Ohio AG says fetal tissue wrongly disposed in landfill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – An investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office revealed that aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood facilities are ultimately disposed of in landfill sites in a manner that goes against Ohio law.

Earlier this year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood facilities in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati, and Columbus were violating Ohio law by selling fetal tissue. Documents and financial records from Planned Parenthood organizations as well as companies they contracted with revealed that no fetal tissue was sold, but that disposal methods were in violation of Ohio law, which requires that a “fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner,”

The findings in the investigation include:

  • All three Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of the fetuses in landfills.
  • Additionally, the Planned Parenthood facility in Bedford Heights stated it uses only one company for disposal. However, that company stated to investigators it does not accept fetal remains for disposal as a corporate policy.

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

DeWine referred his investigative findings to the Ohio Department of Health for further action. A copy of DeWine’s letter is available here.

A call made to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio offices in Columbus was not immediately returned.

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