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.

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

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

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