War On Women

Alabama Forced to Cover Planned Parenthood’s Legal Fees, Governor Calls it a “Win”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was the first but not the last governor who unilaterally terminated his state's Medicaid provider contract with Planned Parenthood.

I suspect he also won't be the last governor forced to cover Planned Parenthood's legal fees because he overstepped his authority for unsubstantiated reasons.

Planned Parenthood clinics in Alabama do not participate in fetal tissue research programs and they never did, but Governor Bentley adamantly believes he forced them to discontinue a program that never existed.

"It was a win," the governor said. "Headlines may not show it was a win, but it was a win. When you can get an organization like Planned Parenthood that was doing such despicable things as selling body parts – regardless of how you feel about abortion, and whether you think abortion should be legal or not, selling body parts and doing an abortion to harvest body parts is a despicable act."

Selling body parts on some kind of black market would indeed be despicable. The good news is it never happened.

We can confirm that it never happened because Planned Parenthood won in court. Alabama lost. Governor Bentley lost.

I honestly don't know if Governor Bentley is lying his ass off or is actually dumber than shit. If anyone from Alabama is reading this, maybe they can enlighten us.

  • muselet

    A man is standing on a street corner, snapping his fingers. A passerby stops and politely asks, “Why are you doing that?”
    “I’m keeping the tigers away.”
    “What are you talking about? Tigers don’t live in this part of the world.”
    “See how well it works?”

    Robert Bentley wastes $51,000 of taxpayers’ money defending his indefensible decision to cancel Alabama’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, then brags that he’s made PP stop doing what it never did in Alabama.

    I fail to see the difference.

    –alopecia

  • Victor the Crab

    I honestly don’t know if Governor Bentley is lying his ass off or is actually dumber than shit.

    Why not both?

    • muselet

      Given what Matt Osborne has written about Robert Bentley at Breitbart Unmasked, I’d say “both” is the correct answer.

      –alopecia

  • “When you can get an organization like Planned Parenthood that was doing
    such despicable things as selling body parts – regardless of how you
    feel about abortion, and whether you think abortion should be legal or
    not, selling body parts and doing an abortion to harvest body parts is a
    despicable act.”

    The two parts of that sentence, separated by the dash, don’t equal a complete thought. When you can get an organization like PP . . . what? Get them what?

    Of course there is no verb to put into that sentence, and most of his constituents won’t notice because he mentioned baby parts.

    • farker

      I understand that Political speech is generally granted the highest level of 1st Amendment protection, but when a politician like Bentley or Cruz personally and explicitly defames a private organization, I don’t understand how that can’t be actionable.
      it’d be delicious to see these lying asses made personally responsible for their malicious lies.

  • Ned F

    It’s a win for Bentley because he gets to keep raking in all that anti abortion evangelical cash. Just because the state lost in court, and the taxpayers had to pay the legal costs, that will never occur to his voters.

    • the taxpayers had to pay the legal costs, that will never occur to his voters

      Same thing happens here in AZ. Sherriff Joe Arpaio has cost the county and the state tens of millions of dollars in settlements and court costs for everything from wrongful death to violation of civil rights. And Maricopa County voters keep re-electing him. By all objective standards he is truly one of the worst sherriffs the US has ever seen and they just love him to pieces.

    • cleos_mom

      You’d think they all lived in Kansas.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Why has no one ever asked any of the following follow-up questions:

    If Planned Parenthood is “selling body parts,” who is buying them? Why do the buyers want them? What are the buyers doing with them? What is their value? Why is there a market for them? And why aren’t you, the GOP, and the right-wing media identifying, let alone pursuing or castigating, those buyers?

    And, doesn’t it offend your deep and abiding devotion to capitalism to try to destroy an entire commercial product market?

    • i_a_c

      Your first problem is that you’re asking questions of conservatives. There are no answers, just whichever bumper sticker non sequitur is convenient.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Well, of course. But these questions would have to at least be answerable if the whole “PP sells baby parts for profit” meme is to make a lick of sense.