Critic: Emails show Wolf's close ties to Planned Parenthood

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 22, 2015 2:42 AM

FILE PHOTO: Opponents and supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Anti-abortion activists are calling for an end to government funding for the nonprofit reproductive services organization. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A Republican activist says Wolf administration documents turned over in an open-records request show an unusually close relationship with Planned Parenthood. 

Bob Salera says he received about 150 pages of emailed communication through early August. 

The Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh first reported on the emails. 

Planned Parenthood's Pennsylvania director Sari Stevens says there's similar communication between any organization and elected officials.

Administration spokesman Jeff Sheridan says the emails simply reflect Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's support for abortion rights. 

Stevens emailed administration officials several times this year to offer her group's viewpoints.

On July 14, she warned them about an anti-abortion group's release of an undercover video showing its national medical director discussing providing fetal body parts to researchers. 

She asked the governor's aides to keep her information among "friends.''  

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