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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:38 am

State's Planned Parenthood clinics cleared of wrongdoing

Niki KellyThe Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Department of Health has cleared Indiana's three Planned Parenthood abortion clinics of any wrongdoing related to a national controversy.

GOP Gov. Mike Pence called for an investigation earlier this month after an undercover video raised concern over harvesting organs for donation from aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said from the beginning that it didn't participate in a tissue donation program. But Pence went ahead with an investigation and has talked extensively about it in various interviews.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said this morning it received official notice from the Indiana State Department of Health that its health centers in Merrillville, Bloomington and Indianapolis were found compliant with state abortion clinic licensure regulations.

Surveyors inspected the three health centers where surgical abortions were performed on July 21. ISDH found the claims to be without cause. No licensure deficiencies were noted as a result of their inspections.

“We are pleased this unfounded complaint is resolved,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of PPINK. “We hold compliance with all laws and regulations as an imperative. We’re not surprised the surveyors found the claims unsubstantiated."

She added that "perhaps now Indiana's executive leadership will focus on measures such as teen pregnancy prevention and reducing the cycle of poverty to truly advance the dream of thriving Hoosier families.”

nkelly@jg.net