An investigation by the attorney general’s office in Missouri has found no evidence that a Planned Parenthood clinic in the state illegally handled fetal tissue. The conclusions of the attorney general, Chris Koster, were released before the organization called for a nationwide demonstration on Tuesday called “National Pink Out Day” to rally support after recent controversy over undercover videos by abortion opponents.
Planned Parenthood has repeatedly denied the claims made in the videos, which were made surreptitiously by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress and released during the summer.
The Missouri attorney general’s report said that it reviewed more than 3,500 pages of documents and conducted multiple interviews of representatives at the clinic and the pathology laboratory. The 47-page report included copies of lab reports and waste-disposal tracking documents.
It said the investigation covered 317 surgical abortions that took place in June, a month that was chosen because the procedures happened before the release of the videos in July.
“As a result of our investigation, the Office of the Missouri Attorney General has found no evidence that PPSLR has engaged in unlawful disposal of fetal organs and tissue,” the report said, using the abbreviation of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.