A disposal company that works with Planned Parenthood failed to stop a pro-life group from exposing its connection to the abortion industry this week.
The pro-life group Created Equal said it launched the campaign #ProjectWeakLink at the end of March to show how the disposal business Stericycle is “enabling” Planned Parenthood to kill preborn children. The Ohio-based group said it distributed informational postcards in the Lake Forest, Illinois area where Stericycle is located.
Two days later, Stericycle filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the campaign. However, on Monday, Created Equal said an Illinois court rejected the disposal company’s motion. This means the pro-life group can continue its campaign while the lawsuit moves through the court. The group announced the court victory on its Facebook page. Lawyers from the Thomas More Society represented the pro-lifers in court.
Mark Harrington, National Director for Created Equal, called on the disposal business to end its work with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
“This lawsuit just confirms that Stericycle is more interested in doing the dirty work for Planned Parenthood than protecting their image as a respectable waste disposal company,” Harrington said. “Further public exposure of their sloppy and unethical business practices in a lawsuit is far more damaging to Stericycle’s image than ceasing to dispose of aborted babies for Planned Parenthood. Stericycle needs to stop enabling Planned Parenthood’s killing machine.”
According to the Daily North Shore, the disposal business and its CEO Charles Alutto are seeking financial damages and a permanent stop to the campaign. According to their lawsuit, Created Equal and Harrington sent people to Alutto’s home and other nearby residents containing “a photo of Mr. Alutto along with his name, home address and business telephone number side by side with graphic images of mutilated fetuses.”
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A Stericycle spokeswoman told the local news outlet that it is against the company’s policy to allow the disposal of fetuses.
Harrington, however, contends that the disposal company does dispose of aborted babies for Planned Parenthood. According to Created Equal’s campaign, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s investigation of Planned Parenthood revealed that Stericycle disposes of fetal remains for Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio.
“Disposing of aborted babies has its consequences. The campaign to expose Stericycle continues,” Harrington said. “We will not be bullied into silence.”
Stericycle has been exposed before for contracting with abortion clinics to dispose of aborted babies’ body parts. In 2011, when two abortion clinics in Texas were fined for illegally dumping aborted baby remains, they blamed Stericycle for the non-compliance.