Jindal continues push against Planned Parenthood
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal continued his push against Planned Parenthood after a video from pro-life advocates claimed group was selling fetal remains.
Jindal's office released a letter Wednesday in which the governor asked the state Inspector General to join an investigation into the claims made by the video, which was shot by anti-abortion advocates under the name the Centers for Medical Progress.
Jindal previously asked state health officials and the FBI to look into Planned Parenthood's practices and the claims made by the video. The Department of Health and Hospitals released a list of questions Wednesday which they sent to Planned Parenthood asking about the allegation.
The video showed actors hired by the anti-abortion group having lunch with Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, and asking her questions about which fetal tissue is in demand and how abortion procedures are altered in order to preserve that tissue.
Planned Parenthood said Nucatola was discussing legal tissue donation practices, saying they receive consent from patients to donate fetal tissue for research and only receive compensation for transporting the tissue. The group also claimed both an eight-minute and a two-hour version of the recording released by the Centers for Media Progress were edited to make Nucatola's comments and the practice appear illegal.
Planned Parenthood is not currently licensed to perform abortions in Louisiana, but are building a health center in New Orleans where abortions would take place. The center has been under fire from pro-life groups since plans for it were announced, and this week Jindal ordered DHH not to issue them a license until they completed their investigation.