Haley’s Comment: Gov. Fires Back at Planned Parenthood

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Not everyone agrees with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) that Planned Parenthood is “one of the finest organizations in America!” Just ask Governor Nicki Haley (R-S.C.). Like several other states, South Carolina was so appalled by the group’s black market for baby parts that it launched its own internal investigation of Cecile Richards’s group. What it found was nothing short of shocking.

According to the state government’s report, the President’s favorite abortion group exhibits the same disregard for laws that it does for lives. The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control [DHEC] discovered so much wrongdoing that it had to temporarily shut down operations.

“The entire country was shocked by the videos showing Planned Parenthood employees’ horrifying disregard for human life. That prompted me to ask our appropriate state agency to investigate whether such wrongdoing was taking place in our state. The DHEC has…concluded that all three abortion clinics in the state are in fact in violation of South Carolina laws or regulations. This is completely unacceptable,” Governor Haley told the press. “I fully support DHEC’s actions, including its referral of the matter to SLED. South Carolina is a compassionate state, and we are a state of laws. We will not tolerate law-breaking of any kind, particularly as it relates to the callous treatment of human life.”

Meanwhile, in Ohio, Governor John Kasich (R) doesn’t seem to understand what all the fuss is about. While Planned Parenthood rips apart tiny children for profit, the self-identified “pro-lifer” thinks conservatives “focus too much on just” abortion. Kasich has yet to respond to pro-life leaders in Ohio calling on him to follow the lead of conservative governors and cut off the $1.3 million in state funds going to the abortion giant.

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In the meantime, even Office Depot is coming to its senses on the changing political landscape. After refusing to make 500 copies of a pro-life flyer for a Catholic priest, the company abruptly reversed course after a flood of complaints — including a legal one from Thomas More Society. Despite insisting the prayer “‘falls within the definition of graphic material and/or ‘hate material,'” CEO Roland Smith later apologized and welcomed the customer to come back. “Our initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs.”

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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