Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit to Protect Abortion in Ohio


Luke Villapaz | International Business Times | Reader Supported News | December 14, 2015

ttorneys for Planned Parenthood locations in Ohio filed a lawsuit in federal court Sunday in response to an Ohio attorney general report that stated that the nonprofit organization improperly handled and disposed of fetal tissue. The lawsuit asserts Planned Parenthood was not in violation of Ohio law and that the claims in the attorney general’s report were false.

The report from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, announced Friday, found that companies in charge of disposing fetal tissue from the nonprofit sent the tissue to landfills. Planned Parenthood denied the attorney general’s assertions and said its medical disposal methods were no different from those of any other healthcare provider.

“The reality is that we handle medical tissue just like other health care providers do, and we always have,” Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said in a press statement. “We’re inspected regularly to ensure that we’re handling fetal tissue properly and legally. Politicians in Ohio will stop at nothing to ban abortion in all cases in our state. Today, we’re asking a federal court to prevent the state from this plainly political attempt to restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion.”

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