Attorney General Responds to Request for Planned Parenthood Investigation

On Friday, Attorney General  Bob Ferguson acknowledged receipt of a request from forty-four state legislators calling for him to investigate whether Planned Parenthood in Washington State is selling fetal body parts in violation of state law.  A copy of a letter sent to the Attorney General can be found here.

The response was brief, stating simply that:

“We are researching your request and considering whether some action on our part is appropriate.”

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However, the response to constituents requesting an investigation of Planned Parenthood has been more specific.

Thank you for your recent correspondence expressing concern about Planned Parenthood and a recent video related to the organization.  We understand that this topic is of concern to many.

The issues discussed in the video, and decisions regarding potential state or federal funding to the organization, are not matters over which this office has authority.  You may wish to reach out to the state and federal legislators representing your area to express your concerns.

The primary function of the Attorney General of Washington is to serve as legal counsel for state agencies, boards and commissions.  Neither the office nor its attorneys are authorized to give legal advice or legal assistance to individual citizens.  I hope that you will understand the limited role that our office plays in such matters.

A. Baker
Constituent Correspondence Liaison
Washington State Attorney General’s Office


To contact the Attorney General about this issue, call him at 360-753-6200.  Please be respectful, but make sure you are heard.


5 replies
  1. Saint John the Baptist
    Saint John the Baptist says:

    Susan: The only way for Mr. Ferguson to be held accountable is to vote him out of office. Then, perhaps, the voters can elect someone with a functioning moral compass.

  2. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    Planned Parenthood receives funding from tax payers in Washington. Our elected representatives who signed this letter deserve more than the escape and evade tactic Ferguson is using to weasel out of an investigation.

  3. Susan
    Susan says:

    How do the people of Washington state get him to be honest in his answers? How do we make him accountable for doing nothing in this request?

  4. Dan
    Dan says:

    Funny, he didn’t say that he wasn’t authorized to give legal assistance to private citizens when he decided to sue Barronelle Stutzmann on behalf of Bob Ingersoll and Curt Freed. Oh but that’s a state issue? Well so is this case against Planned Parenthood.


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