Friday, January 20, 2017

Shocking congressional report on fetal organ selling

The House Select Investigative Panel of the House Energy & Commerce Committee issued a 471-page report on January 4 detailing the shocking and illegal activities of abortion providers and fetal organ trafficking (“procurement”) companies. The panel was established after the 2015 release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials dickering over the amount of money they would receive for handing over organs and tissues from the unborn babies they kill.

The final report, which also references more than 3,400 additional pages of exhibits and evidence, documents not only the illegal and unethical practices between abortion clinics and organ traffickers, but also the stonewalling and outright contempt of Congress that most of these entities demonstrated in response to the panel’s request for information. It is clear they all have something to hide.

The panel’s most substantial findings and actions include:

  • The panel made 13 criminal referrals to the U.S. Justice Department or state’s attorneys general for activities discovered that appear to have violated federal law. In short, Congress is asking for criminal investigations. Some the findings that follow are among those criminal actions that require investigating.
  • Planned Parenthood engaged with companies like StemExpress, DV Biologics and Advance Bioscience Resources to illegally buy and sell fetal organs and tissue. The money exchanged went far beyond paying a nominal “processing fee” or other “legitimate cost” for allowing access to the tissue.
  • The lucrative nature of organ/tissue trafficking drove abortionists to alter the way they perform abortions to maximize available organs, pushing them to prefer late-term abortions and to perform illegal partial-birth abortions.
  • Planned Parenthood and the procurement companies violated patient privacy (HIPPA) laws, engaged in deceptive informed consent practices and created incentives for women to donate organs/tissue that violate medical ethics standards.
  • A late-term abortion clinic in New Mexico engaged in illegal quid pro quo arrangements with University of New Mexico to provide organs/tissue, including clinic abortionists being given “faculty privileges” at UNM without ever having to teach classes or provide academic services.
  • StemExpress worked so closely with Planned Parenthood to obtain organs/tissues, that StemExpress employees essentially "set up shop" inside the PP clinics. StemExpress also thwarted the panel’s investigation by refusing to turn over requested documents, including financial records that would likely expose their illegal activities.
  • The panel noted, “Virtually every entity and individual from whom the Panel sought documents did not fully comply…”

The panel concluded that all that their investigation found--including a history of Planned Parenthood falsely billing the government for Medicaid and other services to the tune of $132 million--warrants the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood.