Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood sent back to lower court
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lower court wrongly dismissed a lawsuit claiming Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its Louisville clinic.
The Courier Journal reports the appeals court on Friday sent the case back to Jefferson County Circuit Court, saying the three-judge panel found that the allegations were enough to bring the claim.
The lower court dismissed the case, finding that Planned Parenthood had been following directions of state officials when it began offering abortions in order to obtain a state license.
The organization had sought the license from the administration of former Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and produced documentation directing it to begin providing all services so it could be inspected. But the license had not been issued when Republican Matt Bevin became governor, and his administration ordered the clinic to stop providing abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana (PPINK) says it’s disappointed by the appeals court ruling.
“As the ruling states, this decision is not a statement on the merits of the case,” said Christie Gillespie, President and CEO of PPINK. “PPINK sought the advice of the governmental agency charged with overseeing licensure and followed its guidance. We did nothing wrong, and we are confident the courts will agree. We are committed to providing high-quality health care for all at our Kentucky health centers, and we will continue to do so while this case is litigated.”