Alabama Becomes Third State to Defund Planned Parenthood

Alabama’s Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is choking off funds for Planned Parenthood under Medicaid, the third state to move against the organization amid a controversy over the group’s sale of fetal tissue.

The decision, announced Thursday, follows a similar move in Louisiana to cancel the Medicaid contract there.

Separately, New Hampshire’s executive council rejected a family planning contract for Planned Parenthood, The Hill reports.

A Senate vote to defund the group federally failed Monday.

“The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans, and I have terminated any association with the organization in Alabama,” Bentley said in a statement.

“As a doctor and Alabama’s Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me. I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not.”