Abortion Clinic Sues to Block Investigation of Sales of Body Parts From Aborted Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 18, 2016   |   2:29PM   |   Phoenix, AZ

An Arizona abortion facility filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the state Attorney General’s Office from receiving detailed information about its handling of aborted babies’ body parts.

The Arizona Republic reports Camelback Family Planning, a Phoenix abortion facility, wants a judge to prohibit state investigators from reviewing certain records and to invalidate a subpoena for its owner, Gabrielle Goodrick, to testify.

The abortion facility’s lawsuit claims that the attorney general’s office wants to inspect unredacted records of “patients who have had abortions and donated fetal tissue.” It also argues that Goodrick could have to testify about patients under oath.

The newspaper contacted the attorney general’s office for comment, but a spokesperson said they had just received the lawsuit and could not comment yet.

Here’s more from the report:

[The abortion facility’s attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou] the AG’s Office has declined to disclose the specific nature of the allegations against the clinic, and he was unaware of any direct complaints being made against the facility.

Records indicate the AG’s Office is treating women who receive abortions as “consumers” as opposed to patients, arguing the clinic cannot conceal the identities of those involved in a potential Consumer Fraud Act violation by the facility.

In the lawsuit, the abortion facility also accused state Attorney General Mark Brnovich of beginning the investigation for pure political reasons, and mentioned his ties to state pro-life organizations.

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Arizona lawmakers have been working to crack down on abortion facilities after a series of undercover videos revealed how the abortion industry could be making massive profits by selling aborted babies’ body parts.

Earlier this year, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a new law prohibiting the sale, donation or acceptance of aborted babies’ body parts in the state.

Several years ago, Camelback was caught in another undercover investigation involving illegal sex-selection abortions. In 2012, Live Action investigators went into several Arizona abortion facilities posing as women who wanted sex-selection abortions.

When the woman purportedly seeking to abort her girl and try again for a boy explained this at the Camelback abortion clinic, a counselor named Barb advised, “Don’t tell us that, because we don’t want to know.” Referring to the clinic’s abortion doctor, Gabrielle Goodrick, Barb said, “You can tell her, she’s gonna tell you the same thing, just: Don’t let it be down! She’s really good about that. You’ll like that about her.”