Iowa’s governor orders review of Planned Parenthood funding over baby parts scandal
DES MOINES, IA, August 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered a review of funding for Planned Parenthood in his state.
According to The Des Moines Register, Branstad said that while no state funds pay for abortion, and no appropriations come from the state's legislature, funding does come from two state departments that coordinate with federal agencies.
“We are to look at the contracts and see what our rights and responsibilities are. I want to protect the interests of the taxpayers,” said Branstad. The two agencies that work with Planned Parenthood are the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
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In addition to his comments, Branstad spoke at the "Truth Exposed" rally at the state capitol, which was held in reaction to the six videos showing Planned Parenthood officials engaging in illegal fetal harvesting and illegal abortions. The Register reports that more than 1,000 people attended the rally.
Branstad is not the only major politician from Iowa to react to the videos. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a freshman Republican, introduced defunding legislation that failed to pass in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.