Investigations of Planned Parenthood begin around the U.S. after undercover video is released


By: David Crary/AP National Writer

The governors of Georgia and Indiana and Ohio’s attorney general on Thursday ordered investigations of Planned Parenthood facilities in their states to determine if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold.

The state investigations — as well as probes announced Wednesday by three Republican-led congressional committees — come in response to the release of an undercover video made by anti-abortion activists. The video shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.

Planned Parenthood officials say Thursday that Nucatola has been “reprimanded.” They did not elaborate. The organization’s president, Cecile Richards, apologized for the tone of some of Nucatola’s recorded statements.

In Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said Planned Parenthood has embraced “gruesome practices.”