Planned Parenthood Seeks Dismissal of Kentucky Governor’s Lawsuit for Aborting Without License

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The abortion giant Planned Parenthood is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin over a location that was performing abortions without a license. Bevin, although identifying as pro-life, allows abortions as long as facilities are licensed according to state law.

As previously reported, Bevin announced the lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc. (PPINK) last month, as his administration stated that the Louisville location performed 23 unlicensed abortions between December and January.

Planned Parenthood has admitted that the abortions were indeed performed unlicensed, but said that the previous governor’s administration, Democrat Steve Beshear, had told them that they needed to have an unannounced inspection before they could obtain the license. The organization said that they concluded that in order to be inspected, the business would have to be open and operational.

“I don’t know how the Bevin administration proposes to resolve this apparent inconsistency in the law that you have to have an unannounced inspection before you can have a license,” attorney Thomas Clay told local television station WDRB.

Bevin’s administration noted that Planned Parenthood did submit an application for a license in November, but also provided what it called “sham” hospital and ambulance transfer agreements. The transfer agreements are required in order to be licensed, in addition to obtaining an inspection.

This placed “patients at extreme risk to their health, safety, and lives had an emergency occurred,” Bevin’s office said.

The lawsuit also accuses Beshear’s Inspector General, Maryellen Mynear, of telling Planned Parenthood officials that it was permissible to operate without a license the day before she and the rest of the previous administration left office. Bevin says that there is no such allowance in the law and that Mynear had no authority to suggest otherwise.

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Now, Planned Parenthood is seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed, calling the legal challenge a “jaw-dropping display of authoritarian hypocrisy.” It filed a motion in court on Tuesday.

“Governor Bevin is on a mission to shut down access to that in this state regardless of what the constitution requires, regardless of what our own statutory regime requires and regardless of the recommendations of his own administrative cabinet,” attorney Laura Landenwich told local television station WHAS.

“We are saying that Planned Parenthood had a defacto license that was granted by the inspector general of the cabinet, not once, but twice did she approve the paperwork by Planned Parenthood and its application for a license,” Clay added.

Bevin’s office says in response that there is no basis for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

“Planned Parenthood’s motion to dismiss has no merit. The only thing jaw-dropping about this case is the fact that Planned Parenthood performed abortions without the required emergency agreements in place to protect women,” said spokesperson Jessica Ditto in a statement.

“The law is the law. Planned Parenthood does not dispute that it performed abortions without a license and without the required emergency agreements,” she noted. “These are clear violations of the law, and Planned Parenthood is desperately trying to distract attention from this fact.”

Bevin outlined last month that he personally opposes abortion, but since the law allows it, he feels he has to abide by state law and permit facilities to be licensed regardless of his belief that abortion is murder.

“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,” he stated. “[M]y job is to ensure that they are followed regardless of my personal opinion.”

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  • Liz Litts

    More proof that these harpies don’t care about women’s health or safety. Practicing ‘medicine ‘ without a licence? and refusal to bring their death houses up to medical standards of cleanliness and safety? That’s Care?

    • Jalapeno

      Oh I care quite a bit, but.. They were told to continue practice before their inspection.

      What would you expect them to do?

  • Jalapeno

    So..they got permission to start performing abortions again, and needed to be performing abortions in order for an inspection to happen. They got told specifically that they could start before the inspection.

    They were doing everything as told.

  • MGR

    Obama declared Planned Parenthood’s chief abortionist Cecile Richards a “real life superhero.” Apparently, he’s unaware that her group’s idol — eugenicist bigot Margaret Sanger — would have preferred he not even exist. Ben Crystal

  • acontraryview

    “I recognize and accept that there are some laws on the books that I do not necessarily agree with,” he stated. “[M]y job is to ensure that they are followed regardless of my personal opinion.””

    He should have a chat with Kim Davis.

  • bowie1

    Operating without a license? What’s next-back to the coat hanger abortions? That would be ironic.

  • mai1dude39

    If abortion isn’t wrong, nothing is wrong.

    • Paige Turner

      And if you ban abortion, as you want to, what do you think Women with unwanted pregnancies will do?