Eleven states are in the process of or have completed investigations of whether Planned Parenthood does anything illegal, following the doctored videotapes released over the summer alledging wrongdoing by the organization. Seven have found nothing, including this one
In a statement released Monday, Missouri's Attorney General announced that there was "no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue." The findings came after an audit of every procedure performed by the state's only authorized abortion facility over a 30-day span.
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida have also been unable to prove that fetal remains are sold by the health-care provider for profit, as the highly edited undercover videos from anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress purport. Ongoing investigations in Arizona, Texas, Ohio, and Louisiana have yet to find the singular smoking gun that has Republican congressional leaders mulling a government shutdown in order to defund the group. (In a signature move from Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, he ordered an investigation though Planned Parenthood's lone abortion clinic in the state hasn't even opened yet.)
That netted Jindal a lawsuit, with Planned Parenthood suing under the federal law that prevents states from preventing Medicaid recipients from going to the Medicaid-accepting provider of their choice. Alabama and Utah have joined that list of states being sued, because they too decided to just cut off state Medicaid funding to the organization without the benefit of investigation.