A company contracting with a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Missouri has been caught shipping the bodies of aborted babies out of state as “medical waste” in violation of the state permit of another medical waste processing company in Indiana.
Now, the Indiana-based company MedAssure is facing a fine and a probe from state officials for violating its state permit by accepting the aborted babies form Planned Parenthood, even though the state does not allow the company to process the remains of aborted children.
A local ABC television state reported on the violations after conducting an investigation. The investigation examined the companies Planned Parenthood uses to process the bodies of aborted babies and a Missouri-based firm, Pathology Services, contracts with Planned Parenthood and then apparently shipped the aborted babies to MedAssure.
Call 6 Investigates reached out to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management after receiving a tip about possible fetal remains being sent to Indianapolis from Missouri. IDEM said it is looking into the west side Indianapolis facility. Details of the investigation and the fine are expected to be released on Tuesday.
But the deliveries that raised questions came from Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
Under their 2012 state permit, MedAssure can handle and treat medical waste and transport the waste to a final disposal facility. It can’t handle or process fetal remains.
The Missouri investigation was prompted by the Center for Medical Progress videos showing Planned Parenthood’s role in aborted baby body parts trafficking. The Missouri AG’s report, which states, “our investigation traced the fetal organs and tissue removed during surgical abortions performed by PPSLR from the surgery, to the pathological examination, to their ultimate destruction”, includes an invoice copy and a medical waste tracking document from MedAssure in Indianapolis.
Mike Fichter of Indiana Right to Life told LifeNews today that the pro-life group is renewing its call for changes in Indiana’s fetal disposal laws in the wake of the report.
“This new investigative report is a troubling reminder that Indiana law currently permits aborted baby parts to be lumped in with and discarded as medical waste,” he said. “If a permit violation has occurred, there needs to be disciplinary action. But we don’t believe aborted babies should be treated as medical waste, period. The Indiana legislature needs to step in now and ensure that aborted children are disposed of in a dignified and humane manner.”
“We’re horrified by the Missouri report’s allegations that containers of aborted babies are coming into Indiana from out of state for disposal,” said Indiana Right to Life’s Vice-President of Policy Enforcement, Cathie Humbarger. “Every child’s life is precious and deserving of dignity, even if the child’s existence is shortened by the barbaric practice of abortion. Disposing of these children’s bodies as medical waste is stripping these children of any final dignity.”
Indiana Right to Life is backing new legislation in Indiana that would require humane final disposition of aborted babies in Indiana and restrict the trafficking of aborted babies into and out of Indiana. House Bill 1337 recently passed the Indiana House by a wide margin and will now go the Senate for consideration.