It has been one year since the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released its first undercover video, revealing compelling evidence that Planned Parenthood has been illegally selling the body parts of aborted babies to the fetal-tissue industry.
In January, President Obama vetoed a bill that would have forbidden taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. But the House Select Investigative Panel — formed last October in response to CMP’s videos — has been conducting extensive investigations into the organization’s practices.
Yesterday, the panel released an interim report confirming, with extensive evidence, the CMP video footage, and finding that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have broken several federal laws — including the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, a federal statute prohibiting the acquisition, reception, or transfer of fetal tissue for monetary considerations. The panel report provides nearly incontrovertible proof that the organization consistently engaged in this very type of fetal-tissue trafficking.
Furthermore, the investigation shows that “financial interests are increasingly driving management and clinical practice decisions” at Planned Parenthood. Because abortions are the most lucrative of its services, the organization consistently emphasizes the importance of keeping abortion numbers up. In one case, “Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains gave an award to the Planned Parenthood of Aurora, Colorado, ‘for exceeding abortion visits in the first half of FY12 compared to first half of FY13.’”
From the panel’s report:
Furthermore, in 2010, affiliates were asked to ensure that at least one of their clinics perform abortions. According to a Planned Parenthood fact sheet, for every adoption referral they make, they perform about 340 abortions. Similarly, abortion represented 97% of pregnancy-related services in 2009, despite the frequent claim that abortion is only 3% of its services. Based on PPFA’s own numbers, abortion accounts for about 30% of its annual income.
The panel also discovered evidence that Planned Parenthood outfits across the country committed Medicaid fraud, filing claims under the umbrella term “family planning services,” which was frequently used to cover abortion.
Investigation into StemExpress — the primary biotech firm that purchased fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood and resold it to researchers — found that the organization functioned as a middleman between abortion clinics and medical researchers, screening clinics and recruiting those that were most likely to perform abortions that would produce saleable tissue. The firm’s website, for a time, even had a drop-down menu that allowed researchers to select the different fetal body parts they wished to purchase.
In order to accelerate this process, StemExpress would hire tissue technicians and embed them inside abortion clinics. The report provides the following typical daily schedule of such a technician:
At the beginning of the day, the tissue technician received an email from StemExpress including the day’s orders for certain baby body parts and the gestation period, letting her know what she needed to harvest that day, and where she would be assigned. Once she arrived at the clinic, the tissue technician checked in with the Abortion Clinic Assistant Manager and informed the staff what she would procure that day.
Then the technician reviewed the private medical files of the patients for that day to learn their names and the gestational ages of their babies. She recorded the gestations on the gestation tracking log provided by StemExpress.
Next the technician met with the patients waiting to be prepped for their abortions, after receiving their names from clinic staff. Then she convinced them to consent to donate by saying that the donation will help cure diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease.
After an abortion, the technician collected the baby’s remains and procured the body parts that were ordered, using her own supplies. The technician then packed the tissues or body parts, and shipped them directly to the customer via a courier or FedEx.
She received an hourly wage and a bonus for each tissue.
Tissue-procurement technicians were shown to have e-mailed researchers about possible tissue sales at the same time that the abortions in question were taking place, and in many cases the employees promised to procure the requested tissues.
An example of such an e-mail conversation is provided in the report:
Well, I don’t think this will help the case against CMP in Texas. Awww…. that’s a shame.
Your select committee wasn’t a trustworthy investigative body to begin with, having been formed up in response to a campaign of lies that they have continued to promulgate long after they’ve been fully discredited. They’re interested only in furthering their anti-abortion agenda, and doing so takes precedence over truth.
There’s a reason why Center for Medical Progress has been indicted by a Grand Jury, and why Planned Parenthood has been formally cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.
Republicans finish discrediting their Planned Parenthood investigation
Hey Liberals Planned Parenthood has murdered countless unborn babies far more then the NRA has in fact the NRA hasnt killed no childeren but as always you liberal can depent upon these scandal mongering journalists to help you spread your lies
Yes, a very good reason; the judicial system in America has been infused with liberal judges and officials that pursue a liberal agenda. Justice Ruthie shows us how deep that liberal bias goes.
