Republican presidential candidates often solicit Governor Terry Branstad’s advice when it comes to campaigning in Iowa, and the Governor eagerly obliges. This is especially true when it comes to offering advice to a fellow governor. These candidates are wise to let Branstad bend their ear, because not only has Branstad mastered the art of governing the state of Iowa, he’s quite astute when it comes to political campaigns in Iowa.
But now, we’ve witnessed the rare occurrence when one of Branstad’s Republican collegues offered to assist him when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal penned a letter to Branstad on September 23rd at the behest of The FAMiLY Leader. The letter explains how a governor can legally cut off taxpayer dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood.
Jindal explained that, after watching the first of the gruesome videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting organs and tissues from aborted babies, he directed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to investigate the organization.
Jindal also requested that the FBI and Louisiana Inspector General’s office investigate the alleged wrongdoing of Planned Parenthood. Following the investigation, Jindal directed DHH to notify Planned Parenthood of the termination of their Medicaid contract in his state for cause. Jindal then made it clear that if Branstad had any questions, Jindal would welcome his call.
Jindal’s letter was made public after multiple Iowa newspapers quoted Branstad stating that it was not within his power to strip Planned Parenthood of the federal dollars. Branstad cited an opinion by the Iowa Attorney General, which is currently Tom Miller, a liberal Democrat.
This comes weeks after Branstad stated that Planned Parenthood receives no money to pay for abortions. While accurate, it seems that Branstad doesn’t really understand what exactly the activists in his party are advocating for, which is that any organization that is participating in the illegal selling of body parts should not receive ANY financial support from American taxpayers.
With the anti-establishment sentiment permeating the Republican presidential race, Branstad should be concerned about any backlash that may come his way. The FAMiLY Leader is also putting pressure on Branstad with a new TV ad that calls out the governor for his lack of action on this issue.