The Department of Justice is investigating Planned Parenthood on the practices of abortion providers nationwide involving fetal tissues, according to media reports citing a letter that was sent yesterday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd formally requested unresolved documents from last year's committee investigation into claims that Planned Parenthood had benefited from the transfer of tissues and body parts from aborted fetuses to law firms. investigation, Fox News and The Hill reported last night.
The Department of Justice's letter states that "at this time, these records are intended for research purposes only."
"The Department of Justice is grateful for the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials and wishes to request the Committee to provide non-revised copies of the records contained in the report, in order to expand the Department's ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation. of that report based on all available information, "says the letter.
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said last year that his committee had discovered enough evidence to refer the matter to the FBI. The Hill reported last month that the FBI had asked the Senate for documents it obtained from abortion providers, indicating that agents may be investigating the organization.
Anne Columbia, president of the board of directors of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, called the research "politically motivated."
"That has been going on for quite some time with this administration," Columbia said. "This is just a repeat of an attack on Planned Parenthood." … We already addressed it several years ago, and it was a falsehood. "
Columbia said that under no circumstances will the investigation have an impact on the care that women and others receive.
" We provide services to men, women and transgender people, and we will continue to do so, "said Columbia." We are fortunate to live in Massachusetts when it comes to reproductive health. "
But Massachusetts Citizens For Life President Anne Fox applauded the federal investigation into the practices of the women's health organization and the sale of fetal tissue.
I only feel it's two and a half years or later, "Fox told the Herald last night. "Once these terrible accusations came to light, they should have been examined immediately … I think it's wonderful to see the federal government involved."
"The practice of selling fetal tissue has been happening at Planned Parenthood some time, as we have seen with the videos that came out, "Fox said, referring to a secret investigation conducted in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life activist group, which recorded meetings with Planned Parenthood officials during which They discussed the sale of fetal tissue.
"Those videos people impacted, it made people sick," Fox said. "People do not want to think about abortion and do not want to think that they're dealing with a human being when we talk about dismembering them." We saw lists that say this body costs this, a brain costs … It was horrible. "
The national leadership of Planned Parenthood has dismissed claims that it has benefited by selling fetal material to research firms as" unfounded " and a political effort to thwart abortion services.
"Planned Parenthood is in total disagreement with the recommendations of Republican Senate staff to refer this matter to the Department of Justice, especially in the light of the investigations of three other committees. Congress and investigations in 13 states including a Grand Jury in Texas, all have shown that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong, "Dana Singiser, vice president of government affairs for the US Family Planning Federation, said in a statement last month. 19659009] "These accusations are unfounded, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end the access to reproductive health care in Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood will never, and never will, benefit by facilitating the choice of its patients to donate fetal tissue for use in major medical research. "