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CEO of Planned Parenthood denies Louisville office performed illegal abortions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WDRB) -- Planned Parenthood says it hopes to resume performing abortions in Louisville within a month.

The agency stopped doing abortions in the midst of a standoff with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

Gov. Bevin claims that Planned Parenthood was performing abortions illegally, a claim it denies.

“They are operating without a license, and that will not be tolerated,” said Bevin last week after learning that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky had been offering abortion services in Louisville since mid-January.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services quickly sent a letter, ordering Planned Parenthood to stop, saying it was not in compliance with state regulations because it lacked agreements with a local hospital and ambulance service to transfer patients of emergency

“It should never have been allowed to operate because now it has put, shockingly, it has put the women’s health and their safety at risk,” said Vickie Yates Brown Grissom, the Secretary of the Cabinet Health and Family Services.

Planned Parenthood says it originally applied for a license back in November with the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear.

“From the get-go, we were in close communication to ensure that we did this right,” said Betty Cockrum, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana.

Copies of emails provided to WDRB News indicate Planned Parenthood was given assurances by the then Inspector General that it could -- in fact -- must, begin operations before it could be inspected and the license issued.

“Precedent was that you were fully operational when that surveyor came in, so that person could see you fully operational,” said Cockrum.

But the Bevin administration says Planned Parenthood was given bad advice.

“Someone in the Beshear administration must have, in spite of the fact that there are requirements and statutes in place about how you license a facility, they ignored those requirements,” said Grissom.

Planned Parenthood says the decision to suspend abortions was an act of good faith, not an admission of guilt.

“The governor’s take on it was to suggest that we were admitting that we were performing illegal abortions and, again, we just flat don’t do that,” said Cockrum.

Planned Parenthood says it hopes to resume abortions in about a month. Secretary Glissom says that is by no means guaranteed.

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