MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday afternoon he is terminating state funding to Planned Parenthood.
This announcement comes after a controversial video was released accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts.
"The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans, and I have decided to stop any association with the organization in Alabama," Bentley said in a statement. "As a doctor and Alabama's Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important. I respect human life and do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not."
Bentley sent a letter to Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox informing her of the decision to end the agreement between Alabama Medicaid and Planned Parenthood Southeast Thursday. The termination will go into effect in 15 days.
Planned Parenthood Southeast has two locations in Alabama, one in Mobile and one in Birmingham.
According to the Alabama Medicaid Agency, a total of $4,351.37 has been paid to Planned Parenthood Southeast over the last two years. In 2014, $933.79 was paid for an office visit, one intrauterine device insertion and injections. This year, $3,417.58 has been paid for office visits, insertion of contraceptive implants, contraceptive injections, intrauterine device insertions and other injections.
Fox released a statement Thursday afternoon saying:
According to the governor's letter, Planned Parenthood Southeast can request a hearing with Alabama Medicaid.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a similar decision earlier this week.