State Sen. Danny Carroll (R-Paducah) has added his voice to the call for an end to Planned Parenthood funding in Kentucky.
(CNN)Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday defended his past use of tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research even as he continued to criticize Planned Parenthood. He told host Megyn Kelly that “there’s nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue” and that the benefits to research were “over-promised” and “under-delivered”. Rumors sparked when an anti-abortion group released a video footage allegedly showing PP employees discussing the sale of fetal body parts for research.
“Planned Parenthood provides a host of vital services such as pap smears, contraception, STD testing, and sexual education, without these services, the community would be at a loss”, said Lewis.
The House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Judiciary committees had asked the company to explain its ties with Planned Parenthood after the release of the videos, according to Politico.
Attempts to terminate Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood could be construed as illegal restriction of beneficiary access to services, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press.
Carson, who supports eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood because it supplies fetal tissue, has said that medical research does not require aborted fetuses. But the pro-life candidate is defending himself, saying the “pathetic attacks” being employed by abortionists are only distorting people’s views against Planned Parenthood and abortion.
CMS could withhold federal Medicaid funds to the states if it deems them out of compliance with federal law, and Planned Parenthood has said it is considering a lawsuit in Louisiana.
A Republican state senator wants to cut off the reimbursements health care providers receive for handling donated tissue from aborted or miscarried fetuses.
More than two-thirds of the money for the state’s Medicaid program comes from the federal government.
“You have to look at the intent”, he said before launching a campaign tour through New Hampshire.
In response to the action by DHS, Angie Remington, public relations manager with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which includes the Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma district, issued a statement calling the governor’s action ” political grandstanding” that could have devastating consequences for women.