Locals voice concerns about Planned Parenthood

Credit: KLFY

A Baton Rouge judge signed a temporary restraining order late Sunday to stop the Department of Health and Hospitals from stripping Planned Parenthood of it’s state funding.

“It’s not a good idea to cut the funding, I don’t believe in abortions but don’t cut the funding,” Acadiana resident Dottie Harris told KLFY’s Kellie Brown.

The ruling, that is only good for 14 days, is a result of a brewing legal battle over Governor Bobby Jindal’s attempt to cut off the organization’s funding back in September.

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortion procedures in the country. They have two clinics in Louisiana: one in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge.

However, the organization does not provide abortions here in Louisiana.

The clinics provide birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, as well as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Harris believes people should, “Look at what the program actually offers and how the people will benefit from it before you just decide to cut a program.”

One Lafayette man said it’s a tricky situation but there can be a solution that benefits everyone.

“Find some type of common ground, where the abortion aspect wouldn’t be allowed but other services would be provided,” Said Ovide Richard III.

Planned Parenthood said more than 5-thousand low-income Medicaid patients receive their services in Louisiana.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood said that Jindal’s efforts to cut funding for it’s non-abortion related services is politically motivated.

So far, Alabama, New Hampshire and Texas have stopped Planned Parenthood from receiving state funding.

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