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State Investigations Of Planned Parenthood Coming Up Empty

| by Michael Allen

Undercover videos that appeared to show some employees of Planned Parenthood talking about fetal tissue donation and the prices for procurement were released in July and August by anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, prompting conservative outrage and investigations into the organization, mostly in Republican states.

Investigations of Planned Parenthood clinics in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Dakota have failed to turn up any wrongdoing, but have burned through thousands in taxpayer funds, notes Mother Jones.

Ohio, Arizona, Texas and Kansas are also investigating Planned Parenthood, but the health organization doesn't do fetal tissue procurement in those states.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana ordered a state investigation in July, but Planned Parenthood doesn't perform abortions in that state, reported The Times-Picayune.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation, told The Huffington Post:

"In every state where these investigations have concluded, officials have cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing. We've said all along that Planned Parenthood follows all laws and has very high medical standards, and that's what every one of these investigations has found."

Casey Mattox, an attorney for the pro-Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal: "Even the suspicion of violation of the law can lead to termination or suspension of state dollars to Planned Parenthood and other service providers."

Alabama and Louisiana may have used that reasoning to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, even though there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, told Alabama and Louisiana earlier this month that they may have violated federal law because women may lose their access to important preventive care, including cancer screenings, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Sources: Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, The Daily Signal, The Times-Picayune, The Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

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