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Ky. Governor claims Planned Parenthood performs 'illegal, unlicensed' abortions

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In an address before a joint session of the General Assembly Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled a proposed biennial budget that calls for spending cuts, with most savings going toward shoring up public pension funds. In an address before a joint session of the General Assembly Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled a proposed biennial budget that calls for spending cuts, with most savings going toward shoring up public pension funds.

Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gov. Matt Bevin (R) claimed Thursday that Planned Parenthood is performing illegal and unlicensed abortions in Kentucky. 

He spoke to reporters and photographers during an unrelated event in Louisville.

"I've always been a very strongly unapologetic pro-life individual," Bevin said. "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."

He went on to say, "It's that brazen disregard for the law that is going to be hammered down. 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."

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AN AUDIO RECORDING OF THAT STATEMENT.

WDRB contacted Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Maureen Manier responded with the following statement:

"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."

Planned Parenthood announced the opening of a new health center in Louisville Thursday. It actually opened on Dec. 11, 2015. As of Jan. 21, 2016, surgical and non-surgical abortion services have been offered at the location. 

In a statement about the facility, Manier said leaders, "chose not to make a public announcement regarding the abortion services in the best interests of our patients and staff members." 

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