Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who heads the Department of Public Health, said state law in Georgia requires that fetal remains be either cremated or buried. Doing anything else with the remains, she said, is “illegal, immoral and unethical.”
Republican candidates running for president have also pounced on the video. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has also ordered an investigation in his state, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker drew applause at campaign stops when telling crowds he defunded the organization in his state.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, both Republicans, have also ordered investigations.
The video that surfaced Tuesday was released by the Center for Medical Progress, a California-based anti-abortion group. It shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, discussing how it provides fetal tissue to researchers.
The outrage over the video is likely to remain a hot issue into next year's session of the Legislature. The Georgia Life Alliance, an anti-abortion group, said in a statement that it was urging state legislators to "acknowledge the gravity of this evidence and launch an investigation to ensure this is not happening in Georgia."