Planned Parenthood supporters delivered more than 6,000 postcards and letters to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office Friday calling on him to back off attacks on the Louisiana health care provider.
Jindal canceled the state’s agreement with Planned Parenthood to be a Medicaid provider – a move which federal officials have warned violates federal law. Jindal also launched a state investigation into PP’s activities in Louisiana as well as Texas. The anti-abortion Jindal actions came in the wake of the release of a series of secretly recorded videos used to allege that PP engaged in the sale of fetal body parts.
Also Friday, Planned Parenthood officials responded to state health officials latest inquiry restating that there are no “fetal tissue donation programs in Texas currently” where some of its facilities perform abortions.
Planned Parenthood facilities in Baton Rouge and New Orleans do not offer abortion services. They provide services such as well-women exams, cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and pregnancy testing and options counseling.
The group of women’s health care supporters asked Jindal to “put politics aside.”
“We need more health care providers dedicated to caring for women in New Orleans and Baton Rouge – not less,” Planned Parenthood Louisiana’s affiliate director Melissa Flournoy said. “Backed by thousands of supporters from around the state, we’re here to tell Governor Jindal directly: Planned Parenthood will fight these attacks on our patients and all Louisiana women with everything we have got.”
Flournoy said more than 5,000 low-income Louisianan were able to get “high-quality affordable health care” last year provided by Medicaid funding.
Jindal spokesman Doug Cain confirmed the office’s receipt of the postcards and letters. There was no other comment from the governor’s office.