For Immediate Release - July 29, 2015

AG Healey Statement on Planned Parenthood Review

AG’s Office Finds Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts Fully Compliant with State and Federal Laws

BOSTON – In response to allegations against Planned Parenthood chapters nationwide regarding the illegal sale of fetal tissue, and a request for her office to review practices in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following statement:

 “Over the past three weeks, a group called the Center for Medical Progress has released online videos that claim to show evidence of the illegal sale of fetal tissue by certain Planned Parenthood chapters around the nation. My office was asked to review the practices of Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts to ensure that their practices conform to state and federal law. Over the past week, my office has conducted a thorough review and found that Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ health care centers are fully compliant with state and federal laws regarding the disposition of fetal tissue. Although donation of fetal tissue is permissible under state and federal law, PPLM does not have a tissue donation program. There is no evidence that PPLM is involved in any way in the buying or selling of tissue. As such, our review is complete.

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts provides basic health care services to 50,000 Massachusetts patients a year, including low-income women and families. They offer cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control. I believe strongly in the mission of Planned Parenthood, and am proud of the work they have done to help ensure the safe access to health care when and where women need it. I will fight to support Planned Parenthood and preserve the essential health services that they provide to so many women. I urge everyone who cares about these issues to do the same.”