They're The Third State This Week
Following New Hampshire and Louisiana cutting ties with Planned Parenthood earlier this week, Alabama's governor, Robert Bentley, announced plans on Thursday for his state's Medicaid Agency to terminate its contract with the organization. "The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans. I've terminated any association with the organization in AL," Bentley tweeted. "As a doctor and Alabama’s Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me. I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not." The decision comes shortly after five videos were released by an anti-abortion group, accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling aborted fetus organs and tissue.
A statement released by his office indicates that the state is giving Planned Parenthood 15-day notice of the decision, and they then have a 60-day period to apply for a fair hearing. Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox combatted the decision in a statement: "Every year in Alabama, Planned Parenthood provides women and men with lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control options, and, STD testing and treatment. Because of our health centers, low-income, uninsured women and families were able to access high-quality affordable health care through the safety net provided by Medicaid funding."
Key Figure Comes Out Against Obama's Iran Deal
Chuck Schumer, a veteran New York senator, announced his opposition to the recent nuclear agreement with Iran. Prior to the announcement, Schumer, who is Jewish and viewed as an important political voice both within that community and outside of it, had lengthy meetings with President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.
"I’ll vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy," he said in a statement. "It is because I believe Iran won’t change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power."
A Clue In 25-Year-Old Mystery?
A new video of a major 1990 theft at a Boston museum may provide new information about the heist. Now 25 years after half a billion dollars worth of art was lifted from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a previously unreleased video shows a rookie security guard letting someone into the museum in the early morning hours on the day the crime was committed. Investigators released the video hoping that the public would help solve the largest unresolved art theft in the world. The video reportedly shows a security guard, Richard Abath, letting someone into the museum through the same door the thieves would eventually enter -- potentially for a dry run of the crime.