Congressman: If Planned Parenthood Doc Selling Aborted Babies Won’t Attend Hearing, We’ll Subpoena

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 23, 2015   |   10:39AM   |   Washington, DC

A prominent pro-life Congressman who chairs one of the two House committees investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business for potentially illegally selling the body parts of abortion babies says if one of the Planned Parenthood doctors in the videos refuses to attend the hearing, his committee will subpoena her.

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.

In the second video, Mary Gatter, the Medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California, discusses selling aborted baby body parts with undercover investigators posing as officials with a biotech company that acts as a middleman to sell aborted baby body parts to universities and other places that conduct such research. Gatter is a senior official within Planned Parenthood and is President of the Medical Directors’ Council, the central committee of all Planned Parenthood affiliate medical directors.

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As reported, the promised Congressional investigation of a shocking new expose’ video that caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies has begun.

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today sent a letter requesting that the Planned Parenthood abortion business make Dr. Deborah Nucatola available to brief the committee on Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the body parts of babies victimized by abortion.

But a Planned Parenthood attorney has informed Congress that Nucatola will not attend the hearing.

Responding to that, chairman of the health subcommittee on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Pitts, said he intends to subpoena Nucatola if she does not voluntarily agree to speak to the committee’s staffers. He is giving her until next week to comply voluntarily before deciding to subpoena her.

From Politico:

Planned Parenthood has said it is “still assessing” whether Nucatola will voluntarily attend a staff briefing, citing concerns over GOP allegations of potential criminal activity by the organization and its employees.

“We’ll subpoena her,” Pitts warned. “If they say no, we’ll subpoena her.”

Pitts said the timing would likely be after Congress returns from its five-week recess.

But Pitts said the Center for Medical Progress – the anti-abortion organization behind the secret taping of Nucatola and other Planned Parenthood employees – “has thousands of hours of these tapes,” meaning more video releases are expected in coming weeks and months. So far, only two such videos have emerged, but Planned Parenthood officials have acknowledged publicly and privately that they expect more to be released soon.

The letter from the committee to Planned Parenthood read; “Given your statement that this video falsely portrays Planned Parenthood and the questions raised by the video, we respectfully request that Dr. Nucatola provide a briefing to committee staff no later than July 31, 2015, to explain specifically the context and meaning of her statements on the video, what comments were edited or not portrayed accurately, and to provide information so that we may better understand your organization’s practices and standards relating to the collection and sale of fetal tissue.”

Planned Parenthood attorney Roger Evans wrote the response to the Congressional hearing request saying Nucatola would not likely appear and offering another top Planned Parenthood official instead.

of the Center for Medical Progress, which has released the two videos exposing the Planned Parenthood sales of aborted baby body parts, says Evans has been working to protect Planned Parenthood aborted body part business for some time.

“In the reply of their top attorney to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, refusing to provide Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola to brief the committee on fetal body parts harvesting, Planned Parenthood displays the same contempt for the law against selling baby parts that they did during our nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study,” Daleiden explained.

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Daleiden continued:

Roger Evans, the author of the letter, is the head of the same Litigation and Law Department that Dr. Nucatola says “really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue, right now” of harvesting fetal organs. Roger Evans gave a presentation to Planned Parenthood affiliates at their March 2015 National Meeting encouraging them to supply fetal tissue in exchange for remuneration. He has been helping Planned Parenthood evade the law on fetal tissue trafficking for over 15 years, and if Planned Parenthood is so confident they follow the law on baby parts sales, they should willingly provide the conference recording of his presentation to the three Congressional committees now investigating.

The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work, and we look forward to showing the public more clear evidence that Planned Parenthood routinely profits from the sale of baby parts and changes the abortion procedures it uses on pregnant women in order to do so. Congress and state authorities are right to continue to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for these atrocities against humanity.