Indiana Clears Planned Parenthood in Fetal Tissue Investigation

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Protesters gather in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate against Planned Parenthood, the country's largest provider of abortions. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The state of Indiana on Thursday cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing in the handling of fetal tissue.

A July 16 investigation ordered by Indiana Governor Mike Pence found no evidence of any laws being broken and no evidence that Planned Parenthood facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville had sold tissue from aborted fetuses, the Associated Press reported.

At least 12 other states have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood after videos surfaced earlier this month in which Planned Parenthood executives appeared to suggest that the organization was selling the tissues of aborted fetuses. Legislators in other states have also called for investigations.

Many presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, have also waded into the debate since the videos were made public. Some Republicans have called for Planned Parenthood to lose its federal funding.