Board could approve state’s 4th review of Planned Parenthood

In this photo taken April 26, 2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards speaks in Washington. he Legislative Audit Council could launch South Carolina’s fourth investigation into Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman says the multiple investigations are part of a national witch hunt.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Legislative Audit Council could launch the state’s fourth investigation into Planned Parenthood.

The governing board of the Legislature’s investigative agency will decide Thursday whether to approve audit requests submitted two months ago by House and Senate Republicans. It’s the board’s first meeting since receiving the letters signed by dozens of legislators.

They were submitted amid public outcry over secretly-taped videos showing Planned Parenthood officials in other states discussing the collection of fetal organs for research.

Weeks later, Gov. Nikki Haley asked South Carolina’s public health agency to investigate the state’s abortion clinics. Attorney General Alan Wilson then announced he’s looking into Medicaid payments for abortion. The House Oversight Committee pursued its own investigation.

A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman says the multiple investigations are part of a national witch hunt.