WTVM Editorial 8/7/15: Follow the Money

WTVM Editorial 8/7/15: Follow the Money

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Those who remember the Watergate scandal, remember the phrase "Follow the Money."

The screenplay for the movie "All the President's Men" coined the phrase as a way to explain the illegal use of Nixon's campaign funds to spy on his political enemies.

Now, "Follow the Money" is a big part of the scandal involving video of Planned Parenthood executives apparently making deals to sell organs and tissue from aborted fetuses, which is illegal.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has now cut off the state's Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood because of the fetal tissue selling scandal.

No matter where you stand on the abortion issue, Bentley's action makes sense.

The lack of state Medicaid funds won't affect the ability of Planned Parenthood to perform abortions. They can't use taxpayer money for that purpose anyway.

The other health services Planned Parenthood provides are subsidized by federal funds and private donations.

But for Governor Bentley and a handful of other governors, the selling of aborted fetal tissue is reason enough to withhold state funds from Planned Parenthood.

We support a thorough investigation of the scandal to "Follow the Money" to see if cash has indeed changed hands for fetal body parts.

In the meantime, we commend Governor Bentley for taking a stand against the grizzly practice, which if proved to be true, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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