Justice Dept. moving to probe Planned Parenthood over fetal tissue practices

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

The letter - from the Justice Department's head of its Office of Legislative Affairs - does not mention Planned Parenthood by name but asks the Senate Judiciary Committee to turn over unredacted documentation supporting a December 2016 report titled "Human Fetal Tissue Research", which purports to describe the organization's practices.

The Hill reported last month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had asked the Senate for documents it obtained from abortion providers, signaling that agents may be investigating the organization.

"At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only - we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury", DoJ Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in the letter.

The letter sent Thursday states that the Justice Department intends to conduct a "thorough and comprehensive assessment" of Grassley's report.

The Planned Parenthood Central Phoenix Health Center sign is viewed in Phoenix, Arizona on February 2, 2017.

In the committee's final report entitled "Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy" published in December 2016, Grassley urged the FBI to investigate Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood did not respond to a request from the Daily Beast for a comment.

"Planned Parenthood has actively participated in illegal activity, selling the body parts of aborted babies in exchange for profit", she said in a statement sent to Breitbart News.

After the controversy over its profiting from fetal tissue harvesting, Planned Parenthood announced that they would no longer be accepting reimbursement for the tissue. I saw it first-hand when I worked for the abortion giant and yet, they still manage to obtain over half a billion dollars a year in our tax dollars.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's 2016 report claimed that executive branch agencies had failed to monitor the industry and - after reviewing 20,000 documents voluntarily submitted by Planned Parenthood and a number of other organizations - called on the Justice Department to investigate.

"It is beyond comprehension that the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood continues, especially as the abortion giant has been investigated by both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Panel on Infant Lives and evidence from the probes suggests criminal actions".

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