A Louisville, Kentucky hospital is cutting ties with the Planned Parenthood abortion business not long after the state caught one of its branches doing abortions without a license.
The University of Louisville Hospital, operated by KentuckyOne Health, ended its transfer agreement with the Planned Parenthood Kentucky affiliate, according to WLKY 32. The state requires abortionists to have hospital transfer agreements in case of patient emergencies.
According to the report:
Planned Parenthood attorney Thomas Clay says the organization was told Tuesday by hospital officials they were under incredible pressure from the state to terminate the agreement, and that the hospital’s state funding was threatened if they didn’t cancel the agreement.
The state requires clinics that provide abortions to keep a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of unexpected complications.
KentuckyOne Health spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic says a transfer agreement is not necessary and that no patient will be turned away.
Gov. [Matt] Bevin spokesman Steve Pitt says no one from the administration was involved in the alleged pressuring of University Hospital.
The Courier Journal reports Mackovic did not respond to questions about the source of the alleged outside pressure that Planned Parenthood claims is occurring.
Clay, however, blamed Bevin’s administration for underhanded dealings and said he is considering a lawsuit.
“They are engaged in surreptitious conduct obviously designed to thwart Planned Parenthood’s goal of obtaining a license,” Clay said. “It remains to be seen if those efforts will be successful.”
However, Bevin’s spokesman told the newspaper: “Planned Parenthood is making baseless and irresponsible accusations to distract from the undeniable fact that they performed unlicensed abortions without the essential agreements in place to protect women’s health. No one in this administration put any pressure on anyone.”
Planned Parenthood’s accusations come after its new Louisville abortion facility is embroiled in scandal for allegedly doing 23 illegal abortions in December and January.
Bevin’s administration shut down the new Louisville Planned Parenthood’s abortion operation at the end of January after discovering the facility was doing abortions without a license. In February, the state filed a lawsuit against the abortion clinic, LifeNews reported. Planned Parenthood’s attorneys recently filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.
According to WKMS, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which filed the lawsuit, is seeking more than $900,000 in fines for the violations. According to the lawsuit, the abortion clinic illegally aborted 23 unborn babies from Dec. 3 to Jan. 28 without a license.
The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood tried to rush its abortion license application through former pro-abortion Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration before pro-life Gov. Bevin took over. The suit also accuses Beshear’s former Inspector General Maryellen Mynear of trying to aid Planned Parenthood in a “scheme to accelerate the licensure process.”
Leaders of Planned Parenthood affiliate have defended their abortion business by producing a series of emails between their lawyer and former pro-abortion Gov. Beshear’s administration that they said gave them the OK to do abortions without a license.
The Louisville abortion clinic opened in December and applied for a license to do abortions from the state; however, in late January, Bevin’s office found out that the abortion clinic began performing surgical and medical abortions without a license, LifeNews reported.
Women’s safety concerns are at the center of the matter. Bevin’s administration said it has not approved the abortion clinic’s license because Planned Parenthood does not have proper agreements with a local hospital and ambulance service for emergency situations, according to the report.
“This administration will have no tolerance for the type of brazen disregard that Planned Parenthood has shown for both the safety of women and the rule of law,” Bevin said after announcing the lawsuit. “We will hold Planned Parenthood accountable for knowingly endangering their patients by providing illegal abortions at a facility that was not properly licensed nor prepared to handle an emergency.”