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Gov. Matt Bevin: Louisville Planned Parenthood Is Illegally Performing Abortions Without a License


"They are unlicensed. They are doing it knowingly, and they are going to brought to justice on this front."

A sign hangs in the offices of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on December 7, 2001 in New York City. Image source: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A Planned Parenthood facility in Louisville, Kentucky, is illegally performing abortions without a license, according to Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky.).

"I've always been a very strongly unapologetic pro-life individual," Bevin told reporters Thursday evening, according to WDRB-TV. "To that end, that has not changed. What I tell you is interesting, and this is just breaking news even today, is that Planned Parenthood is illegally performing abortions in Kentucky."

"It's that brazen disregard for the law that is going to be hammered down,” Bevin continued. “There is no tolerance whatsoever for people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky disregarding the law. They are unlicensed. They are doing it knowingly, and they are going to brought to justice on this front."

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Maureen Manier, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, the affiliate that operates the facility, told WDRB that the organization has “applied for an abortion facility license”:

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky applied for an abortion facility license and commenced services under the guidance of the Office of the Inspector General, the state office that is responsible for licensing health facilities.

According to WDRB, Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that their new facility in Louisville has opened, but “it actually opened on Dec. 11, 2015.” The Louisville Planned Parenthood facility recently changed locations. Not every Planned Parenthood facility is equipped to perform surgical or medical abortions, but since Jan. 21, 2016, both types have been performed at the new facility.

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