State legislators in Colorado today held a hearing concerning a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that was caught in an expose’ video selling aborted babies. While legislators attended the hearing along with pro-life groups looking to expose the abortion business, representatives from Planned Parenthood refused to attend.
The Republican Study Committee of Colorado, comprised of GOP members of the state legislature, held an informational hearing concerning Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain’s participation in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts today at the state capitol. The committee invited representatives from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Attorney General’s office, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado to testify as well.
Debbie Chaves, the director of Colorado Family Action, said the hearing is necessary because Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is refusing to properly investigate Planned Parenthood.
She told LifeNews her group “commends the Republican Study Committee for initiating this hearing in the wake of revelations regarding PPRM’s alleged participation in fetal tissue trafficking.”
“Unfortunately, in September, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that they would not investigate the organization after 33 Colorado legislators wrote a letter to CDPHE’s Executive Director Dr. Larry Wolk urging the department to do so,” Chaves added.
Emphasizing that point, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Natalie Decker told the panel that the Colorado health department and governor has failed in their duty to investigate.
“No state agencies have stepped up to the plate,” she said.
Undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences.
In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.”
“We’d have to do a little bit of training with the providers or something to make sure that they don’t crush” fetal organs during 2nd trimester abortions, says Ginde, brainstorming ways to ensure the abortion doctors at PPRM provide usable fetal organs.
When the buyers ask Ginde if “compensation could be specific to the specimen?” Ginde agrees, “Okay.” Later on in the abortion clinic’s pathological laboratory, standing over an aborted fetus, Ginde responds to the buyer’s suggestion of paying per body part harvested, rather than a standard flat fee for the entire case: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
Ginde also suggests ways for Planned Parenthood to cover-up its criminal and public relations liability for the sale of aborted body parts. “Putting it under ‘research’ gives us a little bit of an overhang over the whole thing,” Ginde remarks. “If you have someone in a really anti state who’s going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.”
Ginde implies that PPRM’s lawyer, Kevin Paul, is helping the affiliate skirt the fetal tissue law: “He’s got it figured out that he knows that even if, because we talked to him in the beginning, you know, we were like, ‘We don’t want to get called on,’ you know, ‘selling fetal parts across states.’” The buyers ask, “And you feel confident that they’re building those layers?” to which Ginde replies, “I’m confident that our Legal will make sure we’re not put in that situation.”
As the buyers and Planned Parenthood workers identify body parts from last fetus in the path lab, a Planned Parenthood medical assistant announces: “Another boy!”
The videos show Planned Parenthood is potentially breaking federal laws.
Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8). 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). Federal law also requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).
Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton, who is a former attorney general; Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Natalie Decker; attorney Barry Arrington; and Charlotte Lozier Institute vice president and research director Dr. David A. Prentice also testified this morning at the hearing.
LifeNews Note: Photo courtesy Nick McIntyre of Faith and Freedom Coalition of Colorado.