Senate Judiciary Committee Opens Further Investigation Into Planned Parenthood
NAPA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Senator Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey referring four Planned Parenthood affiliates in California and three fetal tissue brokers for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
Pursuant to its investigation of Planned Parenthood following the release of a series of videos by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained evidence showing that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, its affiliates, and fetal tissue brokers violated the federal ban on buying and selling the dismembered parts of aborted babies.
Moreover, the Judiciary Committee found that the U.S. Department of Justice has refused to enforce the federal fetal tissue trafficking statute, failing to prosecute even one entity under the law, despite substantial evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
The Committee's investigation found that the following entities engaged in the purchase and sale of baby body parts for profit:
- StemExpress, LLC;
- Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc.;
- Novogenix Laboratories, LLC;
- Planned Parenthood Mar Monte;
- Planned Parenthood Los Angeles;
- Planned Parenthood Northern California; and
- Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.
The Senate Judiciary Committee also found evidence of conspiracy between Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates, since PPFA knew about the violations and changed oversight procedures in order to allow the violations to continue. The Committee's findings are available in a Majority Staff Report published this month.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the nation, operating 33 facilities in California and Nevada and taking in over $96 million annually. The four affiliates referred for prosecution represent over $263 million in annual revenue.
"Life Legal looks forward to the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as the new U.S. Attorney General," stated Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. "Senator Sessions currently sits on the Judiciary Committee and we anticipate that he will thoroughly investigate Planned Parenthood's activities and prosecute the affiliates to the fullest extent of the law."
Life Legal credits David Daleiden's videos for exposing the practices of Planned Parenthood and prompting Congress to initiate investigations into Planned Parenthood's business model that includes profiting from the sale of fetal organs and tissues. "We would not have seen firsthand the cavalier and callous manner in which the abortion industry discusses the dismemberment of innocent human beings."