Gov. Pence announces Planned Parenthood investigation

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
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Gov. Mike Pence is joining the governor of Georgia and Ohio's attorney general to order investigations of Planned Parenthood facilities in their states to determine if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold.
    
The state investigations - as well as probes announced Wednesday by three Republican-led congressional committees - come in response to the release of an undercover video made by anti-abortion activists. The video shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.
    
Planned Parenthood officials say Thursday that Nucatola has been "reprimanded." They did not elaborate. The organization's president, Cecile Richards, apologized for the tone of some of Nucatola's recorded statements.
    
In Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said Planned Parenthood has embraced "gruesome practices."

Pence directed the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate Planned Parenthood facilities in Indiana following the release of a controversial video this week.

The group that made the video, the Center for Medical Progress, contends that it reveals illegalities. Planned Parenthood says the activity in question is the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms.

Planned Parenthood has said the video was heavily edited. It says the organization helps women who want to donate their fetus' organs for scientific research. It says its activities are legal and they do not profit by donating the organs to science.

Gov. Pence wrote to the Indiana Congressional Delegation regarding the video and copied the U.S. Attorneys in the Northern and Southern Districts and county prosecutors in Marion, Monroe, Tippecanoe, and Lake counties, counties in which Planned Parenthood performs abortions. 

"Every Hoosier should be deeply troubled by allegations that Planned Parenthood affiliates are engaged in the trafficking of human remains. If true, this is not only illegal, it is morally reprehensible. Under federal and state law, the buying or selling of human body parts is a felony and, as Governor, I have an obligation to make sure this is not happening in Indiana. For this reason, I have directed the Indiana State Department of Health to conduct an immediate investigation with the cooperation of the Office of the Attorney General of Indiana to determine whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in Indiana have engaged in any illegal activities with respect to the trafficking in or disposition of fetal tissue. Whatever one's view on the issue of abortion, Hoosiers can be assured that we will make certain that this appalling practice is not taking place in Indiana."