Funding of Planned Parenthood’s ‘barbaric abortion empire’ must end: pro-life leaders on Senate’s FBI referral
December 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s referral of Planned Parenthood to federal law enforcement over its involvement in the fetal body parts trade, pro-life leaders called for an immediate end to the roughly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money the abortion company receives.
On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, announced he referred several Planned Parenthood affiliates, fetal tissue companies, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to the FBI and Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution. The Senate Judiciary Committee had investigated the fetal tissue industry, and the recommendation was one of the results of a massive report it released detailing its findings.
On December 1, the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives announced that following their investigation into the abortion giant and its fetal body parts partners, the Panel made nine criminal and regulatory referrals. These were against Planned Parenthood, other abortion businesses, universities, and fetal tissue companies.
“Less than two weeks ago, the House referred another Planned Parenthood affiliate to federal authorities for similar alleged crimes,” said Lila Rose, President of Live Action. “This is not a set of isolated incidences or a few rogue employees; the evidence shows that these crimes were coordinated at the highest levels of Planned Parenthood. The evidence is overwhelming, from multiple findings of illegal profiting from the sale of body parts to violations of privacy laws so that certain vulnerable women could be targeted for their babies’ organs. Planned Parenthood must be prosecuted, and the over half a billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies that are propping up this absolutely corrupt and potentially criminal enterprise must be cut off immediately.”
BREAKING: Senate committee refers Planned Parenthood to FBI for criminal investigation
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, announced today he 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. The recommendation is one of the fruits of a massive report on human fetal tissue research the Senate Judiciary Committee just released.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation discovered Planned Parenthood’s and fetal tissue companies’ various violations of laws against selling human body parts. It also uncovered a lack of enforcement of these laws.
“I don’t take lightly making a criminal referral,” said Grassley. “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. 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.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee analyzed more than 20,000 pages of documents voluntarily provided by organizations related to the fetal tissue industry. A press release from Grassley’s office noted, “While the impetus for the investigation was the release of a series of videos regarding transfers of fetal tissue by the Center for Medical Progress, the committee’s analysis and findings are based strictly on the documents obtained independently from tissue procurement companies and Planned Parenthood.”