Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Moves to Defund State’s Planned Parenthood Affiliates

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he would act to cut off state Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood affiliates and called on state legislators to cement his policy into law.

In his State of the State speech, the Republican governor said he would ask state Department of Health and Environment Secretary Susan Mosier to “ensure that not a single dollar of taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood. I welcome legislation that would enshrine this directive in state law.”

In doing so, Kansas becomes the eighth state to take action to defund Planned Parenthood since last year’s release of hidden-camera videos linking the organization to the sale of fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

Mr. Brownback said in a Tuesday post on Facebook that, “Trafficking of ‪#‎babybodyparts is antithetical to our belief in human dignity. No more Kansas Medicaid dollars will go to Planned Parenthood.”