Ohio attorney general orders probe of Planned Parenthood
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio’s top law enforcer says he’s investigating whether Planned Parenthood may have violated its nonprofit status and made money from the sale of organs from aborted fetuses.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said Thursday his charitable-law section is reviewing activities of three Ohio locations of the abortion and reproductive health services provider.
The Republican’s announcement follows an anti-abortion group’s release of a secretly-recorded video showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of body parts from aborted fetuses. Three congressional committees are investigating the matter.
DeWine says if money was made from the practice it might be illegal.
Planned Parenthood says it legally helps women desiring to make not-for-profit donations of their fetus’ organs for scientific research. A spokeswoman says none have occurred in Ohio, where tissue donations are illegal.
DeWine released the following statement on Thursday:
“The video showing Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services calmly discussing the best way to kill an unborn child in order to preserve the condition of the baby’s internal organs is truly horrifying. Any person or abortion clinic involved in such a practice described in the video may have violated specific state or federal laws.
“Because registered non-profit corporations operate three Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in Ohio, those entities and the directors have a fiduciary duty under Ohio law to ensure their organization does not support illegal activity. My office’s Charitable Law Section is conducting an investigation to ensure that no Ohio non-profit is breaking the law or profiting from the sale of aborted babies. I encourage anyone with information about this potential illegal activity to contact my office or their local law enforcement agency.”