Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday held firm to his recent statement that Planned Parenthood was selling “baby body parts” despite news about the Texas grand jury indictment this week of two abortion opponents.
Brownback said the indictments didn’t change his mind about the veracity of videos by an anti-abortion group.
“I don’t think those videos were discredited — not with that charge,” he said.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri has decried Brownback’s order to cut Medicaid funding to the group and a comment he included in his State of the State address earlier this month.
“Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby body parts is antithetical to our belief in human dignity,” Brownback said in the State of the State.
On Wednesday, Brownback said his views hadn’t changed. Asked if he owed Planned Parenthood an apology, he said, “No, I think they need to stop trafficking in baby body parts.”
Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said the agency has been cleared by state agencies of any wrongdoing.
“I think that it’s very clear that Gov. Brownback’s agenda is simply that,” McQuade said. “It’s his extremist ideological agenda.
“He’s not interested in facts. He’s not interested in what his own regulatory agencies tell him.”
The state’s Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts found that Planned Parenthood had done nothing illegal or unethical, she said.
Abortion opponents have claimed that secretly recorded videos showed Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit, but the assertions haven’t been supported by congressional and state investigations.
The grand jury in Texas cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing and indicted two members of the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that had made secret recordings of Planned Parenthood officials.