Director: Medicaid funded 222 abortions statewide in 5 years

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The director of South Carolina’s Medicaid agency says the government health care program paid for 222 abortions over the past five fiscal years, but none of those were provided by Planned Parenthood.

Director Christian Soura told a House panel Wednesday that a review did discover two questionable payments to Planned Parenthood that might be for abortion, but the amounts make that unlikely. He says those may be clerical errors.

The law allows Medicaid to pay for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.

The House Oversight Committee is investigating taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood. It’s among several state investigations launched by Republicans following the release of secretly taped videos that show Planned Parenthood officials elsewhere discussing the collection of fetal organs for research.

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