On Monday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal cut off funds for Planned Parenthood in his state, on Wednesday New Hampshire’s Republican controlled Executive Council voted to do the same in New Hampshire, and on Thursday Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced Alabama was following suit. Bentley posted a message on Twitter, saying, “As a doctor and Alabama’s governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me.” Bentley is doubtless very concerned with conception and birth, but for him to say he’s making this decision because he’s a doctor is at best disingenuous. “In 2013, some 323,490 women were in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies (in Alabama),” said Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox in response to Bentley’s decision to defund. “Let’s talk about what defunding Planned Parenthood really means: it means taking away health care services for the thousands of women, men and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care.” Bentley, a Deacon and Sunday School teacher, should have amended his explanation to defund Planned Parenthood by replacing the word ‘doctor’ with ‘pro-life Christian.’
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