La. House Panel Passes Measures Targeting Planned Parenthood

May 23, 2013 — A Louisiana House panel on Tuesday endorsed a resolution (HR 105) that would suspend Planned Parenthood funding, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

The measure now proceeds to the House floor for consideration.

The resolution -- proposed by state Rep. Frank Hoffman -- urges the suspension of federal and state funding to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast pending the outcome of two federal lawsuits that allege fraudulent billing practices. The suits do not involve any facilities in Louisiana (Shuler, Baton Rouge Advocate, 5/22).

The resolution also calls on the state Department of Health and Hospitals, Department of Administration, Legislative Auditor and Office of the Inspector General to investigate and monitor PPGC.

PPGC -- which has facilities in Louisiana and Texas -- was scheduled to break ground this week on a new location in New Orleans.

In testimony before the House committee, Bioethics Defense Fund attorney Dorinda Bordlee claimed that PPGC has been using its Medicaid contract to provide abortions at its Texas locations.

PPGC did not testify on Tuesday but said in a statement that its government funding is only used for "essential preventive health care" that does not include abortion services (Kumar, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 5/22).

The state Senate approved a similar measure (SCR 57) on Monday (Deslatte, AP/NECN, 5/21).