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House Committee to investigate Planned Parenthood’s role in obtaining intact fetal body parts, Senate committee asks for detailed records

by | Jul 16, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Speaker of the House John Boehner

Pro-life Speaker of the House John Boehner

  “The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”

I thought of that yesterday as Congress moved not slowly but quickly in response to a hidden camera video in which two undercover investigators are shown discussing with a high ranking PPFA official how these supposed “procurers” of fetal tissue could work with Planned Parenthood affiliates to harvest intact baby body parts.

If ever the descriptor “shocking” is deserved, it would be of the stomach-turning discussion between the investigators and Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director for medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, who cavalierly talked about baby livers and brains and lungs while eating lunch.

House Speaker John Boehner called for an investigation. “Nothing is more precious than life, especially an unborn child,” he said in a statement. “When anyone diminishes an unborn child, we are all hurt, irreversibly so.”  He added, “When an organization monetizes an unborn child — and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video — we must all act.”

Speaker Boehner also said President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell should “denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.”

Very shortly thereafter the House Energy and Commerce Committee said it would investigate. “This video is abhorrent and rips at the heart,” said Committee Chairman Fred Upton and three other members of the committee in a joint statement. “The committee will get to the bottom of this appalling situation.”

The office of Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also issued a statement that Senator Grassley “is making inquiries to Planned Parenthood and the Justice Department following media reports of a video describing in detail Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of fetal tissue. … In his initial inquiry to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Grassley began asking questions about the organization’s facilitation of the activities described in the video.”

In his letter to Richards, Sen. Grassley asked the information be sent to his committee in response to six different areas of concern–and by July 29. The request includes, “The total amount of revenue generated by Planned Parenthood’s provision of fetal tissue”; “A detailed accounting of the costs incurred by Planned Parenthood’s provision of fetal tissue”; and “Copies of the types of consent forms used to obtain consent for such use of fetal tissue from women having abortions.”

Please see here to for an explanation of how PPFA manipulates women into “consenting” to “donate” their baby’s body parts.

For additional stories and commentary on the investigation by the Center for Medical Progress, see our stories here; here; and here.

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