Se­nate panel rec­om­mends crim­i­nal charges for Planned Par­ent­hood

The Washington Times Daily - - FROM PAGE ONE - BY BRAD­FORD RICHARD­SON

The Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is rec­om­mend­ing crim­i­nal charges against Planned Par­ent­hood for al­legedly traf­fick­ing in fe­tal body parts from abor­tions for profit.

In a let­ter sent to the FBI and the Depart­ment of Jus­tice on Tues­day, com­mit­tee Chair­man Chuck Grass­ley, Iowa Repub­li­can, re­ferred four of Planned Par­ent­hood’s largest af­fil­i­ates, the Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica and three of the abor­tion provider’s busi­ness part­ners for po­ten­tial pros­e­cu­tion.

“I don’t take lightly mak­ing a crim­i­nal re­fer­ral,” Mr. Grass­ley said in a press re­lease. “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 crim­i­nal­iz­ing the trade in aborted fe­tal body parts for profit, then the out­come is likely to con­tinue.”

Although the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is un­likely to fol­low through on the rec­om­men­da­tion, the re­fer­ral will pro­vide the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion with a foun­da­tion to levy crim­i­nal charges against Planned Par­ent­hood.

The re­fer­ral fol­lows an un­der­cover video in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Planned Par­ent­hood and its busi­ness part­ners pub­lished last year by the Cen­ter for Med­i­cal Progress. Those videos fea­tured top Planned Par­ent­hood of­fi­cials dis­cussing the sale of hu­man re­mains from abor­tions. Planned Par­ent­hood said any fees as­so­ci­ated with the trade cov­ered only re­im­burse­ment costs.

But the com­mit­tee said those videos played no part in its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Planned Par­ent­hood.

“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,” the press re­lease states.

The Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee re­leased a re­port about the review of more than 20,000 doc­u­ments pro­vided by the or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved in the case.

Among its find­ings, the re­port said the cost analy­ses pro­vided by Planned Par­ent­hood “lack suf­fi­cient doc­u­men­ta­tion and rely on un­rea­son­ably broad and vague claims of costs for the ‘trans­porta­tion, im­plan­ta­tion, pro­cess­ing, preser­va­tion, qual­ity con­trol or stor­age of’ fe­tal tis­sue,” the press re­lease said.

Fur­ther­more, “the cost analy­ses were only per­formed long af­ter the fact and at the in­sis­tence of the com­mit­tee.”

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