Churchgoing Governor of Alabama Restores Medicaid Contract With Planned Parenthood

BentleyMONTGOMERY, Ala. — The churchgoing governor of Alabama has restored the state’s Medicaid contract with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, filing a joint motion in court to resolve a lawsuit over the matter after initially vowing to appeal.

As previously reported, Gov. Robert Bentley’s office wrote a letter to Planned Parenthood Southeast this past August, providing notice that the Alabama Medicaid office would discontinue the state’s agreement with the abortion giant.

According to reports, the state had reimbursed Planned Parenthood for over $4,000 for birth control and STD testings over the past year.

“I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not,” Bentley Tweeted following the release of a series of undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress. “The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans. I’ve terminated any association with the organization in AL.”

But Planned Parenthood Southeast asserted that Alabama could not legally cancel its Medicaid contract with the group. It filed suit to challenge the decision.

“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in court once again with state officials who are hell-bent on ending a woman’s ability to make her own deeply personal and private health care decisions,” President Staci Fox said in a statement.

In October, Judge Myron Thompson, who ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument placed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in 2003, agreed with the abortion giant, ruling that the contract must be restored because the absence of Medicaid funding would interfere with women’s choices in what organization they wished to use for reproductive services.

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“To conclude otherwise would not only strip the Medicaid Act’s free-choice-of-provider provision of all meaning, but also would contravene clear congressional intent to give Medicaid beneficiaries the right to receive covered services from any qualified and willing provider,” he wrote in his 66-page decision.

Bentley initially vowed to appeal the ruling, but new reports state that the Medicaid contract was reinstated on October 28th. On Monday, the governor and Planned Parenthood filed joint motions in court to end the lawsuit since the contract has been restored with the organization.

“We are pleased that Planned Parenthood can get back to its commitment to protecting access to care in the state of Alabama which remains its number one priority,” Susan Watson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Alabama, said in a statement, according to AL.com. “That is the very reason Planned Parenthood filed this lawsuit to ensure the provision of quality services to its patients.”

Bentley also released a public statement, stating that he had originally canceled the contract over concerns about the organization’s alleged harvesting of aborted baby parts. However, because the Alabama affiliate said it did not engage in the practice, and because the national Planned Parenthood office has since stated that it will discontinue receiving financial reimbursement for fetal organs, Bentley agreed to restore the contract.

“The national pressure from Alabama and other states led Planned Parenthood to change its practices and no longer engage in the despicable and inhumane practice of selling organs of unborn children,” he said. “I will always fight to protect the rights of the unborn. If any medical provider in Alabama engages in practices that are contrary to accepted standards in the future, we will use every means necessary and available to ensure that those practices end.”

Bentley states that the Medicaid funding “will specifically pay for routine gynecology exams and birth control methods for Medicaid recipients.”

The Alabama governor, who once served as a deacon and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa, has previously been at odds with his own pastor’s counsel in regards to the protection of biblical marriage.


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  • madgrandma

    Bad move for the mama’s and especially the babies sir…

    • BarkingDawg

      Medicaid funds don’t go towards abortion services.

      How is this move going to change that?

      • Josey

        No, sometimes medicaid does pay for abortions in certain circumstances but many states fund abortion through taxpayers money apart from medicaid such as through ACA (obamacare).

        • BarkingDawg

          No insurance plan is required to fund abortion

          Why do you think that taxpayers are funding abortion through the ACA?

          • Allan Brewster

            I disagree. When a woman goes to an abortion clinic she fills out the insurance form the same day she gets the abortion and the abortion clinic does not have to get approval before doing the abortion and they never do abortions that they do not get paid by the insurance company, unless the woman pays out of her pocket ahead of time.

          • BarkingDawg

            Holy run-on sentence, Batman!

            Please list the insurance companies that do this.

  • Michael Falsia

    This is why Christians very often cannot go into politics? Politics is all about compromise and the Christian cannot compromise certain things? This is one of those areas where a Christian conscience must prevail over any political responsibility? The argument that PP provides so many other necessary services for women’s health is a farce because they have enough funding to to operate on their own without aid from the government. Also there are other clinics who take medicaid who can provide the same service! This organization was a political and socialist movement from the start preying on the poor as do most leftists to advance their agenda. Margret Sanger was a wretched and evil woman. A number of women in Puerto Rico who were essentially her lab animals died under various birth control experiments that she was involved with? A tid bit that you will not hear much about? Although PBS once aired a program which gave that documented that information.

