The Courier-Journal is reporting that Louisville’s Planned Parenthood moved to a new office in December. Planned Parenthood has been in Louisville for a long time, but its Louisville office did not offer abortions. That all changed this week. According to the report:
Planned Parenthood has begun offering abortions for the first time in Kentucky at a new health center it opened last month on South Seventh Street in downtown Louisville.
Operating as Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, or PPINK, the group on Jan. 21 began offering surgical and non-surgical abortion services at the health center, which replaced its former Louisville clinic on South Second Street…
The move to provide abortions is sure to be controversial in Kentucky’s political climate as several bills aimed at curbing abortion are pending in the current session of the General Assembly. Gov. Matt Bevin also has included in his proposed budget language that would bar any organization that provides abortions from receiving state funds.
And anti-abortion protests are a regular event at Louisville’s only other abortion provider, a private clinic downtown.
Downtown Louisville already has one abortion clinic. Unless that old clinic closes, we will now have two clinics performing abortions within about a mile of one another.
Planned Parenthood has fenced-in their new facility, likely making it impossible for “Speak for the Unborn” volunteers to interact with the women entering the clinic. I’m told that Planned Parenthood will be offering their services at a lower cost than the current abortion clinic. In other words, they are being shrewd and are making sure that mothers face no opposition to the decision to take the life of their unborn children. It is grotesque.
Fellow pro-lifers in Louisville, this is a call to action. We are going to need for pro-lifers to step up their support for “A Woman’s Choice/Necole’s Place” crisis pregnancy center.
Planned Parenthood is the leading provider of abortions in America. They kill over 300,000 unborn children in America every year. Now they have decided to double the infamy of abortion in Louisville. We have to respond.
UPDATE #1: In December, Planned Parenthood claimed that they had no plans to offer abortions at the new facility. Here’s how Insider Louisville reported it:
Just as the case was with their previous location, the clinic does not provide abortion services besides referrals, and Manier said they have no immediate plans to begin doing so.
Planned Parenthood had no plans a month ago to offer surgical abortions? That seems very unlikely. Why were they denying just last month that they would begin offering abortions?
UPDATE #2: This may explain why Planned Parenthood was trying to add abortion services on the quiet. The Courier-Journal reports that Governor Matt Bevin says this new service is unlicensed and illegal.
The news drew immediate fire from Gov. Matt Bevin, an anti-abortion Republican.
“They are openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed abortion facility in clear violation of the law,” Bevin said in a statement. “We will use the full force of the commonwealth to put a stop to this. There is no room in Kentucky for this kind of blatant disregard for proper legal procedure.”
A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman responded that the organization “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.”
That office is housed within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, part of state government. Planned Parenthood didn’t say whether it had yet received the license, only that it followed the guidance of the licensing agency in beginning abortion services.
Governor Matt Bevin is a strong adovocate of the pro-life cause. I can’t overstate how thankful I am that he is on the job.
Update #3: Yesterday, the Bevin adminisration ordered Planned Parenthood to “cease and desist” performing abortions at their new facility. Planned Parenthood says it has stopped offering abortions until they clear up their conflict with the State of Kentucky. Read about it here.