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Published On: Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016

Kentucky Gov Matt Bevin sues Planned Parenthood over 23 illegal abortions

Kentucky’s new governor, Matt Bevin, has sued his state’s Planned Parenthood chapter for allegedly conducting 23 illegal abortions.

According to a lawsuit filed by Governor Matt Bevin, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc. (PPINK) operated “an unlicensed abortion facility without hospital and ambulance transfer agreements” that ended the lives of 23 unborn children. Planned Parenthood did the abortions as its license and transfer agreements were being processed, this Bevin says is illegal.

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

“Although I am an unapologetically pro-life individual, I recognize and accept that there are some laws on the books that I do not necessarily agree with,” Bevin said in a statement. “However, we are a nation of laws, and my job is to ensure that they are followed regardless of my personal opinion. This administration will have no tolerance for the type of brazen disregard that Planned Parenthood has shown for both the safety of women and the rule of law. We will hold Planned Parenthood accountable for knowingly endangering their patients by providing illegal abortions at a facility that was not properly licensed nor prepared to handle an emergency.”

Planned Parenthood has has stopped abortions at the clinic while the license dispute is ongoing. They said in a statement that “[w]e ask that the executive branch continue the licensure process rather than continue to make politically motivated accusations.”

In January, president and CEO Betty Cockrum said, “We in no way, shape or form would contemplate offering abortion procedures in anything but a legal environment.”

In a press conference on Thursday, PPINK said it had permission from the administration of Bevin’s predecessor, Governor Steve Beshear, to conduct abortions as the license was being approved. Bevin, however, said in his lawsuit that former Cabinet for Health and Family Services inspector general Maryellen Mynear falsely gave retroactive permission to PPINK after it started doing abortions at the clinic and that a “long standing OIG policy” allowing abortion clinics to operate without licenses had no legal foundation.

“We applaud the Commonwealth of Kentucky for taking this important and strong action,” said Indiana Right to Life president and CEO Mike Fichter in a statement. “If the allegations made in this suit are proved correct, Planned Parenthood should be permanently barred from doing abortions in Kentucky. We also encourage Indiana officials to exert the highest degree of scrutiny to ensure that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is operating within the law in our state.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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