By Amanda Creech
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced that on July 28 it received official notice from the Indiana State Department of Health that the health centers at the center of a recent investigation are compliant with state regulations.
“We are pleased this unfounded complaint is resolved,” Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. “As we’ve said all along, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky doesn’t participate in a tissue donation program. We hold compliance with all laws and regulations as an imperative. We’re not surprised the surveyors found the claims unsubstantiated. Perhaps now Indiana’s executive leadership will focus on measures such as teen pregnancy prevention and reducing the cycle of poverty to truly advance the dream of thriving Hoosier families.”
The Merrillville, Bloomington and Indianapolis centers were investigated in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s call for investigation earlier this month. Pence ordered the investigation in response to a video released by an anti-abortion group that went viral. The hidden-camera video shows Planned Parenthood’s national senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, allegedly discussing prices for what she refers to as “specimens.” She goes on to graphically describe the abortion procedures the group’s physicians commonly use to keep certain organs intact.
Under federal and state law, the buying or selling of human body parts is a felony.
Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, said the video was “grossly overstated.”
“People are trying to find something when there wasn’t anything there,” Errington said. “When it comes to Indiana, the state department of health has revealed that there is nothing here in Indiana for anyone to be concerned about.”
The Center for Medical Progress posted the video on its website.
Surveyors inspected the three centers where abortions are performed and the Indiana State Department of Health found there to be no violations of state law or regulations. No licensure deficiencies were noted as a result of their inspections.
Errington said the investigation, as far as Indiana is concerned, was not needed.
“But since it happened we know that at Planned Parenthood in Indiana, the investigation turned up nothing,” she said. “But what bothers me is Planned Parenthood does so much good by helping women prevent pregnancy with birth control and yet there are people who have an agenda who are looking for something.”
Emails to the governor were not immediately returned.
Amanda Creech is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students.