The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican majority says that Planned Parenthood and several of its fetal harvesting allies violated federal law — and then tried to hide it.
Following an investigation into the practice of fetal tissue transfers and the federal laws governing the practice, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is referring several Planned Parenthood affiliates and companies involved in fetal tissue transfers, as well as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution.
“I don’t take lightly making a criminal referral. But, the seeming disregard for the law by these entities has been fueled by decades of utter failure by the Justice Department to enforce it,” Grassley said. “And, unless there is a renewed commitment by everyone involved against commercializing the trade in aborted fetal body parts for profit, then the problem is likely to continue.”
As happened in the nine criminal referrals from the House’s Select Panel on Infant Lives, Grassley urged various authorities to actually uphold laws protecting women and children from the abortion industry’s predations. Three fetal harvesting companies, including StemExpress, were referenced as having “paid affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America to acquire aborted fetuses, and then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.”
Planned Parenthood was the main target of the report. According to Grassley, the abortion giant
initially had a policy in place to ensure its affiliates were complying with the law, but the affiliates failed to follow its fetal tissue reimbursement policy. When PPFA learned in 2011 of this situation, PPFA cancelled the policy rather than exercise oversight to bring the affiliates back into compliance. Thus, PPFA not only turned a blind eye to the affiliates’ violations of its fetal tissue policy, but also altered its own oversight procedures enabling those affiliates’ practices to continue unimpeded.
The current administration is never going to enforce federal law against Planned Parenthood or any group affiliated with the abortion industry. If Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) becomes U.S. Attorney General in 2017, however, that might change. In the meantime, kudos to the Senate for the referrals, even if they are a bit late in coming.