With the election of Donald Trump came the hope that Planned Parenthood might finally face justice for the fetal organ harvesting side business we learned it had been operating in the summer of 2015, thanks to undercover videos obtained by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress. Pro-lifers were encourage by the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, but the administration’s silence on the matter over the past year has been alarming.
Fortunately, this week we’re getting signs that silence doesn’t mean inaction. The Hill reports that the FBI has requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee provide it with unredacted documents it obtained from Planned Parenthood during the Congressional investigation of the baby-parts scandal last year — which might be a precursor to an investigation with actual teeth:
[Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Chuck] Grassley [R-IA] said at the time that his committee had uncovered enough evidence in its final investigative report to show abortion providers had transferred tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses to firms for use in research by charging dollar amounts above their actual costs.
Abortion providers are allowed under a 1993 law to transfer fetal tissue for research at a cost equal to the price of obtaining it, but are not allowed to sell it at a profit.
The Justice Department declined comment, saying it does not confirm nor deny whether an investigation is taking place.
A spokesman for the FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment […]
“The report documents the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying and selling of human fetal tissue,” Grassley wrote last December when he asked the FBI and Justice Department to investigate Planned Parenthood and other abortion and fetal tissue providers. “… It also documents substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.”
Grassley staff is working to comply with the FBI’s document request in compliance with Senate rules, sources said.
One option would be for FBI agents to be allowed to come to the committee’s reading room and review the documents. A full Senate vote would be required if copies of the documents needed to be transferred to a grand jury, according to a source directly familiar with Senate document procedures.
As I detailed back in 2015 for Live Action News, the CMP undercover videos unequivocally show Planned Parenthood officials on video expressing a desire and willingness to not merely receive reimbursement for providing fetal organs and tissue — a simple matter of tallying up costs that wouldn’t require price negotiations at all — but to receive profit, a clear violation of federal law.
The videos also raised serious reason to suspect the abortion giant’s fetal chop shop may have been breaking other federal laws in the process, including killing infants who survived attempted abortions, performing prohibited partial-birth abortions, altering abortion procedures to obtain organs in better condition at the expense of patient safety, and violating legal requirements that the abortionist not know if they baby they’re killing has been designated for organ harvesting, so he/she has no incentive to alter the procedure and compromise patient safety (or rather, compromise safety more than abortion itself already does).
This revelation is still far from proof that the FBI will do anything with the information the Senate provides, though it does offer a glimmer of hope. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Sessions, and the administration’s pro-life advisers cannot let this series of barbaric crimes fade into obscurity.
The abortion industry has evaded accountability long enough. People need to go to prison, and America needs to see unmasked this monstrosity we’ve tolerated in our society for so long.
Hat tip: The Daily Caller