CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday temporarily blocked Ohio from initiating legal action against three Planned Parenthood facilities the state's attorney general accused last week of violating rules for disposal of fetal remains.
Planned Parenthood, which denied violating any state rules, sued Ohio in U.S. District Court, saying state Attorney General Mike DeWine had singled out the organization over all other healthcare providers in violation of its rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.
DeWine said on Friday he would seek injunctions against Planned Parenthood facilities in Cincinnati, Columbus and Bedford Heights, seeking to stop the current method of disposal of fetal remains. He said they had sent the remains to companies that disposed of them in landfills in violation of state rules.
DeWine announced those plans after disclosing that a state investigation he launched after an anti-abortion group released videos it said showed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissue found no evidence of that in Ohio.
Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives introduced proposals on Monday that would require clinics to dispose of post-abortion remains by burial or cremation and for women to chose the method on a state health department form.
Planned Parenthood has denied wrongdoing and has said that abortion services account for about 3 percent of its work. The bills are targeted to make it harder for women to seek abortions, Planned Parenthood officials said.
(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by David Bailey and Peter Cooney)
When Huckabee compared Planned Parenthood to a heroin dealer.
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“Planned Parenthood isn’t purely a ‘healthcare provider’ any more than a heroin dealer is a community pharmacist."
-- Mike Huckabee
When Rubio talked about the sweet incentives women are given to choose abortion.
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"You’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but [also to be] able to sell that fetal tissue."
-- Marco Rubio
When Trump sounded off about "abortion factories."
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“The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly."
-- Donald Trump
When a comparison was made between Planned Parenthood and the KKK.
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"Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to Black lives than the KKK ever was."
-- E. W. Jackson
When Fiorina had some opinions on liberal priorities.
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"Liberals believe that flies are worth protecting, but that the life of an unborn child is not."
-- Carly Fiorina
When we all learned that rape victims don't need abortion bill exemptions, because rape kits are basically abortions.
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"In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out."
-- Jodie Laubenberg
When Kurcaba looked for the silver lining of conception from rape.
"Obviously rape is awful. What is beautiful is the child that could come from this."
-- Brian Kurcaba
When Franks was confused about how pregnancy works.
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"The incidence of pregnancy resulting from rape are very low."
-- Rep. Trent Franks
When one Rep suggested forcing women to watch abortion videos.
"Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a 'surgical procedure.' If it's not a life it shouldn't matter, if it doesn't harm a woman then she shouldn't care, and don't we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway?"
-- Rep. Terri Proud
When Bachmann said Planned Parenthood was just like LensCrafters.
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"The executive director of Planned Parenthood in Illinois said they want to become the LensCrafter of big abortion in Illinois."
-- Michele Bachmann
When this dude posited that if women should be allowed to have abortions, men should be allowed to rape.
"If a woman has [the right to an abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [usually] result in anyone’s death."
-- Lawrence Lockman
When that "legitimate rape" comment happened.
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“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.”
-- Todd Akin
When Mourdock thought pregnancy from rape was God's will.
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"Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
-- Richard Mourdock
When Koster didn't really get "the rape thing" and how it might relate to a woman's desire to get an abortion.
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"But on the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?"
-- John Koster
When Cruz called Planned Parenthood a "criminal enterprise."
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"We shouldn't be sending $500 million of taxpayer money to funding an ongoing criminal enterprise."
-- Ted Cruz
When Christie accused Hillary Clinton of supporting "the systematic murder of children."
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"Hillary Clinton... believes in the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts."
-- Chris Christie
When Jeb just didn't understand why women's health requires funding.
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"I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."
-- Jeb Bush