Austin, Texas, Apr 16, 2009 / 05:01 am
Allegations that four unlicensed Planned Parenthood facilities in San Antonio have been illegally performing abortions have prompted state legislators to reexamine funding for the organization and to call for legal and administrative penalties to be enforced against it.
On April 2 The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued cease and desist orders to the Planned Parenthood Northeast, Southeast, Marbach and Bandera Road Sexual Healthcare facilities. The orders notified the clinics to stop performing “abortion activities” that require licensure by the DSHS.
A letter from DSHS Commissioner Dr. David Lakey, M.D. told Rep. Phil King (R- Weathorford) and ten other legislators that preliminary information from the unlicensed facilities indicated that they were performing medically induced abortions.
Lakey said the DSHS is further investigating activities at the locations. The department is also investigating a licensed Planned Parenthood facility in San Antonio and that it may also become the object of enforcement action.