Planned Parenthood insists no wrong doing regarding abortions at new clinic

Planned Parenthood insists no wrong doing regarding abortions at new clinic
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Betty Cockrum (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Betty Cockrum (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Planned Parenthood Board of Directors Chair-Elect Kim Greene (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Planned Parenthood Board of Directors Chair-Elect Kim Greene (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Planned Parenthood is fighting back days after the state ordered it stop performing abortions in its new Louisville clinic.

The organization was accused by Governor Matt Bevin of operating illegally. 

Planned Parenthood released emails that detail conversations with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services inspector general, which they say proves that they have done nothing wrong, but follow procedure. 

"They are unlicensed, they are doing it knowingly they are going to be brought to justice on this front," Bevin said last week.

[RELATED: Planned Parenthood agrees not to perform abortions in Louisville pending survey]

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Betty Cockrum are now firing back.

"There is a statement out there that there is illegal activity and obviously, we are not doing that, we would not do that," Cockrum said.

Cockrum said the new family planning clinic on 7th and Breckinridge Streets has operated with guidance from the Office of the Inspector General since the beginning. 

"We have followed to the letter the process that was outlined for us, time and time and time again over the last couple of months," Cockrum said.

The emails show conversations between Planned Parenthood's attorney and the then Inspector General, Maryellen Mynear. The attorney asked for reassurance that the clinic may continue to be operational until a survey can be arranged, without fear of such services being deemed unlicensed. 

Mynear responded that she had verified with OIG staff that Planned Parenthood's summary was correct.

"We want everybody to know that we have very carefully and thoroughly followed the law and every instruction we have been given by the state government as how to proceed with this," Planned Parenthood Board of Directors Chair-Elect Kim Greene said.

Cockrum said it wasn't until the new administration took over that Planned Parenthood heard something was wrong late last week. 

"Needless to say it was pretty unfortunate that by the time Friday was over, the governor saw fit to say that we had admitted to wrong doing at no point in time did we admit wrong doing," Cockrum said. "There has been no wrong doing."

Planned Parenthood has stopped performing abortions for the time being, while they try to work this out with the state.

Monday afternoon Bevin released the following statement: 

"Facts are facts. The only policy that matters is the law as enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly. The Planned Parenthood emails do not verify anything other than that former Governor Beshear's IG ignored the plain language of a statute and advised Planned Parenthood that it could perform unlicensed abortions, and that Planned Parenthood assumed the risk by unjustifiably relying on such advice knowing that they filed an application that did not meet the requirements for licensure."

Bevin said last week, the state will continue to investigate this matter.

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