Planned Parenthood Throws Bodies in Trash; Ohio to Pay their Lawyers
In the latest in a series of at least temporary pro-abortion victories in Ohio’s court battles with Planned Parenthood, the state agreed to pay the wealthy abortion giant’s legal bills to settle a suit based on treating human remains as trash.
After last year’s investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office found that Planned Parenthood abortion centers mixed the bodies of aborted babies with general medical waste and threw it all away, Planned Parenthood sued.
Now, Ohio will pay $45,427 to three abortion centers affiliated with the country’s largest abortion business, which together take in more than half a billion dollars each year in federal, state, and local grants.
Last December, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the results of the investigation in a Friday press conference, saying that Planned Parenthood mixed human remains with other waste and had them all “cooked” in industrial ovens/incinerators. He said that treating the dismembered bodies as trash violated the state’s guideline that remains of aborted children must be disposed of in a “humane manner.”
“Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” DeWine said, announcing that his office would file to enjoin the businesses from disposing of human remains with their trash on the following Monday morning. The action would have made it impossible for the centers to operate because of the volume of human remains they create — about 2500 bodies a year at Cincinnati’s center, which is not its largest in Ohio.
Claiming defamation, Planned Parenthood filed a suit over the weekend, when courts are closed, to restrain the AG’s office from filing.
Planned Parenthood claimed that it treated “fetal remains” just as hospitals and other medical facilities treat medical waste, a claim that means there is no inherent difference between a dismembered human body and a tumor or diseased organ.
Since then several bills requiring the bodies of aborted babies to be treat as human remains rather than as trash have been introduced into the Ohio legislature.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Planned Parenthood’s attorney Jennifer Branch said the lawsuit has continued for six months because “the organization couldn’t trust the state not to enforce the current statute.”
The suit was one of three by Planned Parenthood pending against Ohio, all acted on this week.
First, Ohio Health Director Richard Hodges gave Cincinnati’s Planned Parenthood abortion center a one-year medical license. The center had been operating without a license since losing a transfer agreement with a local hospital and failing to make an alternate arrangement Hodges said was safe — finding four doctors who would contract for emergency care. The company found four doctors, so Hodges granted the license. Licensing requirements for abortion businesses are the subject of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, whose Sharonville, OH, business lost its surgical license and whose Kettering, OH, surgical license is pending.
In a third recent victory, late last month a federal judge took the rare step of issuing a restraining order against Gov. Kasich’s order denying most taxpayer funds to any business that performs abortions. On Wednesday, the judge extended the order until August 5th.
Paula Westwood, executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, said the state’s pro-life groups are disappointed, but not surprised, by the legal actions. “These judges are obviously sympathetic to Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Over and over again, they are caving to political pressure and issuing rulings based on agenda, not the Constitution. The Ohio legislature has put laws on the books based on the legislative process after holding hearings, and these judges are stepping in in support of special interest groups.”
The US Supreme Court’s ruling on a Texas abortion law, expected to be handed down this month, has spurred legal action on both sides of the issue, she said. And as the country’s largest, wealthiest, and most politically connected abortion business, she added, Planned Parenthood is quick to file lawsuits — and always tries to get its court costs covered.
“I’m not surprised that this case was settled,” Westwood said. “But it’s not the end. The settlement simply means that the Ohio Department of Health will not enforce the current, vague rules for humane disposal of aborted babies’ remains. We look forward to the passage of Senate Bill 254, the Unborn Child Dignity Act, in the Ohio House and signed by Governor Kasich to ensure clear humane guidelines in statute for cremation or burial of these tiny bodies.”