At least two states scrutinize Planned Parenthood future closely

Friday, July 17, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The troubled New Orleans Planned Parenthood is facing a state probe and could find its opening date delayed or perhaps cancelled. And Ohio is taking a look at the abortion giant to determine whether it ought to retain its status as a nonprofit organization there.

Promptly after release of an undercover video of a Planned Parenthood executive describing the sale of tissue and organs of aborted children, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was moved to take action, as Benjamin Clapper of the Louisiana Pro-Life Federation tells OneNewsNow. 

Clapper

“Governor Jindal sees possibly illegal activities both in the sale of fetal remains and the partial-birth abortions that would be performed by Planned Parenthood in order to extract these organs and fetal body parts,” he says.

Governor Jindal has called for an investigation of possible wrongdoing - and until that is complete, the New Orleans Planned Parenthood will not be given a license to operate.

“Planned Parenthood is currently building the facility so they're allowed to continue construction,” Clapper explains. “It's just that when they apply for the license, if the governor's order is still in place and the investigation has not been resolved, then they will not be able to obtain a license for an abortion facility and they won't be able to perform abortions on site.”

Meanwhile, Ohio is taking a look at Planned Parenthood in the state to determine whether it ought to retain its status as a nonprofit organization.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood operations in that state after the video revealing that the abortion giant sells tissue and body parts of aborted babies was made public. Katherine Franklin of Ohio Right to Life tells OneNewsNow that Ohio banned the sale of aborted babies and their organs in 1974. 

“The law has withstood the test of time because, one, it protects poor people from being incentivized to abort their babies, but also it maintains a least a shred of dignity for the unborn baby who Planned Parenthood is now selling piece by piece,” Franklin says.

Planned Parenthood has responded by saying the parts are not sold, but they do accept a donation to cover shipping and handling.

“It's clearly a [financial] transaction that's taking place,” she says. “The executive said that these parts go for anywhere from $30 to $100, so that's admission to some kind of transaction. So we're not buying it, and I don't think that the American public's going to buy it either.”

Ohio is investigating Planned Parenthood under the Charitable Law Section of the attorney general's office - and if they're not in compliance with the law, their charitable status could be dropped. The governor and lieutenant governor of Texas are also calling for probes in their state.

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