District 18 State Representative Tim Moore is leading the effort to stop state funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
“Last week, after repeated requests for information, a high-ranking official with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services admitted that it provided at least $331,300 in taxpayer funding through local health departments to ‘Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky,’” Moore, who represents both Grayson and Hardin Counties in the Kentucky House of Representatives, said in a press release.
Since this discovery, Moore and every other Republican in the Kentucky House of Representatives—with the exception of two who could not be reached—have banded together to prevent further state funding to Planned Parenthood.
“Given the shocking and undeniable revelations about the marketing of organs and body parts from aborted babies, we are appalled to now learn that taxpayer dollars actually flow through Kentucky State Government into the coffers of this organization,” said Moore.
Despite the claim from the Cabinet official that only federal funds were being given to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Moore and his fellow Republican representatives, in a joint statement, call the source of the funds “irrelevant” because, with the exception of emergency situations, “only the Kentucky General Assembly has the constitutional authority to direct where funds collected by the Kentucky Treasurer will be appropriated.”
“With unlimited access to tax-payer funded women’s healthcare services guaranteed by Medicaid and Kynect, there is absolutely no reasonable justification or purpose for funneling taxpayer dollars directly or indirectly to Planned Parenthood,” Moore said.
Moore, who sparked the movement to stop the State of Kentucky’s funding of Planned Parenthood two-and-a-half weeks ago, said the majority of Kentuckians, including his constituents, have been appreciative of his effort.
“Grayson County is one of the most pro-life places I’ve ever seen,” Moore said. “I obviously feel directly in line with those views.”
Moore said he and State Representatives Robert Benvenuti, Joe Fischer, Kim King, Stan Lee, and Russell Webber, who formed the stance against providing state funding Planned Parenthood, are “absolutely committed to the effort.”
“Kentuckians will not tolerate the distribution of their tax dollars to this organization, and call upon the Governor and Attorney General to immediately and forever terminate all funding to Planned Parenthood,” Moore said.
In a follow-up interview this week, Moore said Governor Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway “have had not a word of support.”
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.