In the wake of a national controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office announced it will investigate the abortion giant after a shocking new expose’ video that caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies. Congress is also set to launch an investigation.
DeWine opened an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s surgical facilities following the release of an undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services admitting that the organization harvests and sells parts of aborted babies. State law prohibits the sale of aborted babies. The charitable law section of the Attorney General’s office will subpoena records for Planned Parenthood’s offices in order to discover whether or not Planned Parenthood is in violation of the Ohio Revised Code.
New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.
In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks.
Now, DeWine wants to ensure Planned Parenthood is not “profiting from the sale of aborted babies.”
“Any person or abortion clinic involved in such a practice described in the video may have violated specific state or federal laws,” DeWine said in a statement today. The statement seeks information related ot any illegal activities Planned Parenthood may have conducted.
DeWine’s actions puts Ohio in league with other states moving to investigate Planned Parenthood. Governors of two states are also looking into the selling of body parts from aborted babies and Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have launched investigations in their states.
Leading pro-life groups were encouraged by the news, with Ohio Right to Life emailing LifeNews.com in response.
“A potential black market for the sale of aborted babies was unearthed this week, and it is critical that Ohio responds swiftly to ensure that such a horrendous practice does not exist within our borders,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “The ban on the sale of aborted babies has been on the books since 1974 and has withstood the test of time. Yet Planned Parenthood has found a way to remove the last shred of dignity for the unborn baby by selling their body piece by piece.”
“As with the case of Kermit Gosnell, abortion once again has surfaced in the American conscience as something gruesome and inhumane,” said Gonidakis. “As much as we wish this story weren’t true, we know what abortion is. We know the pain and trauma that it causes for over 23,000 babies in Ohio. And we know the lengths Planned Parenthood will go to make a profit off of a vulnerable woman and her unborn child. We thank the Attorney General for taking a stand for human life in Ohio.”
Gonidakis said of Ohio’s abortion facilities have closed over the last four years, oftentimes because of failure to meet health and safety standards for ambulatory surgical facilities. Last summer, Planned Parenthood of Bedford Heights was fined $25,000 by the Ohio Department of Health for health and safety violations, to include the improper storage of eight containers of human tissue.
The abortion giant released a statement from a top official defending Nucatola and its practice of selling body parts of aborted babies, which it calls “tissue.” Here is the Planned Parenthood press release.