Planned Parenthood Investigation Discovers Fetal Remains Disposed Of in Landfills

Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a Senate deal to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood before the Senate goes into recess in August. (Photo by
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office’s investigation into Planned Parenthood reveals aborted babies from Planned Parenthood clinics are disposed of in landfills.

DeWine’s office said in a press release that while no evidence of selling fetal organs was found at Ohio Planned Parenthood facilities, the investigation reveals the disposal methods documented by the abortion business’ affiliates in Ohio violate “Ohio Administrative Code 3701-47-05, adopted in 1975, which requires that a “fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner.”

The investigation specifically reveals:

  • 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 DeWine. “It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities.”

According to, 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.

Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation by several congressional committees following the release of videos exposing the taxpayer-funded abortion business’ apparent practices of selling the body parts of aborted babies and altering the position of babies during abortions so as to harvest intact body parts and organs.


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