UPDATED Friday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana’s Planned Parenthood clinics are operating within all state laws and regulations. That’s the result of a two-week State Health Department investigation ordered by Gov. Mike Pence.
The inquiry came in the midst a national scandal involving the embattled abortion and health care provider that was caused by videos of national Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue -- a practice which is illegal in Indiana.
Less than two weeks later, the State Health Department sent letters to clinics in Merrillville, Indianapolis and Bloomington, saying it found no wrongdoing, declaring the matter closed.
Indiana Planned Parenthood CEO Betty Cockrum calls the investigation political theatre and says Pence overlooked the fact that the Health Department conducts annual checks on all Planned Parenthood facilities.
“Should have been pretty clear that none of that was going on -- and I certainly made it clear that that wasn’t going on -- but if he thinks that’s a good use of his resources, he gets to do that,” Cockrum said.
Gov. Pence’s office did not respond to a request for comment.