Millions of Americans have known for years that Planned Parenthood is a corrupt organization that should be investigated. Now, it appears that this could finally be happening.
The Hill reported that the FBI has just asked the Senate for unredacted documents it obtained from abortion providers, which suggests that the bureau may be investigating whether Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers illegally sold fetal tissue and body parts. Sources said that this request was made in recent days to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), last December referred Planned Parenthood and several other abortion providers to the FBI for investigation after a lengthy probe into the transfers of fetal tissue.
At the time, Grassley said that his committee had uncovered enough evidence in its final investigative report to show abortion providers had transferred tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses to firms for use in research by charging dollar amounts above their actual costs. A 1993 law allows abortion providers to transfer fetal tissue for research at a cost equal to the price of obtaining it, but are not allowed to sell it at a profit.
Planned Parenthood released a statement saying that though it is aware of Grassley’s prior request for a criminal probe, none of its affiliates has had any contact with the FBI. The organization also claimed that it provided more than 30,000 pages of documents and several witnesses to the congressional probes and believes it has complied with the law.
“Planned Parenthood strongly disagrees with the recommendations of the Senate Republican staff to refer this matter to the Justice Department, especially in light of the fact that investigations by three other Congressional committees, and investigations in 13 states including a Grand Jury in Texas, have all shown that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong,” said Dana Singiser, Vice President of Government Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“These accusations are baseless, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has never, and would never, profit while facilitating its patients’ choice to donate fetal tissue for use in important medical research,” she added.
“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,” Grassley wrote last December when he asked the FBI and Justice Department to investigate Planned Parenthood. “… 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.”
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