Jindal canceling state contracts with Planned Parenthood

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal is ousting Planned Parenthood from Louisiana’s Medicaid program.

The Jindal administration announced Monday that it was ending four provider agreements that reimbursed Planned Parenthood for providing health care services to low-income women through the government-funded Medicaid insurance program.

Termination of the agreements comes after an anti-abortion group released secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research.

Jindal, a Republican running for the GOP presidential nomination, cited the videos in his announcement.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide abortions in Louisiana, but does offer family planning services, cervical exams and gynecology services to women in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The organization didn’t immediately respond Monday to the cancellation of its Medicaid provider agreements. Planned Parenthood has 30 days to appeal.

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