Judge Dismisses Kentucky Governor’s Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood for Aborting Without License

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — A circuit court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the abortion giant Planned Parenthood filed by the governor of Kentucky 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) in February, 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 accused 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 said that there is no such allowance in the law and that Mynear had no authority to suggest otherwise.

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But weeks later, Planned Parenthood moved to have the lawsuit dismissed, calling the legal challenge a “jaw-dropping display of authoritarian hypocrisy.”

“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 stated.

On Friday, Judge Mitch Perry dismissed the suit, opining that Planned Parenthood followed the directions of state officials.

“Based simply on a change in Cabinet personnel, it defies reason that an abortion facility which opened based on the approval of the (Office of Inspector General of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services) may be then said to have willfully violated the law by the same Cabinet,” he wrote.

Perry concluded that the state was unlikely to prevail in its challenge.

Betty Cockrum, the president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, told reporters that the organization was pleased with the ruling and is “very much looking forward to that day when we can offer full services to the Louisville community and the region.”

However, Bevin spokesperson Amanda Stamper told the Courier Journal that the state will appeal “and will continue making every effort to enforce the clear laws of Kentucky.”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Talks of laws are futile when the authorities and people refuse to acknowledge God and to do what is right. Godliness is the true lawfulness. Unwanted children are not sub-humans. Abortion is murder.

  • Harry Oh!

    It’s not our job to legislate the damned into complying with what God wants. The one consolation is that it’s only the lost that are using this grisly service.

    • Amos Moses

      So we should drop all laws against murder ………… hoping that only the lost will murder the lost …….. and the taking of the life in the womb …… is that person lost also ……. well, we can just ignore that …………. is that correct ………..

      • Harry Oh!

        Amos, my point was simply that we cannot create enough laws to force mankind to do the right thing. God tried that in the OT and it simply didn’t work. America is not a Christian State and even if it was, it would be un-Biblical. God will welcome the murdered unborn straight into heaven and He will deal with the murderers in his own way, that is not your job.

        • Amos Moses

          No ……….. but we are required to do the right thing …………….. here and now ………

          “God tried that in the OT and it simply didn’t work.”

          Sorry …. God does not “try” anything ……….. He does ……….

          “God will welcome the murdered unborn straight into heaven and He will deal with the murderers in his own way, that is not your job.”

          And it is our responsibility to deal with those in this life ………… and to say otherwise is just apostasy ………..

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone for what they have done?” — Proverbs 24:11-12

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ – Jesus (Matthew 25:45)

    • Ronald Carter

      I think that in precisely NONE of those examples was the person you quoted speaking about abortion, so I’m wondering, as I’m sure many are wondering, why you posted it.

      • Amos Moses

        Dark sunglasses …………. $5
        White cane with a red tip …………. $30
        Seeing eye dog ………………… $750

        Being blind while still retaining vision in both eyes ……………….. priceless

        But also extremely sad ……………….

        • Ronald Carter

          Physician, heal thyself.

  • 201821208 :)

    “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13 & Deuteronomy 5:17
    “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment” Matthew 5:21

    • Amos Moses

      Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

      Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

      Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Nice work, Amos – excellent Scripture as always!

        Important to note is the fact that “fetus” is Latin for “little one.” Making the verses you posted even MORE powerful, if such is possible.

        In defending the most vulnerable among us, we truly are following Jesus’ commands.

        Sorry, I have not been able to follow and up-vote you enough lately – one of our sidewalk saved babies was recently born, and she is a BEAUTY! I have been doing some “Papa” time. 🙂

      • hytre64

        Prov 6:16-19
        There are six things which the Lord hates,
        Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
        Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
        And hands that shed innocent blood,
        A heart that devises wicked plans,
        Feet that run rapidly to evil,
        A false witness who utters lies,
        And one who spreads strife among brothers.

  • Mellow Fellow

    The priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen. …
    And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. — Numbers 5:21-21, 27-28

    And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. — Leviticus 27:6

    Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. — Hosea 13:16