SC abortion clinics continue to be investigated

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The House Legislative Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee met Monday morning to discuss the investigation of three SC abortion clinics.

The investigation began in August, after Gov. Nikki Haley called for a review of the three clinics.

The topic gained national attention when security videos surfaced of Planned Parenthood officials talking about collecting fetal organs for research.

On Monday, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Health and Environmental Control were asked about their relationship with Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.

DHEC fined and suspended two abortion clinics in 2015 for paperwork issues and fetuses being sterilized with steam and taken to a landfill, rather than incinerated as required by law.

DHEC’s Catherine Heigel said all fetal tissue is required to be cremated, or donated for medical research.

Heigel said fines range from $2,200 to $21,150 for violating state disposal regulations for the clinics.

She said on Monday, there’s no evidence of any of the clinics accepting money for fetal tissue donations.

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