After a series of shocking videos showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies and their body parts for research, Missouri lawmakers made the state one of about a dozen to launch investigations into the abortion business.
Now that the probe has started, state health officials have made a startling admission: they have no idea what happens to the bodies of babies once Planned Parenthood aborts them.
Department of Health and Senior Services director Gail Vasterling asked staffers whether the St.Louis Planned Parenthood abortion business was selling aborted babies or their body parts. What she found out is that her department has no idea if the pathology lab Planned Parenthood uses is selling fetal body parts.
“I don’t believe (the department) has any role” in monitoring that contractor, Vasterling told a state Senate committee tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood’s procedures for handling fetal tissue. The committee is asking whether state dollars were used in such efforts and if any state employee had knowledge of the allegations. The department is responsible for regulating abortion clinics.
Vasterling said she thinks the lab contractor disposes of the fetal tissue after examining it and sending the department a report, as required by law. But, she told lawmakers, she can’t be sure.
“I don’t know where it goes after” the pathologist completes a report, Vasterling said.
Vasterling was grilled for several hours Thursday by members of the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life. Vasterling was subpoenaed to testify Thursday, the committee’s second meeting. Members intend to issue a report to the full Senate this year.
“There’s no assurance that what was admitted in those videos isn’t occurring,” Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said. Schaefer is running for attorney general next year.
There is specific concern in Missouri about the sales of aborted baby body parts because one of the six expose’ videos mentions St. Louis as a possible location to obtain aborted babies.
Responding to the health department director’s admission she has no idea what’s going on, state lawmakers are very concerned. As another news report indiates:
Senator Bob Onder (R-Lake Saint Louis) asked how she could testify with any certainty about whether such transactions are happening.
“It doesn’t sound like there’s any accounting as to where the organs of these babies went,” said Onder.
“She can’t say as she sits here that’s not occurring in the State of Missouri,” said the committee’s chairman, Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia). “The closest thing she can come to is when we get pathology reports, that’s the last we see of where hearts and kidneys and lungs and legs go, and we throw them in a drawer and we don’t look at those reports.”
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 Mary 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.
The sixth and most recent video features Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places.
The new video includes O’Donnell’s eyewitness narrative of the daily practice of fetal body parts harvesting in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, describing tissue procurement workers’ coordination with abortion providers, the pressure placed on patients, and disregard for patient consent.
So far, 12 states have responded to the Planned Parenthood videos and launched investigations into their abortion and organ harvesting business including South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. The district attorney in Houston Texas is also investigating after the Houston-based Planned Parenthood abortion facility was caught selling aborted babies.
Congress has expanded its investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion business and three states have revoked taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, including Alabama, New Hampshire and Louisiana.
The full, unedited videos have confirmed that revelations that some aborted baby remains sold by Planned Parenthood go to biotech companies for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has been exposed as having sold body parts from aborted babies for as much as 15 years.