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Fetal Remains Found in Ohio Landfills Amid Planned Parenthood Investigation, Attorney General Says (UPDATED)


"It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities."

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UPDATE 1:35 p.m. ET: The Ohio Attorney General's Office is pushing back against Planned Parenthood's refutation of their investigation.

"The vast majority of the documents showed they were going to landfills," Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, told TheBlaze. "Planned Parenthood cooperated with the investigation, and that is what the findings revealed."

Tierney said the investigation began after the release of the videos by the Center for Medical Progress and that DeWine "felt it necessary" to investigate the state's Planned Parenthood facilities.

"Basically what the disagreement is whether disposing of fetuses is humane or not," Tierney said. "The law requires that fetuses be disposed in a humane manner. Attorney General DeWine believes that putting a fetus in a landfill is not humane."

UPDATE: Planned Parenthood is refuting the conclusions of the Ohio attorney general's investigation.

Stephanie Kight, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said the report is "not true.

"Planned Parenthood contracts with vendors to handle fetal tissue in a respectful manner and in accordance with the law. It is irresponsible for the AG to say otherwise," she added.

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An investigation by the Ohio Attorney General's Office revealed Friday that three Planned Parenthood clinics in the state allegedly illegally disposed of aborted fetuses in landfill sites.

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"Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a press release Friday. "It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities."

The investigation did not, however, report any sales of fetal tissue by the Planned Parenthood affiliates. It did. though, reveal the startling way in which three Planned Parenthood facilities in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati and Columbus had been allegedly disposing of fetal remains, which is a violation of a state ordinance that says the "fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner."

The report indicated that all three Planned Parenthood affiliates contracted with companies that allegedly disposed of the remains in landfills.

The facility in Bedford Heights said it used only one company, but when DeWine's office contacted the disposal company, it said it does not accept fetal remains as part of its corporate policy.

DeWine has referred the investigation's findings to the Ohio Department of Health for further review.

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