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Ohio AG lets Planned Parenthood break law by dumping aborted babies in landfills

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his office had opened an investigation into Ohio’s three Planned Parenthood clinics, and discovered that they were throwing the bodies of aborted babies into landfills. DeWine originally planned to sue Planned Parenthood over the scandal, but as soon as Planned Parenthood flexed their legal muscle, DeWine backed down

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine backed off Planned Parenthood Friday, saying he wouldn’t enforce a requirement that disposing of fetal tissue be “humane.”

DeWine initially planned to sue Planned Parenthood to prevent them from improperly disposing of aborted fetuses. His investigation found two Planned Parenthood clinics, one in Mount Auburn and another in Columbus, used a third-party company to heat fetal remains in an autoclave to sanitize them, then dispose of the remains in a Kentucky landfill. It was less clear how the third Planned Parenthood abortion clinic near Cleveland disposed of fetal remains.

He prepared to sue Planned Parenthood Monday, but attorneys for the abortion clinics filed a lawsuit in federal court Sunday instead. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus blocked DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health from enforcing a potentially ambiguous requirement that fetal remains be disposed of in a “humane” manner.

… Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, said the company has worked with licensed medical removal companies to handle fetal tissue respectfully and safely, just like other medical providers.

“At Planned Parenthood, we remain focused on providing care to the women in Ohio who count on us,” Lawson said.

So as usual, Planned Parenthood gets caught breaking the law, and gets away with it, with no repercussions whatsoever. It’s sickening that they’re able to literally throw the bodies of preborn babies away in the trash, and Ohio officials will do nothing about it.

It’s also laughable that Planned Parenthood claims they handle fetal tissue “respectfully,” like other medical providers. Other medical providers don’t throw the dead into landfills. Other medical providers don’t get thrown out of funeral homes for joking about putting babies in Tupperware containers, or about how the babies are thrown together into freezer jars. There’s nothing respectful about how Planned Parenthood treats the bodies of the babies they mercilessly kill.

What makes this so frustrating, though, is that we have actual proof of wrongdoing, and yet there is still no one willing to stand up to them and hold them accountable. What exactly does Planned Parenthood need to be caught doing before lawmakers will act?

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