COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Friday that the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices in Ohio has concluded.
The investigation began in July and DeWine says it reveals that Planned Parenthood has been sending fetal remains to landfills.
DeWine says it violates Ohio code, saying that fetal remains be disposed humanely. All three of the Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of the fetuses in landfills.
Planned Parenthood released 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.
“We are disturbed and heartsick over the Attorney General’s findings,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “The visual of Planned Parenthood carting volumes of children’s remains to a landfill speaks to their callous disregard for human life. It is a grotesque portrait of their urgent need to dispose of their victims along with the truth.”
In addition to their statement, Planned Parenthood said that officials in eight other states have now cleared Planned Parenthood affiliates of all wrongdoing. While seven other states have declined to even investigate Planned Parenthood — finding nothing to substantiate claims of wrongdoing.
DeWine is now calling for the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation that makes sure the remains are disposed of humanely. The bill would limit the options for how the remains could be disposed of to humane burial and cremation. It would also make it so those performing abortions have to disclose to women who want an abortion how the remains will be disposed of.
It would also make violating the statute a first degree misdemeanor.