COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s attorney general said the state will not enforce a fetal tissue disposal rule at the center of a dispute with Planned Parenthood.
Ohio requires providers to dispose of aborted fetuses “in a humane manner.” There is no further definition of “humane.”
Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday that the state’s health department has agreed not to enforce the regulation as the agency and others seek to clarify disposal procedures.
The focus on the rule follows an investigation by DeWine that criticizes three Planned Parenthood facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.
Planned Parenthood calls the report’s allegations “inflammatory” and said it follows Ohio law.
Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s health director, accusing him of changing the interpretation of the disposal rules without notice.
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