Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s administration has filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc.
The suit, filed today in Jefferson County Court Division 3, claims the downtown Louisville facility performed 23 abortions unlawfully from Dec. 3, 215 – Jan. 28, 2016.
The suit says there is a “significant fine” for any abortion performed without a license.
The Bevin administration, through Cabinet for Health and Family Services claims the facility was not licensed to perform abortions, citing proper “transfer agreements.” (Click here to see the pre-filed draft of the full complaint). Transfer agreements are agreements Planned Parenthood has with hospitals, in case an emergency requires patients to have medical attention.
The lawsuit is the latest development between the Bevin administration and Planned Parenthood. The lawsuit alleges that former Inspector General Maryellen Mynear – on former Governor Steve Beshear’s last day of office – inappropriately granted the facility approval to perform abortions. “Mynear’s actions ignored clear statutory law and were without authority,” the suit claims.
Planned Parenthood ceased performing abortions in January while the issue was being resolved.
“Although I am an unapologetically prolife individual, I recognize and accept that there are some laws on the books that I do not necessarily agree with,” said Governor Bevin. “However, we are a nation of laws, and my job is to ensure that they are followed regardless of my personal opinion. This administration will have no tolerance for the type of brazen disregard that Planned Parenthood has shown for both the safety of women and the rule of law. We will hold Planned Parenthood accountable for knowingly endangering their patients by providing illegal abortions at a facility that was not properly licensed nor prepared to handle an emergency.”