You had to figure that this was inevitable -- from Metro News about our needs-to-be-in-the-spotlight attorney general:
State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is throwing his public support behind legislative efforts to investigate Planned Parenthood in West Virginia in the wake of questions about the organization’s alleged involvement in sales of fetal tissue.
“I think in light of all of the allegations and the facts that have been coming out about the possibility of Planned Parenthood selling fetal organs and tissue in violation of federal law, that this is not the type of organization that West Virginia taxpayer money should be spent on,” Morrisey said.
Talk about wasting taxpayer dollars:
Morrisey's office said that it doesn't appear that Planned Parenthood performs abortions in West Virginia.
So why then should they be investigated other than to make the anti-abortionists in the state happy? Morrisey said that other states have found violations of their state laws. Okay, since a number of states have recently investigated the organization, it was not hard to examine their findings. Yesterday, New York Magazine concluded that the states investigating Planned Parenthood have found no violation of state laws:
Of the 11 states investigating Planned Parenthood's alleged mishandling of fetal remains, seven have concluded in a whimper. In a statement released Monday, Missouri's Attorney General announced that there was "no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue." The findings came after an audit of every procedure performed by the state’s only authorized abortion facility over a 30-day span.
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida have also been unable to prove that fetal remains are sold by the health-care provider for profit, as the highly edited undercover videos from anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress purport. Ongoing investigations in Arizona, Texas, Ohio, and Louisiana have yet to find the singular smoking gun that has Republican congressional leaders mulling a government shutdown in order to defund the group. (In a signature move from Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, he ordered an investigation though Planned Parenthood's lone abortion clinic in the state hasn't even opened yet.)
Let's see, Morrisey and the Republican legislature want to investigate Planned Parenthood even though no other state (despite Morrisey's assertion to the contrary) has found any violation of state law. Most importantly, Planned Parenthood doesn't even perform abortions in West Virginia. Hey, this may look like a totally unnecessary wasting of taxpayer dollars but you really can't put a price tag on the publicity this will generate for Morrisey and the Republican legislators among the party faithful.