Tennessee Becomes 10th State to Investigate Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2015   |   5:44PM   |   Nashville, TN

Tennessee is the 10th state that will conduct some kind of investigation into whether or not the Planned Parenthood abortion business is breaking any state or federal laws with its sales of aborted baby body parts.

News of a state legislature hearing slated for mid August comes at a time when a third video released today caught a Planned Parenthood vice president negotiating the sale of aborted babies and attempting to get as much money as possible from the deal.

As LifeNews reported, the first video of 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 second video, Planned Parenthood doctor Maru Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.

In Tennessee, in response to the release of undercover videos highlighting Planned Parenthood’s aggressive involvement in the harvesting and marketing of fetal body parts, chairmen of Government Operations committees in both the state House and state Senate are preparing to request an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s practices.

“The gruesome videos released by the Center for Medical Progress have implications at Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide, including those located here in Tennessee,” said Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville.)  “The executives filmed were in national leadership roles in the company.  We want the facts about who is watching to ensure that the trafficking of baby parts is not happening in Tennessee and whether or not we need additional rules and regulations to make sure federal and state laws against this horrific practice are enforced.”

Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, R-Riceville, and House Government Operations Committee Chairman Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, have requested that Tennessee Commissioner of Health John Dreyzehner appear at the Aug. 19 meeting in Nashville.

The lawmakers’ meeting was called after the release of two videos by the Center for Medical Progress allegedly showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of aborted tissues.

A 1989 Tennessee law states bans the sale of of aborted fetuses, saying that “no person, agency, corporation, partnership, or association shall offer or accept money or anything of value for an aborted fetus.”  The law also bans medical experiments of a fetus without the consent of the mother.

Faison said: “Regardless of where you stand on abortion, we can all agree what we have seen Planned Parenthood do is abhorrent! The Tennessee Department of Health must take all precautions to see that this never happens in our state.”

A spokesman for the Department of Health said he was legally barred from confirming or denying whether the state agency was conducting any investigation into Tennessee’s seven abortion clinics.

Nine other states have already launched an investigation including Massachusetts, KansasMissouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana and members of Congress have launched an investigation as well.

The undercover footage catches the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates abortion clinics and abortion referral centers in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada.

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Standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic pathology laboratory, where the bodies of babies are brought after abortions, Ginde concludes that payment per organ removed from an aborted baby will be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2), though the law is riddled with loopholes that essentially allow such sales.

The second part of the new video catches Dr. Katherine Sheehan, Medical Director emerita of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest in San Diego, who describes her affiliate’s long-time relationship with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a middleman company that has been providing aborted fetal organs since 1989.

She says: “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, you know, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big government-level collections and things like that.”

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