Why Aren’t More GOP-Led States Defunding Planned Parenthood?

Few states have defunded Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of damaging undercover videos, even though Republicans—who tend to be pro-life—control the governorship and legislature in more than 20 states.

Since the release over the summer of the videos, in which Planned Parenthood executives are seen and heard discussing the sale of body parts from babies aborted in their clinics, six states have stripped the organization of taxpayers’ money.

That small number means the pro-life movement “has not done its job” in pressing state governments to act, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told The Daily Signal.

Republicans hold the governor’s office in 31 states and, in 23 of them, enjoy majorities in both houses of the state legislature, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures.