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Arkansas ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood

2 years 2 months 1 week ago Friday, August 14 2015 Aug 14, 2015 August 14, 2015 4:20 PM August 14, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrew DeMillo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's ending the state's Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, despite U.S. health officials warning other states that such a move could violate the law.

The Republican governor on Friday announced Arkansas is terminating its Medicaid provider contract with Planned Parenthood. The move came in response to secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

Alabama and Louisiana earlier this month announced they were ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood received more than $51,000 in Medicaid payments in Arkansas over the past fiscal year for family planning and gynecological services. None of the money went toward abortions.

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