Abortion War On Women

Ohio AG’s Allegations Against Planned Parenthood Fall Apart

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Ohio attorney general's investigation of Planned Parenthood, which was launched after the Center for Medical Progress released the deceptively-edited anti-Planned Parenthood videos, did not turn up any evidence that Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue or body parts. According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, however, the organization is guilty of inhumanely disposing of fetal remains. Whatever that means.

DeWine made the allegation two weeks ago during a Friday press conference but, as you might have expected, DeWine's claims have fallen apart.

The Columbus Dispatch reviewed the record and found no cases of Planned Parenthood receiving a citation for what Attorney General DeWine says they're guilty of.

A examination of 49 state inspection reports disclosed no citations and only two vague references to disposal of biological materials. One involved storage of boxes marked “infectious waste” in an Akron clinic; the other noted lack of a current contract for “hazardous biomedical waste removal” at a Bedford Heights clinic.

If the Health Department has never cited Planned Parenthood for improperly disposing of fetal remains, DeWine must have found the smoking gun somewhere else, right?

So how did DeWine’s office find information about disposing of fetuses in five months that health inspectors didn’t record over at least five years?

“We defer that question to the Department of Health,” DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said.

FrySuspicious

The allegations against Planned Parenthood may be bullshit but state lawmakers are already cooking their next anti-abortion bill which will implement new requirements for cremating and burying aborted fetuses.

It doesn't matter if the allegations aren't true. All conservative lawmakers need is for an allegation to be made. That's good enough for them and their supporters.

As the Columbus Dispatch points out, the requirement that fetuses be disposed of in a "humane" manner isn't really a requirement at all. State regulators have never actually enforced the rule probably because it's so vague as to be meaningless.

  • Foodahz

    Fully. Formed. Fallacies.

  • muselet

    Right-wing Republican makes allegations about Planned Parenthood. Right-wing Republican legislators scurry to write legislation to address the alleged wrongdoing. Allegations turn out to be equal parts moonshine and applesauce. Right-wing Republican legislators pass the legislation anyway.

    In other news, water is wet, fire is hot, and it’s not a good idea to stare directly at the Sun.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    It’s this kind of nonsense that deserves as much attention as possible from the mainstream press because it is the perfect example of the GOP’s instance on creating or latching onto an endless series of hoaxes. Even when the hoax is completely debunked it just mutates into a new version. Unfortunately the press is no longer willing to cover such a story honestly assuming they choose to cover it at all. Maybe the mainstream press ignoring this is for the best.