DOJ Investigating Planned Parenthood

Dec 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) is now investigating Planned Parenthood regarding the sale of aborted baby body parts for profit. Last Friday, DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, which purchased aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, agreed to pay $7.785 million and cease all business operations in California.

Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting unredacted documents underlying a 2016 investigation by the committee into the exchange of human fetal tissue that had been donated for research by women who got abortions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives both referred Planned Parenthood and the organ procurement companies to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and prosecution. Based on its findings, the Judiciary Committee’s report, “Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy,” concluded that the executive branch had failed for years to exercise oversight on the tissue transfer process and created a situation where costs and fees were not properly accounted for. The report recommended that the Justice Department “fully investigate” the fetal tissue practices of Planned Parenthood, its affiliates, and three companies involved in the sale of the tissue for potential crimes.

The DOJ investigation comes as a result of the 14 undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress that show Planned Parenthood officials trafficking body parts of aborted babies, flippantly negotiating prices and abortion methods to sell aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers and brains. Liberty Counsel represents Sandra “Susan” Merritt, one of the two journalists with the Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover work exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices of harvesting organs from aborted babies and selling them to organ procurement organizations, including StemExpress, LLC, Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. and Novogenix Laboratories, LLC., for profit. Cecil Richards, Planned Parenthood’s CEO, has admitted before Congress that the recordings were made in public places and were not confidential.

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.

“This investigation of Planned Parenthood is long overdue,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The Obama administration shielded Planned Parenthood from scrutiny. The smothered voices of innocent children cry out for justice. There is no amount of money that can bring back all the precious lives lost due to the despicable actions of Planned Parenthood and these organ procurement companies. Two of the organ procurement companies have now faced the consequences of their barbaric acts. Now it is time for Planned Parenthood to face justice,” said Staver.

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