Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says it’s a waste of taxpayer money to investigate the Denver-based Planned Parenthood abortion business caught selling aborted babies and their body parts.
Gov. John Hickenlooper defended a state review of Planned Parenthood’s practices on Monday, but added that an additional investigation — as some Republican lawmakers have called for — would be unnecessary.
Last week Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, pressed the state’s chief medical officer over allegations that the organization illegally sold fetal tissue. The governor, a Democrat, told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner that it’s within lawmakers’ power to push the state to re-investigate the fetal tissue issue.
But he added, “That being said, I think they’re wasting taxpayer money. I think that that effort’s been done.”
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has been at the center of the scandal of the abortion company selling aborted babies and their body parts.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released two videos featuring the medical director of PPRM, Dr. Savita Ginde. In the first, Dr. Ginde tells the actors posing as buyers for a human biologics company that she wants to charge per “tissue sample” because that will bring in the most money. She said, “I think the per-item [pricing] works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
Then, in another video, Ginde says that they have to train abortion doctors how to properly perform second trimester abortions if they want to obtain salable organs for harvesting. She said, “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.”
As LifeNews previously reported, the abortionist goes on to explain that by classifying their work with organ harvesting as “research” they can get away with selling aborted babies. Ginde said, “Putting it under ‘research’ gives us a little bit of an overhang over the whole thing. 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.”
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).
In another part of the video a licensed phlebotomist who used to work for a fetal tissue company explains that Planned Parenthood definitely receives compensation for body parts. Holly O’Donnell said, “For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.”
Although the most recent scandal with PPRM is incredibly shocking, it isn’t the first time the abortion company has been in trouble. In 2014, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed an appeal of a trial court’s decision that upheld the state’s alleged misuse of more than $14 million in taxpayer dollars. ADF, former Governor Bill Owen and former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, filed the lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains because they violated the state constitution by using state funding to go to their abortion business.
Michael Norton, from ADF’s Senior Counsel, said the following about the appeal: “No one is above the law, including Colorado politicians who are violating our state’s constitution by continuing to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion activities with state taxpayer dollars. The state acknowledges that about $1.4 million of state taxpayer money flowed from state government agencies through Planned Parenthood to its abortion affiliate. The lower court seems to have agreed with that but dismissed the case on a technicality.”
Additionally, on July 29th, ADF filed a complaint with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies on behalf of Colorado Family Action against PPRM’s abortionist in Denver and another employee. According to information obtained from a recently settled civil lawsuit, the two employees failed to comply with Colorado law by not reporting the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl, performed an abortion on the girl without giving notice to her parents, and returned her to the custody of the sexual predator, who continued to sexually molest her.
Currently, 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.