Senate Republicans Expand Investigation of Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 5, 2015   |   3:02PM   |   Washington, DC

After Democrats blocked a bill to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, Senate Republicans have expanded their investigation of the abortion company for its role in selling the body parts of babies victimized by abortions.

Sen. Charles Grassley, a pro-life Iowa Republican who is a prominent committee chairman, announced that he is expanding the Congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood by requesting information from private companies involved in fetal organ procurement that obtain the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood.

Grassley had previously requested information from Planned Parenthood related to allegations in the undercover videos that the abortion giant was illegally profiting from the sale of aborted baby remains. The Boston Herald has more details:

A top Senate Republican is expanding the investigation into Planned Parenthood as anti-abortion activists released a fifth undercover video yesterday they claim shows 
another executive discussing payments for tissue from aborted fetuses.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley — who sent questions to Planned Parenthood headquarters and the Justice Department after the Center for Medical Research’s first video appeared online — announced yesterday he is expanding his probe into how the abortion provider obtains fetal tissue by requesting information from private companies 
involved in the process.

Grassley previously made an inquiry to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and more recently has requested information from each of the Planned Parenthood affiliates regarding each affiliate’s fetal tissue policies as well as copies of documents such as policies, presentations, guidance, and communications related to its facilitation of the procurement and distribution of fetal tissue.

He has also made inquiries to the three companies noted in the videos as acquiring fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. StemExpress, Advanced Bioscience Resources, and Novogenix were asked to provide the committee with information about items such as communications, contracts, revenue and costs associated with their involvement with Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.

Additionally, on Friday, Grassley requested from the Center for Medical Progress all videos and documents related to its fetal tissue investigation that may lawfully be provided to the committee.

The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact aborted babies.

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In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs.

“Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell. When researchers need a specific part from the aborted fetus, Farrell says, “We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”

Asked specifically if this means Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can change abortion procedures to supply intact fetal specimens, Farrell affirms, “Some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.”

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.

A total of 12 states have already launched an investigation including South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, KansasMissouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana and members of Congress have launched an investigation as well.