Missouri’s state attorney general has opened an investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion business following two videos exposing top Planned Parenthood doctors negotiating the sale of body parts of aborted babies it kills in its clinics.
A second shocking video in as many weeks has been released showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies. The first video 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.
Previously Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) wrote to Attorney General Chris Koster informing him that the state legislature will look into the video and the revelations it reveals. And Missouri House Reps. Andrew Koenig and Diane Franklin have also said they will lead an investigation.
Now, Koster has launched his own investigation to determine if the Planned Parenthood abortion business violated any Missouri laws — though the probe is limited in scope because Planned Parenthood faces allegations it broke federal laws prohibiting partial-birth abortions and the sale of body parts from aborted babies.
The Attorney General’s office said: “Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that his office had opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri have violated state law in connection with their provision of abortion services. The investigation comes after the public release of undercover videos depicting conversations with Planned Parenthood employees. The videos raised questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices regarding the extraction and disposal of fetal organs and whether the clinics offer patients adequate, accurate information about these procedures.”
“Regardless of whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, the questions raised by these videos require careful review.” Koster said. “My office will investigate whether the practices described have occurred within our state and whether Missouri law has been violated.”
Meanwhile, Senate Leader Tom Dempsey today announced the creation of the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life. Dempsey said recent allegations against Planned Parenthood’s business model deserve a thorough investigation.
“The recent allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue to medical laboratories is not only appalling, but illegal as well,” said Dempsey. “This type of action demands a legislative investigation. I am tasking this interim committee to find out exactly what is going on behind closed doors and hold them accountable for any illegal actions.”
Appointed interim committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said if these serious allegations prove to be true, the facility should not only lose its license, but be stripped of all federal funds they currently receive.
“Missourians deserve to know the truth behind this potentially atrocious violation of our state laws and humane values,” said Schaefer. “Over the next few months this committee will conduct a rigorous investigation into the monstrous and inconceivable acts carried out by Planned Parenthood.”
“These are horrifying allegations. As a pro-life senator, I have always done my best to protect the sanctity of life,” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “The effects of abortion on both the child and the mother are devastating. These appalling acts would only further the damage done already.”
The committee will include seven members, and the duties will include conducting an in-depth analysis of the Planned Parenthood business model and methods by which they dispose human remains from aborted fetuses and determining whether any state dollars have been directly used in such activity, as well as other duties. The committee will hold public hearings and issue a report to the General Assembly by Dec. 1, 2015.