LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says Planned Parenthood in Louisville was given permission to perform abortions, but it was still illegal.
According to a lawsuit filed in February, Planned Parenthood on 7th Street illegally performed 23 abortions at its new Louisville facility between Dec. 3 and Jan. 28.
The issue centers around the facility’s license and whether or not it was allowed to perform abortions before that license was issued.
In a response to a motion to dismiss filed on Thursday, Bevin's administration acknowledges that Maryellen Mynear, who headed the cabinet's Office of the Inspector General under former Gov. Steve Beshear, told Planned Parenthood on Dec. 7 -- Beshear's final day in office -- that it was "longstanding policy" that clinics begin providing abortions while seeking a license.
“In this particular case, the Inspector General not once but twice authorized Planned Parenthood to commence operations in anticipation of receiving the license,” said Planned Parenthood attorney Thomas Clay.
But the original lawsuit says Mynear, who left the job in January, acted "without authority" and calls her a "sympathetic advocate willing to ignore the law." The response filed on Thursday reiterated that point.
“It certainly appears to me that they are acknowledging that Planned Parenthood began operations with the express authorization of the person who was allowed to let them commence operations,” Clay said.
Since the initial lawsuit was filed, University of Louisville Hospital has canceled a mandatory agreement to provide emergency care for women at the clinic.
Clay believes the hospital was pressured by the Governor’s office to end that agreement. General Counsel for the Governor denied that claim in a statement saying, “…No one in this administration put any pressure on anyone."
The Planned Parenthood facility has not performed an abortion since that lawsuit was filed.
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