Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Friday canceled the state’s contracts with Planned Parenthood, making his the third Southern state to do so since anti-abortion activists released a series of videos that they say suggests the organization sells fetal tissue.
“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, a Republican, said in a statement.
The move comes after the U.S. government has warned states moving to defund women’s health group Planned Parenthood that they may be in conflict with federal law.
Planned Parenthood has come under massive criticism from Republicans and been investigated by several Republican-controlled states after the release of the videos by an anti-abortion activist group called the Center for Medical Progress.
It is beyond tragic that it took this for so many Republican officials to feel bold enough to move against this deceitful, ghoulish organization. What’s even more awful is that this is somehow a partisan battle. If the Democrats are so depraved that nothing about it offends them then why on Earth are we constantly electing Republicans who still value bipartisanship? There is no value in bipartisanship with a party that refers to an abortion ban after twenty weeks “draconian.” There is nothing inherently noble in compromising with people who are incessantly lying to you (“This is about women’s health!”) all the time either.
We get into these positions because most Republican politicians get suckered into using the Democrat euphemisms for their pet issues.
They’re always talking about wanting to have an honest conversation about one thing or another. How refreshing would it be if a Republican actually gave them one?