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Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Attorney General After Investigation

PicMonkey Collage - Planned ParenthoodPlanned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the attorney general of Ohio after he concluded an investigation into what the health care provider does with fetal remains.

Republican AG Mike DeWine concluded an investigation into Planned Parenthood Friday (which received scant media coverage) and said that there was no evidence they were selling fetal tissue, but did say they found Planned Parenthood had been disposing aborted fetuses in landfills.

Planned Parenthood has dismissed that claim as “bogus,” and in response to DeWine threatening legal action, they filed a lawsuit yesterday. And according to CNN, their intent is to “prevent the state from this plainly political attempt to restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion.”

They claim that they’re being unfairly targeted over that landfill matter, which they say is not in their purview because medical waste disposal is handled by companies they contract with, and DeWine is engaging in a witch hunt against them.

Planned Parenthood Ohio put a statement on their website railing against attempts to restrict women’s access to their services:

At Planned Parenthood, we respect and support each woman’s ability to make the deeply personal decision about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child. There are already laws that require safe tissue disposal and we follow them. This bill is not meant to protect women, but is part of an effort from anti-abortion politicians to make abortion illegal in all cases.

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