DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad announced Monday that he has ordered a state review of Planned Parenthood funding.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety and Department of Human Services are now looking at the contract with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
The decision was made in response to a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.
As of now, no tax money is used to fund abortions. However, it is used for family planning services.
“We’re going to look at the contracts and see what our rights and responsibilities are, but I want to protect the interest of the taxpayers and I know that a lot of people feel that from viewing the videos about what Planned Parenthood has done that this is outrageous and inappropriate,” Branstad said.
There is currently no timetable for when the review will be complete. Planned Parenthood says all of its activities are legal.
The series of undercover videos do not feature any Planned Parenthood officials from Iowa.