenthood makes one adoption referral.”
We’re with Hicks on this issue …
Haley is trying to reap the political benefits of going after Planned Parenthood – without actually going after them.