An investigation by the Missouri attorney general’s office has found no evidence that a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis sells fetal tissue in violation of state law.
Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, issued his findings Monday morning. The investigation was launched this summer after videos were released by anti-abortion activists alleging Planned Parenthood sold fetal body parts.
The commercial sale of fetal tissue is illegal.
Koster’s office examined documents from 317 separate abortions, he said. The documents showed after an abortion is complete, the tissue is placed into a container and transported to the pathology lab for examination. When the lab completes its work, a waste-disposal company collects the tissue, takes it to the incinerator and destroys it.
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“The evidence reviewed by my investigators supports Planned Parenthood’s representation that fetal tissue is handled in accordance with Missouri law,” Koster said in a written statement. “We have discovered no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue.”