The Department of Justice is launching a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and its alleged involvement in the sale of body parts of aborted babies.
Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd has formally requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, reports Fox News. According to the news report, the letter requesting the documents – sent to committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – “is a rare confirmation of a federal investigation.”
“The Department of Justice appreciates the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials, and would like to request the Committee provide unredacted copies of records contained in the report, in order to further the Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of that report based on the full range of information available,” Boyd wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News.
“At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only—we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the Department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury,” he added.
Grassley stated he believed his committee had uncovered more than enough evidence in its final investigative report to demonstrate abortion providers had indeed transferred tissue and body parts from aborted babies to various firms to use in research by charging an extremely lucrative profit above and beyond the original cost. All committee findings were submitted in a final report entitled “Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy” published in December 2016.
Grassley wrote to the FBI last December imploring the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate this issue further, stating –
“The report documents the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying and selling of human fetal tissue. It also documents substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.”
This federal investigation serves as a vindication for activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress. Both posed as fetal researchers back in 2015 and made a series of undercover videos of themselves with Planned Parenthood executives attempting to purchase fetal remains. The videos cover conversations with Planned Parents as well as StemExpress, a California based company that provides blood, tissue, and other additional biological material for medical research. StemExpress has received fetal remains from Planned Parenthood prior to these investigative videos for purchase.
The explosive videos of the individuals, allegedly discussing how they obtain the highest quality fetal body parts during abortions in order to maximize sales to biotech companies, rocked the nation, launching multiple congressional investigations into the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries. Naturally the abortion industry and their supporters attempted to fight back.
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) December 8, 2017
The Senate Judiciary Committee referred Planned Parenthood to both the FBI and the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
Based on its findings, the Judiciary Committee’s Majority Staff Report concluded that Planned Parenthood’s partners in the biomedical procurement industry paid the abortion chain’s affiliates for the body parts of aborted babies “and then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.”
“The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) initially had a policy in place to ensure its affiliates were complying with the law, but the affiliates failed to follow its fetal tissue reimbursement policy,” the report continued. “When PPFA learned in 2011 of this situation, PPFA canceled the policy rather than exercise oversight to bring the affiliates back into compliance. Thus, PPFA not only turned a blind eye to the affiliates’ violations of its fetal tissue policy, but also altered its own oversight procedures enabling those affiliates’ practices to continue unimpeded.”
“This is long-awaited, good news,” says Abby Johnson, who heads And Then There Were None – an organization that helps abortion industry workers leave their jobs.
“Planned Parenthood has actively participated in illegal activity, selling the body parts of aborted babies in exchange for profit,” she said in a statement. “They’ve lied to the very women they purport to fight for. I saw it first-hand when I worked for the abortion giant and yet, they still manage to obtain over half a billion dollars a year in our tax dollars. Congress should immediately halt any money to the abortion giant until the FBI completes their investigation.”
The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
It seems that now we will finally have some proof and planned parenthood can go to history!
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