Restraining Order Forces Taxpayers to Subsidize Planned Parenthood

Friday, September 18, 2015

On Friday evening U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a temporary restraining order forcing the State of Arkansas to maintain Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “What we’re talking about is the State’s freedom to decide to whom it will and will not give taxpayer dollars. Arkansans have made it very clear they do not want public funds going to abortion providers. Governor Hutchinson’s decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood is in keeping with that sentiment. This order forces the state do something voters don’t want to do, and that is award public dollars to an abortion provider.”

Cox noted the Governor’s decision to halt Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood came on the heels of a series of undercover videos in which Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discuss the sale of aborted fetal remains. “Planned Parenthood is facing inquiries from members of Congress. Many are speculating that what Planned Parenthood affiliates are doing—giving aborted babies to researchers in exchange for money—is against federal law. And it’s worth noting that recent polling by CNN shows most Americans believe abortion ought to be illegal in all but a few cases. In light of all of this, it’s understandable the State of Arkansas would have reservations about distributing public dollars to Planned Parenthood.”

Cox pointed out that few of the other services Planned Parenthood offers are controversial. “Planned Parenthood claims abortion accounts for only three-percent of what it does. Abortion is the only service Planned Parenthood offers that Americans find highly controversial. If abortion really is such a small part of their work—and if receiving public funds is so important to them—then, to me, there’s an obvious solution: Stop performing abortions.”

Cox said this case could have an impact on the state’s future ability to determine how Medicaid contracts are handled. “At stake here is whether or not the State of Arkansas has discretion in how it awards things like Medicaid reimbursements. If a federal judge can force the State of Arkansas to award funds to an abortion provider over the objections of its citizens, that’s likely to have serious repercussions down the road.”


Does Arkansas Have the Strongest Pro-Life Law in America?

2015marchforlife_banner2Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature passed The Woman’s Right to Know Act, Act 1086 of 2015.

The law amends Arkansas’ rules for informed-consent prior to an abortion. It replaces the Woman’s Right to Know Act of 2001; under the 2001 law, women had to be provided with information about abortion prior to the procedure, but the information did not necessarily have to be given in person or in a private, one-on-one setting with the woman. The 2001 law also did not include vital information–such as information on new, cutting-edge science on chemical abortion reversal.

The new law helps ensure a woman seeking an abortion will be given details on abortion, its risks, and its alternatives in a private setting, where she can ask questions and get answers.

It also requires the doctor to wait 48 hours before performing the abortion–giving the woman time to consider all the information and explore all her options.

After speaking with experts on pro-life laws, it appears Arkansas’ informed-consent law may be the strongest in the nation.


Official in Ninth Undercover Video: Abortion is “Where We Get Our Tissue”

In a ninth undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress, an official with a company that performs research on aborted babies states plainly, “they’re trying to make abortion illegal, and that’s where we get our tissue.”

The video comes as light continues to be shed on stem cell research that uses aborted fetal remains and the process by which Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers “donate” aborted babies to researchers in exchange for money–something CMP and other pro-life groups are decrying plainly “as selling baby parts.”

You can watch the ninth video below. Warning: The content is disturbing.