Governor Mike Pence says the state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood was important in the wake of what he calls appalling remarks by senior officials of the national health care provider.
Pence ordered the State Health Department to investigate the abortion provider two weeks ago in the wake of videos allegedly showing national Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue, which is against the law in Indiana.
Pence didn’t comment Thursday when the results of that investigation were released, saying Friday he wanted the State Health Department to move forward.
“Now the people of Indiana have that assurance that those practices that have been alleged in those videos are at least not taking place here in the state of Indiana,” Pence said.
Still, the governor says he wants Planned Parenthood defunded.
“I have long believed that the largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title Ten,” Pence added.
The General Assembly sought to cut off federal funding from Planned Parenthood in 2011 legislation that was ultimately struck down in federal court.