DeWine Investigation Reveals Planned Parenthood Breaking Ohio Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Friday, December 11, 2015 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of his investigation into Planned Parenthood's abortion practice in Ohio. The investigation, which began in July, revealed Planned Parenthood to be sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. The Attorney General argues that this is in violation of Ohio Administrative Code (3701-47-05) which requires that aborted fetal remains be disposed humanely.
"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."
Ohio Right to Life joins Attorney General DeWine in calling on the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation to ensure that the aborted remains of babies are treated humanely. The organization is currently working with Representative Robert McColley (R-Napoleon), Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield), and Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) to introduce such legislation. This bill would limit the number of options available to abortionists to humane burial and cremation; increase informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of the abortionist's intent for disposing of the aborted baby; and set a penalty for the violation of the statute as a first degree misdemeanor.
"Ohio Right to Life thanks Attorney General DeWine for his leadership and for dutifully investigating Ohio's Planned Parenthood outposts," said Gonidakis. "While we've heard it said that Planned Parenthood is a 'volume' institution, we know that these pre-born children are not trash made for landfills. They are individuals with their own intrinsic dignity. While abortion is never humane, Ohio Right to Life is intent on ensuring that even in their brutal deaths, these pre-born children retain their dignity."