Making good on his promise to “investigate” (read “dismantle”) health care provider Planned Parenthood in Louisiana — following the release of the Center of Medical Progress’ strategically tweaked videos that falsely implicate Planned Parenthood personnel in profiting from harvesting the tissue of aborted fetuses — Gov. Bobby Jindal has cut medicaid funding earmarked specifically for the wide array of medical services offered by Planned Parenthood.
Medicaid accounts for 75% of the funding given to Planned Parenthood at a national level, according to The Hill. However, pro-choice court cases arguing the protection of Medicaid subsidies for Planned Parenthood have been successful.
Elaborating on his decision, the GOP presidential candidate, whose poll ratings remain low, said the following:
“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.”
Comforting words, from a man desperately looking to demonstrate to Louisianians and the nation just how pro-woman, and, for that matter, pro-human, he is.
Like all candidates on the Republican roster, Jindal is bent on presenting a no-prisoners activist brand of conservatism supposedly absent in other GOP candidates, such as Scott Walker, who merely talk about a funding overhaul of Planned Parenthood.
Add to this the fact that Jindal has rated so low in the polls that, according to a recent report, he disqualified from participating in the first Republican primary debate, and you have all the necessary ingredients for a man willing to go to extreme lengths to pound his Anglo-Saxon credentials into the heads of every social conservative at the base.
Planned Parenthood has already shot back with its own statement, where it enunciates the detrimental impact such measures taken by a “pro-birth” southern governor would have on women, men, and young persons in Louisiana and what it suggest for the country, should Jindal succeed Barack Obama.
The organization estimates “more than 15,000 healthcare visits,” with clients walking through its doors for “basic preventive health care such as lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.”
Uninsured women and low-income residents — the most vulnerable of American society — comprise the highest percentage of persons served.
As articulated by Planned Parenthood Louisiana director Melissa Flournoy, in an era in which the Department of Public Health has already implemented drastic cuts to health care providers the state over, Jindal’s actions only exacerbates the problem for Louisiana residents.
From such statements, it is clear that Planned Parenthood has no intention of bowing down before Jindal’s political ambitions or from a fight with the broader conservative community. But, what a travesty that the governor’s ego sees the health and well-being of thousands of women, men, and children as expendable in a political chess match to win the White House.
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