- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Thirty-four Republican state legislators have signed a letter asking Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate Planned Parenthood over allegations of selling fetal tissue.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/B4FCUv ) the letter cites a controversial undercover video of a national official with the organization talking about delivering tissues from aborted fetuses to researchers.

The lawmakers say they want Ferguson to investigate whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state have illegally profited from the sale of fetal body parts.

Planned Parenthood leaders have denied wrongdoing, saying the “heavily edited” video has been distorted by abortion foes.

The group says it follows the law and ethical guidelines in its handling of fetal tissues donated for medical research.

In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee defended Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood provides millions of women across the country access to a full range of affordable health care and family planning services. National extremist organizations are engaged in a concerted effort to discredit, and ultimately eliminate, an organization that so many women rely on,” he said. “I stand with them in their efforts to ensure every woman needing access to safe and legal reproductive health care can get it.”

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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