Gov. “Butch” Otter Declines Investigation Of Planned Parenthood

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he will not launch an investigation against Planned Parenthood facilities in Idaho despite receiving a request from nearly 30 Republican state lawmakers.

In an Aug. 6 letter, Otter wrote that there are no grounds for a legal investigation because there is no evidence Planned Parenthood has violated any state or federal laws in Idaho.

Planned Parenthood has come under increased scrutiny after anti-abortion activists released undercover videos that raised questions about whether the national organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue— an accusation the group denies.

Lawmakers who requested the investigation argued that the release of undercover videos is enough prompt to make sure no illegal activities are taking place in Idaho.

Planned Parenthood has health clinics in Boise, Meridian and Twin Falls.