Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

State of Kentucky Should Sever Ties with Planned Parenthood
DATE: August 4, 2015
CONTACT: Richard Nelson
PHONE: (270) 271-2713

Cadiz, KY—The Planned Parenthood scandal involving marketing and selling the human remains of unborn babies is now spreading to Kentucky.  According to a press release by the Kentucky State House Republican Caucus yesterday “a high-ranking official with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services admitted that it provided at least $331,300 in taxpayer funding through local health departments to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.” The funds come from the federal government but the state is still acting as a pass-through to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Commonwealth Policy Center Executive Director Richard Nelson is calling for the immediate termination of any state relationship with Planned Parenthood.  ”The videos catching Planned Parenthood officials dealing in aborted baby body parts is shocking. They should be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law; they shouldn’t receive any funding by our federal government or facilitation of funding by our state government,” Nelson said. Planned Parenthood is responsible for nearly one of every three abortions in the nation. It also received over $500 million in grants and contracts from the federal government last year.

The 44 House Republicans demanded the state sever all ties to Planned Parenthood and explained “except in emergency situations, only the Kentucky General Assembly has the constitutional authority to direct where funds, collected by the Kentucky Treasurer, will be appropriated.” “The state of Kentucky is facilitating the funding of an organization with blood on its hands. This is unconscionable,” Nelson said. “In a day when the public is decrying racist symbols on state property, how much more egregious when the state is passing money to a group profiting from the illegal sale of human organs?”