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Situation after situation we learn about Planned Parenthood’s disgusting business practices and utter disregard for the sanctity of life. Today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office announced the conclusion of their investigation into Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio. While it did not reveal their sale of aborted babies, they did learn of the horrible disposal of them in landfill sites.
Read the full press release below:
Ohio Planned Parenthood Investigation Reveals Fetal Remains Disposed of in Landfills
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office has concluded its investigation into the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood affiliates. While the investigation did not find any indication that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, the investigation did reveal that that aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood facilities are ultimately disposed of in landfill sites.
Earlier this year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine directed his Charitable Law Section to investigate whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati, and Columbus were violating Ohio law by selling fetal tissue, or abortion trafficking, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2919.14. The Charitable Law Section requested documents and financial records from Planned Parenthood organizations as well as companies they contracted with. The investigation did not find that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio.
The investigation showed that the disposal methods documented by the Planned Parenthood affiliates violate Ohio Administrative Code 3701-47-05, adopted in 1975, which requires that a “fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner.” Specifically:
All three Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of the fetuses in landfills.
Additionally, the Planned Parenthood facility in Bedford Heights stated it uses only one company for disposal. However, that company stated to investigators it does not accept fetal remains for disposal as a corporate policy.
“Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities.”
Attorney General DeWine referred his investigative findings to the Ohio Department of Health for further action. A copy of DeWine’s letter is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.
The Little Sister of the Poor were on Capitol Hill this morning meeting with Congressman Diane Black (R, TN-06) to discuss their ongoing fight against President Obama’s HHS mandate. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Little Sisters of the Poor legal challenge next year.
After the meeting Representative Black said:
“It is hard to imagine what could possibly be more pure or worthwhile than the ministry of Little Sisters of the Poor. For over 175 years, they have provided compassionate care to the most vulnerable among us. We should be praising their work, not punishing it. Sadly, that is exactly what Obamacare’s coercive HHS mandate will do. The law sets up an impossible choice for this ministry: deny their deeply held beliefs and provide coverage for drugs they deem to be morally objectionable, or face up to $70 million in annual penalties. I am honored to lend my voice and my prayers to the growing chorus calling on the Supreme Court to rectify this crisis and protect religious freedom from government attack when it hears this case next year. In the meantime, Congress should also do its part and finally pass my legislation, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would provide full exemption from this oppressive mandate once and for all.”
As news trickles out about the Holy Father’s unnannounced schedule, Catholics in the United States can find encouragement he understands our current struggles to protect our religious liberties.
As released by Vatican Radio”
“Pope Francis on Wednesday made an unscheduled visit to the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he celebrated the Mass of Canonization of St. Junipero Serra.
“The religious order operates several nursing homes and care facilities in the United States.
“The congregation is involved in a lawsuit with the Obama Administration over the country’s new health care law. The government is trying to force the religious community to comply with a contraception mandate in the law, which violates Catholic religious beliefs.
“‘This is a sign, obviously of support for them [in their court case]” said Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office.
“’In this sense it is connected also to the words that the Pope has said in support of the Bishops of the United States in the speech to President Obama,’ Father Lombardi continued.
“’This was a little addition to the programme, but I think it has an important meaning in this moment,’ he said.”
At Catholic Advocate we focus primarily on the settled issues, life and marriage, and those of importance to Catholic voters. It is important for people of faith to be educated about the public votes taken by their elected officials on these issues.
There are two Catholic U.S. Senators up for re-election in 2014. Since beginning her 3rd term in 2009, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has not voted for any pro-life legislation. Whether it be conscience protections, the abortion mandate in the new health care law, or tax-payer funding for Planned Parenthood, her voting record has not supported the sanctity of human life.
For additional information about her voting record from a second source, visit Louisiana Right to Life Federation.