- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As Planned Parenthood supporters rallied near the Louisiana governor’s mansion Thursday, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office played hidden-camera videos targeting the organization, piping the sound over large speakers.

But if the effort was designed, as Jindal’s office suggested, to ensure that protesters would have to “witness first-hand,” it fell a bit short.

The video screen erected by the mansion fence wasn’t visible from the protest site across the street. The sound was difficult to hear where the five dozen protesters stood.

Planned Parenthood backers were objecting to Jindal’s decision to end Medicaid payments to the organization’s clinics, saying it limits health services for the poor.

Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, announced plans earlier this month to cut off the funding, citing the videos his staff aired Thursday.

Filmed secretly by an anti-abortion group, the videos show Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research. Abortion opponents accuse the organization of profiting from fetal tissue sales, which Planned Parenthood denies.

Federal officials have warned states that blocking Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood could violate the law.

Jindal was in South Carolina during the protest, not at the governor’s mansion.


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