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OH AG: Planned Parenthood facilities disposed of fetal remains in landfills

Mt. Auburn Planned Parenthood facility in Cincinnati (FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) Mt. Auburn Planned Parenthood facility in Cincinnati (FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office has wrapped up an investigation into the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood affiliates. 

While the investigation did not find any indication that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, the investigation did reveal that that aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood facilities, including Cincinnati, are ultimately disposed of in landfill sites.

DeWine's office says earlier this year, DeWine directed his Charitable Law Section to investigate whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati, and Columbus were violating Ohio law by selling fetal tissue, or abortion trafficking, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2919.14.

While the investigation finds that they did not sell the fetal tissue, it found that three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati and Columbus sent fetal remains to companies that disposed of them in landfills.

According to DeWine's office, it violates Ohio Administrative Code, which requires that a “fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner.”

“Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, in a prepared statement. “It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities.”

In response to DeWine's announcement Friday, Planned Parenthood, Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, issued the following statement:

“As we have always maintained, and as the Attorney General has now confirmed, the original accusations that Planned Parenthood “sold fetal tissue” were completely unfounded and untrue. These new allegations by the Attorney General that we are improperly disposing of fetal tissue are flat-out false. Planned Parenthood handles medical tissue like any other quality health care provider. Our agreements with vendors all require them to follow state law, and dispose of tissue accordingly. If they are not, then I will take swift action. This is an administration that has done everything possible to eliminate access to abortion in Ohio --- secretly writing laws, working to close health centers, and even appointing the head of Ohio Right to Life to the state medical board. We are seriously concerned that this report is not the result of meaningful investigation, but instead yet another attack on women’s access to health care in the state of Ohio intended to end our ability to continue to provide safe, legal abortion.”

Attorney General DeWine referred his investigative findings to the Ohio Department of Health for further action.

Dewine said the Director of Health contacted him this morning, recommending that they apply for an injunction against the three facilities.

"There's no criminal penalty to this and there's no civil penalty so the only remedy we can seek, which we are seeking, is an injunction," claimed Dewine. "Our lawyers are now in the process of preparing legal action to do this."

He concluded the news conference by saying he believes the legislature will step in and take action quickly to spell out, in more detail, what is an accepted disposal of aborted fetuses. 

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