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Arkansas and Utah defund Planned Parenthood over aborted baby parts scandal

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Two more states have defunded Planned Parenthood in light of videos showing the organization is engaged in the illegal sale of body parts from aborted babies.

On Friday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said that "allegations against Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling," and ordered his state's Department of Health to stop sending federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson likewise said his state was ending Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. “It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them,” Hutchinson said in a statement.

More than $400 million of Planned Parenthood's over $500 million in public funding comes from Medicaid and other programs that combine state and federal funds.

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Five states have now defunded Planned Parenthood in the wake of the scandal, the others being Alabama, New Hampshire, and Louisiana. The Daily Signal reports that 13 states have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood's practices after the Center for Medical Progress' undercover video series was launched earlier this summer.

The six videos released thus far present strong evidence of illegal fetal harvesting, illegal partial-birth abortions, and that Planned Parenthood employees are modifying abortions to preserve body parts for sale. The videos are not just affecting Planned Parenthood's relationships with states – last week, the for-profit biomedical giant Stem Express announced that it was ending its relationship with Planned Parenthood.

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