Tea party darling Gov. Matt Bevin officially filed a lawsuit Thursday against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. for providing abortions at an unlicensed facility in Louisville. Bevin denounced the organization for what he called its "brazen disregard" for the safety of women. What he failed to mention is that Planned Parenthood says it was following the guidelines set out by the previous administration when the facility first applied for its license last year.
Emails last year between a Planned Parenthood lawyer and the top state official then in charge of licensing health clinics show that the official told the organization it must open without the license in order to get one.
That's because the state won't issue a final license until a state inspector makes an unannounced visit to the facility and inspects it after it has opened for business, Maryellen Mynear, the former inspector general with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said in an email to Planned Parenthood lawyer Carole Christian.
It's a little hard to believe that Matt Bevin knows more about the safety of women than Planned Parenthood does. But what do I know? I'm just a woman.
This has been an ongoing feud between Bevin and PP ever since the facility started providing abortion services on Jan. 21. Planned Parenthood has stopped providing the services in order to resolve the matter, which has left all of Kentucky with exactly one abortion provider statewide.