Illegal dumping discovered as result of investigation prompted by CMP videos
By Cheryl Sullenger
Columbus, OH – As a result from an investigation prompted by undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that shows the involvement of certain Planned Parenthood affiliates in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine notified the Ohio Department of Health that three Planned Parenthood facilities improperly contract with companies that “cook” aborted baby remains then dump them in a Kentucky landfill.
DeWine said his office would ask a court next week for an injunction barring Ohio Planned Parenthood abortion businesses from continuing their illegal dumping practices. To counter that action, Planned Parenthood filed suit in Federal Court on Sunday. In that suit, Planned Parenthood accused DeWine’s allegations of being politically motivated and inflammatory for the purpose of ending abortion in Ohio.
“First steam-cooking fetuses and then disposing of them in a landfill is not humane,” DeWine told the Cincinnati.com on Friday. “It will come as a shock to Ohioans to find out that fetuses are being cooked and then they’re being put in a landfill, and they’re going to be mixed in with the garbage and whatever else goes into a landfill.”
“Planned Parenthood’s suit is an obvious ploy to deflect attention from their own lawbreaking by falsely accusing the Attorney General,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who also serves on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress. “But perhaps the larger question is if dumping the cooked remains of aborted babies in landfills is inhumane, shouldn’t we also consider the dismemberment deaths of these babies through suction or other procedures more inhumane?”
Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Bedford Heights are involved in the illegal human tissue disposal scheme. These clinics contract with two disposal businesses that autoclave, or steam cook, aborted baby remains in order to supposedly kill bacteria then the remains are then dumped in an unnamed landfill across state lines.
Interestingly, a press release issued by DeWine on Friday indicated that one of the companies that contracts with Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights “stated to investigators it does not accept fetal remains for disposal as a corporate policy.” This calls to question whether the company or Planned Parenthood has misled investigators.
“Not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood has denied the allegations, as it always does when it gets caught breaking the law. When abortion clinics commit crimes, they should be prosecuted like anyone else. Abortion businesses must not be held above the law,” said Newman.
Ohio is not the only state where aborted baby remains are cooked by steam and dumped into landfills.
In September, after a similar investigation in South Carolina prompted by the CMP videos, Planned Parenthood’s Columbia facility license was suspended after authorities discovered aborted babies were being steam cooked and dumped in landfills just like was uncovered in Ohio. The facility was fined $7,500 and forced to change its disposal policies.
“When Planned Parenthood and their cronies in the media proclaim that it has been ‘cleared’ of wrongdoing by state investigations resulting from the CMP videos, it is a flat-out lie, and legal action taken in Ohio and South Carolina prove it,” said Newman. “Right now, from what I can see, for Planned Parenthood, nothing is about telling the truth and everything is about an aggressive and deceptive public relations campaign meant to attack those that oppose them.”
Operation Rescue also discovered in 2011 that two Texas Whole Women’s Health abortion clinics in Austin and McAllen were illegally dumping “recognizable” aborted baby remains directly into landfills. That abortion businesses was heavily fined as a result.
A Kansas abortion clinic that was later bought and closed by Operation Rescue was also discovered in 2005 to have been sending aborted baby remains to a company that steam cooked them then dumped them in a landfill near Kansas City.
The Ohio investigation determined that aborted baby remains were not being sold for profit by Planned Parenthood in Ohio. However, it was never alleged by the CMP that illegal trafficking in body parts ever took place there.
(Note: While Planned Parenthood continues to misrepresent to the public that the CMP videos were “faked” in some way, an independent forensics lab, Coalfire Systems, Inc., has verified that the CMP videos are authentic and were only edited — thankfully — to remove bathroom breaks, elevator rides, and travel times in vehicles, which had nothing whatsoever to do with the content or context of the conversations. Read the Coalfire System’s forensic analysis that debunks Planned Parenthood’s own dubious report prepared by political cronies.)