Could Planned Parenthood Face Prosecution For Baby Parts Scandal?
The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has publicly lobbied Congress to proceed with criminal prosecution for Planned Parenthood’s part in the apparent selling of baby body parts for profit. Announcing over nine regulatory and criminal referrals, they have targeted not just Planned Parenthood but other universities, fetal tissue companies, and abortion businesses believed to be involved in the widespread scandal.
Coming at a crucial time, the House of Representatives was set to vote on the funding and annual budget for Planned Parenthood on December 1st. The investigation centers around the released videos of executives being taped without their consent while attempting to sell baby body parts. The tapes may be evidence that wrongdoing was being undertaken without the public’s knowledge.
Alongside Planned Parenthood, DV Biologics and StemExpress are two medical research corporations that are being implicated in the scandal. Being accused of profiting from baby body parts and the distribution and sale of them, whether they will be criminally prosecuted or not, depends on what Congress decides to do.
There were also other universities and centers involved who used the body parts for research. Named in the profiteering scandal was the Arkansas Abortion facility, the University of Mexico, Ohio University, the Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Advanced Bioscience Resources Center.
Representative Marsha Blackburn is chairing the Select Investigative Panel. Although she is spending a large amount of resources and money, her aim is to get to the truth behind who is selling the baby parts for profit and whether or not the tape is real. With the Panel already responsible for halting illegally-sold body parts operations around the country, many believe that the investigation will lead directly to well-established organizations like Planned Parenthood.
The hope from lawyers in Queens NY is that enough light will shine on the major players in the scandal, which will force Congress to act by bringing Planned Parenthood up on criminal charges. The objective is not only to stop the flow of funding to those who perpetrate crimes but to make them responsible for the part that they play through criminal prosecution.
The tapes are only part of the evidence obtained that agencies have been operating outside of the law when it comes to aborted-baby body parts. It is illegal to sell or buy them for research or other endeavors. The investigation has shown that the scandal goes much further than once believed and that there are many hands at play and at very high levels within the organizations.
The referrals claim that the University of New Mexico violated New Mexico’s Anatomical Gift Act when they accepted fetal material that resulted from late-term abortions from Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
They also found through the investigation of the financial records of StemExpress that the company profited from the sale of aborted-baby body parts, which violates federal law. There is evidence that StemExpress also allegedly violated patients’ privacy rights under HIPAA for profit. The Arkansas Abortion facility violated the law by selling aborted-baby parts to StemExpress.
The University of Ohio allegedly illegally trafficked aborted-baby remains for research purposes. In relation to DV Biologics, which is a tissue procurement company, it was uncovered that they were trafficking aborted fetal remains for the purpose of profit.
Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast allegedly broke federal law when they sold aborted-baby parts to the University of Texas for profit. The Advanced Bioscience Resources was also found to profit from the sale of baby body parts after being aborted. They reportedly sold the parts to various universities around the nation.
The final part of their investigation turned up that the Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida had an illegal arrangement with StemExpress that allowed StemExpress to profit monetarily from selling aborted-baby parts.
Planned Parenthood was a huge issue on the debate stage for the GOP. Whether what investigators found will result in Congress following through with prosecution or not remains to be seen. At the very least, it has not disturbed Planned Parenthood’s 2017 funding. Last Thursday the House approved $800k in additional funding, doubling its budget for 2017. What investigators uncovered, however, is a systematic illegal operation that is far-reaching and more extensive than anyone could have ever guessed.