Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Files Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Feb 23
Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin has filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood for allegedly performing abortions without a license, according to Christian Today.
Bevin filed the suit on Feb. 18 against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). The lawsuit accuses PPINK of performing 23 illegal abortions in December and January.
"Although I am an unapologetically pro-life individual, I recognise and accept that there are some laws on the books that I do not necessarily agree with," said Bevin. "However, we are a nation of laws, and my job is to ensure that they are followed regardless of my personal opinion."
Bevin added that his administration will not tolerate Planned Parenthood’s disregard for the law, and that they will hold Planned Parenthood accountable.
In November 2015, during the last days of former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear's administration, PPINK filed an application for a license to operate an abortion facility in Louisville, Kentucky.
However, a day before the Beshear administration left office, the then head of the Cabinet’s Office of Inspector General, Maryellen Mynear, told Planned Parenthood that that there was a longstanding policy that said they could begin operating even without a license.
Beshear denied the existence of such a policy. In January, Bevin’s administration issued a cease and desist order against Planned Parenthood after they found that the clinic was operating without a license.
PPINK said that it "followed long-standing protocol and received necessary authorisation from the appropriate authority, the Office of Inspector General , to perform abortions at its facility while awaiting a site survey."
The Bevin administration’s lawsuit asks the court to fine Planned Parenthood $570,000 for performing the abortions without a license and an additional $114,000 for failing to have a transfer agreement with an ambulance and hospital.
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Publication date: February 23, 2016