What were the lies, Greg? That Planned Parenthood was selling the body parts they generated through their timing of the abortions they were providing? No, that was a fact. What WERE the lies, Greg?
@Bill: They didn’t understand. just like Hillary.
You know your a liberal when you have a bumper sticker reading SAVE THE REDWOODS and a window sticker reading KEEP ABORTION LEGAL
If it is murder shouldn’t all the women be punished ?
You need to go take your meds and be quiet for a long long time.
Grand Jury determinations that criminal prosecutions are in order are not made by judges or officials. They’re made by juries comprised of intelligent, unbiased citizens, who are formally presented with evidence and arguments both for and against prosecution. At the Grand Jury level, the people decide if there is sufficient evidence of criminal guilt to bring somebody to trial.
Such a process resulted in the conclusion that Planned Parenthood had done NONE of the things the Center for Medical Progress alleged in their video smear. There was no credible evidence supporting any of the claims.
It also resulted in the conclusion that people involved with Center for Medical Progress should be charged with specific criminal acts in connection with the creation of the video. For that, a Grand Jury found there IS compelling evidence.
These lying sons-of-bitches have done enormous harm to the reputation of an entirely legitimate women’s reproductive health organization. They need to get out of people’s faces. If that means fines or jail time for criminal behavior, well and good. They’d only be getting what their actions have earned them.
@john: Check out Gosnell and Karpen. The problem is to get the left to stop making excuses for people making a living off of killing babies and allow prosecution.
“Unbaised” individuals determined that even though Planned Parenthood personnel discussed how they saved abortions for the most lucrative harvests, then sold body parts, on video, repeatedly, that they didn’t save abortions for the most lucrative harvests, then sell body parts. Yeah, that makes your point pretty solidly.
Oh, but when a select committee validates what was shown on the un-edited videos, they are unreliable.
The Center for Medical Progress video was proved to be a deception, just as James O’Keefe’s ACORN video was proved to be a deception. The select committee is a political tool.
In your dreams they were “proven to be a deception”.
David Daleiden is a lying weasel.
Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds
No, they weren’t. There was never any “deception” shown, proven or committed, other than the people making the video deceived Planned Parenthood into believing they were as despicable as Planned Parenthood is.
Those false claims of editing and manipulating are just as false as the left wing accusations of racism in every police action involving a black criminal. You have to consider at some point, Greg, why your ideology has to resort to lies every time it tries to make its ideological points?
@Pete: Yes they went in undercover, a deception.
So do you think they would have lunch and be on camera chatting with any group about the illegal dismemberment and sale of fetal body parts for profit?
Dont be such a baby Greg the PP org is nothing but a factory exploiting women for profit and they do not want to have a single restriction, including those that would insure the same safety that other medical outpatient clinics must abide by.
Filthy unsanitary abortion clinics are everywhere more concerned with numbers and profits than sanitizing the instruments.
Tax payer dollars should not be wasted on an already profitable business no subsidy is required.
They admitted selling the “tissue” in a letter to congress.
How often have you been inside an abortion clinic ?
Not one red state attorney general who investigated any of those clinics shown in those videos was able to find any evidence if anything illegal
@John: These are reports from the clinic workers, I have never been inside one of those places. There was a clinic in St, Louis that I went into for a mammogram, I advised my nurses physician I would never ever go back there, because it was filthy. The waiting room chairs stained the floors were I assume washed with a dirty mop and dirty water. I had never ever been in a medical clinic that was not spotlessly clean before that.
There will be no source that YOU would accept anyway you have made up your tiny narrow liberal mind.
Our tax dollars are sent to a company that is profitable at exploiting women, they take that money and donate it back to the politicians that allow the exploitation to take place.
Apparently most of their clients feel differently than you
They see about 3 million clients each year
I told you I have never been in a planned barrenhood abortion factory. I guess you didn’t read the yelp reviews of women that have, cause you dont care how these poor women and girls are used by them for their filthy lucre.
I have always gone to a real doctors office and a real hospital or clinic for my medical needs.
You should go into a few in your area if you want a personal inspection, I am all done having children oh about 30 years ago and was responsible enough not to get knocked up again.
Most of yhevyelpbreviews I have seen have been positive
With 3 million clients each year one must expect ( for what ever reason) some to be negative