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Kansas Medical Board Investigation Clears Planned Parenthood

Elana Gordon
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A Kansas medical board says it won’t take any action against Planned Parenthood following an investigation.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts was investigating whether Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri was involved in selling fetal tissue. The investigation was ordered by Gov. Sam Brownback last year.

Laura McQuade, with Planned Parenthood, says the report came out last week, and she says they feel vindicated. She claims the governor made inaccurate statements when saying he’d block Medicaid funding from going to the organization.

“He was well aware that we were cleared of any inappropriate activity long before the State of the State Address on [Tuesday] evening,” McQuade says.

A spokeswoman for Brownback, Eileen Hawley, said in a statement that they will review the findings of the Board of Healing Arts. She says the administration will continue to fight for “the most vulnerable among us":

"Planned Parenthood of America admitted publicly in a letter to Congress that it engaged in the trafficking of baby body parts for financial payment. Kansas is a pro-life state and we will continue to stand up for the most vulnerable among us. We will review the findings of the Board of Healing Arts."

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.