Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, for performing abortions without a license in a new Louisville facility. While the lawsuit alleges that 23 illegal abortions were carried out in the facility between December and January, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) says it was operating under instructions from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services when it began offering abortions at the clinic in December. “We in no way, shape or form would contemplate offering abortion procedures in anything but a legal environment,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of PPINK. The lawsuit ask for Planned Parenthood to be fined up to $684,000, “in order to punish it for its callous and knowing violations of law and to deter it and others from such violations in the future,” according to a press release by the Governor. In the meantime, PPINK has suspended all abortions at the Louisville facility, while trying to resolve the dispute over the clinic’s license.
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