Georgia abortion clinics follow law on fetal remains, state says


Georgia abortion clinics follow law on fetal remains, state says

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Anti-abortion activists rally against federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

State public health investigators have concluded that Planned Parenthood Southeast and four other abortion providers are properly disposing of fetal tissues after abortions.

The commissioner of the Department Public Health, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, told Gov. Nathan Deal in a letter Wednesday that her agency had completed the inquiry that Deal ordered last month after videotapes surfaced of national Planned Parenthood officials talking about harvesting fetal remains.

Fitzgerald wrote: “As you know, Georgia law requires that licensed abortion clinics (or a medical disposal service provider with whom they have contracted) to bury or cremate fetal remains following the termination of a pregnancy. DNA or genetic testing can and does take place in certain cases, such as if a rape has occurred or there was an abnormality in the pregnancy.”

She said the abortion providers reviewed by her investigators are all complying with the law.

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