Sen. Gary Stubblefield prepares to present H.B. 1408 in committee.

On Wednesday afternoon the Senate Public Health Committee passed H.B. 1408 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Springdale) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch).

This good bill helps prevent abortion providers and their affiliates in Arkansas from receiving Medicaid reimbursements from the state.

In 2015 Governor Hutchinson ordered the state to quit providing Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood clinics after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs and tissue harvested from aborted babies.

Following a lengthy lawsuit, a federal panel of judges ruled in 2017 that the state has the power to cut Medicaid funds to abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider. Nobody should have to subsidize abortion providers with their tax dollars.

H.B. 1408 helps address that in state law

The bill already has passed the Arkansas House of Representatives. It now goes to the entire Arkansas Senate for consideration.