Ohio Planned Parenthood Investigation Reveals Fetal Remains Disposed of in Landfills
December 11, 2015 - 12:58 PM
COLUMBUS—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that
his office has concluded its 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 are ultimately
disposed of in landfill sites.
Earlier this year, Ohio Attorney General Mike 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. The Charitable Law Section requested
documents and financial records from Planned Parenthood organizations as
well as companies they contracted with. The investigation did not find
that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio.
The investigation showed that the disposal methods documented by the
Planned Parenthood affiliates violate Ohio Administrative Code
3701-47-05, adopted in 1975, which requires that a “fetus shall be
disposed of in a humane manner.” Specifically:
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.”
Attorney General DeWine referred his investigative findings to the Ohio
Department of Health for further action. A copy of DeWine’s letter is
available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.