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Judge Drops Order As Ohio Backs Off Fetal Disposal Rule

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A federal judge has dropped his order that blocked Ohio officials from taking action against Planned Parenthood, after the state said it won't enforce a fetal tissue disposal rule.

An investigation by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine criticized Planned Parenthood facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills. Planned Parenthood called the report's allegations "inflammatory" and says it follows Ohio law.

Ohio requires providers to dispose of aborted fetuses "in a humane manner," with no further definition of "humane."

DeWine said last week the health department won't enforce the regulation as lawmakers seek to clarify disposal procedures.

Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. said in a Monday court document he finds no reason to continue the temporary restraining order given the state's notice.