    • Jessee Michael

      PP doesn’t receive “aid” or “funding” from the government, they are reimbursed for medical services performed. They have to bill the state and await payment, just like doctors and dentists do with our insurance or Medicare plans. So it is up to the people who go there to find another place for services, if their insurance plans will cover it.

  • Rebecca

    “churchgoing” doesn’t mean anything. Being in a Church doesn’t make one a Christian any more than a person standing in a garage makes them a car.

    • Names_Stan

      The reason that analogy doesn’t work is because every person can objectively see that the person is not a car.

      Whether or not someone is a Real™ Christian is not something people can objectively see. (Doesn’t keep many of them from claiming they know. Many times its two different sides, using the same exact bible, claiming it about each other!)

      No, the person-as-car analogy doesn’t work. Maybe a valid analogy would be five people holding a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and saying whether he was or wasn’t a Christian. Two would say yes, two would say no, and one would say we couldn’t know one way or the other.

      • Rebecca

        God knows. We can know by the fruit of the person. This governor’s fruit is highly questionable.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Like you new picture, Rebecca. Merry Christmas to you!

          • Kandy

            Merry Christmas to you and your family.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Right back atya, Kandy – thank you for your faithful witness for our Lord!

          • Kandy

            And thank you.

        • Kandy

          I also like your picture too
          “Merry Christmas” to you and your family.

        • Names_Stan

          God knows.

          I didn’t even imply that God doesn’t know. As a matter of fact, it’s what I often write about: it should be God Who is the arbiter of one’s fate, rather than self-righteous, self-appointed amateur theologians.

          As for the governor, I know nothing of him or her (I forget who this was about)…but I would never presume to speak to their standing in God’s eyes even if I did.

          No more than I would of Thomas Jefferson…a man who is probably in the all-time Top Echelon of Fruit-Bearers.
          Yet who scissored all the miracles out of his New Testament.

          Self-righteousness lends itself to over-simplification. A fact Jesus brilliantly pointed out on multiple occasions.

        • OldGP

          Fruitcake

      • Allan Brewster

        From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. You can clearly tell who is a Christian and who is not by what someone consistently says. If what they say is in agreement with God’s Word then they are a Christian. If what they consistently say does not agree with God’s Word then they are not a Christian.

    • OldGP

      Neither does posting an opinion make what you think interesting.

  • BarkingDawg

    This is s legal issue to be adjudicated in a court of law, not a church.

  • Reason2012

    // “Unfortunately, we find ourselves in court once again with state officials who are … bent on ending a woman’s ability to make her own deeply personal and private health care decisions,” President Staci Fox said in a statement. //

    How is it “health” care to decide to_kill your son or daughter?
    The day before your son/daughter comes out of the womb, is it still “health” care to_kill him or her or do they now admit it’s_killing?
    What about two days before? Three?
    On what day does it change from ‘health care’ to_killing?

    Their wicked attempt to deceive others into thinking this is not_killing your son/daughter but instead all about ‘health care’ is sickening.

    The judgment of God continues to fall on our country, in part for the wicked genocide of our children.

  • afchief

    Nothing exemplifies the LEFT and LIBERAL mindset more than the outpouring of empathy for the ANCHOR BABIES of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and the RESPECT shown to HOMOS and MENTALLY ILL GENDER DYSMORPHICS like Bruce Jenner coupled with their complete indifference towards the OBSCENE violence perpetrated on UNBORN BABIES by the cretins at PLANNED BUTCHERY.

    Our nation is imploding into moral degeneracy and we are being destroyed by a government regime committed to our ruination with an abortion-defending communist aka the “president” leading the charge. Those who could remove him for treason do nothing. May God give us the strength and courage to stand and fight. God bless my fellow patriots.

    • OldGP

      You call yourself a patriot eh? A bigot would be closer to the truth.

      • afchief

        I call people like you….liars!

        • BarkingDawg

          No one cares what you say or think. You are just another crank on the Internet.

          • afchief

            Then why are you on this Christian site with you lies?

    • BarkingDawg

      So much vile hatred in one post.

      A new afchief milestone!

      • afchief

        The truth offends!!! Does it not?

  • OldGP

    Wise man.

  • acontraryview

    What does he being “churchgoing” have to do with his responsibilities as Governor?

    • BarkingDawg

      Because some people want a theocracy.