Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the Senate Judiciary Committee are recommending criminal charges against the abortion provider Planned Parenthood for allegedly profiting from the sale of fetal body parts.
“I don’t take lightly making a criminal referral,” said Committee Chairman 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.”
Grassley, who referred a number of PP affiliates for investigation to the FBI and the DOJ this Tuesday, says the problem won’t stop “unless there is a renewed commitment by everyone involved against commercializing the trade in aborted fetal body parts for profit.”
The whole thing started when the Center for Medical Progress released a series of shocking videos claiming that PP regularly sold aborted fetal tissue for profit. The videos turned out to be doctored, but Grassley’s recommendation is based on more than 20,000 pages of Planned Parenthood documents that the organization voluntarily handed over to the committee.
Grassley’s committee found PP’s cost analyses to be lacking in specifics, instead relying on “broad and vague claims of costs for the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of fetal tissue.”
Planned Parenthood currently receives government funding, and pro-life groups are furious that their taxpayer dollars have fuelled the organization’s disgusting practices. “Planned Parenthood must be prosecuted,” argues Lila Rose, a pro-life advocate representing Live Action, “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.”
Planned Parenthood “strongly disagrees” with Grassley’s recommendation, citing “investigations by three other Congressional committees, and investigations in 13 states including a grand jury in Texas” that have shown the organization to be innocent of wrongdoing, argues Dana Singiser, Vice President of PP’s governmental affairs.
The Obama Administration is unlikely to respond to Grassley’s letter, but the recommendation gives the incoming Trump Administration ammunition with which to levy criminal charges against America’s biggest abortion provider.
Editor’s note: Without the protection of Obama or Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood is likely to shrink radically. A great deal of their funding comes from the federal government.