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Do Women Need Planned Parenthood? (Part I)

Over the past several weeks, the release of investigative videos [1] exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged practice of making profits by illegally selling aborted human baby organs has ignited a national debate and launched a Congressional investigation into the possible criminal activities by America’s number-one abortion provider.

Why Does Planned Parenthood Merit A Criminal Investigation?

These undercover videos have been proven by forensic examinations (including one commissioned by Planned Parenthood) to be authentic, with no dubbing or alteration to the audio.  The videos show Planned Parenthood senior directors and doctors discussing:

The videos also show a former employee of StemExpress, LLC (a tissue procurement company) discussing the company’s procurement from Planned Parenthood of an infant born alive and intact after the attempted abortion:

…she taps the heart and it starts beating…the nodes were still firing…It had a face…Since the fetus was so intact she said, ‘ok, well, this is a really good fetus and it looks like we can procure a lot from it.  We’re going to procure the brain.

Based on these videos, it appears that Planned Parenthood could be criminally liable under at least the following federal laws:

The Congressional Response to Planned Parenthood

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives began an investigation [6] with three purposes: (1) to probe into Planned Parenthood’s alleged criminal fetal organ harvesting and profiting scheme, (2) to the determine the sufficiency (or insufficiency) of existing federal laws surrounding this issue, and (3) to examine the use of federal funds by Planned Parenthood.  Three committees conducted investigative hearings: the Judiciary Committee [7], the Energy and Commerce Committee [8], and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee [9].

Among other things, the Congressional investigation has resulted in the introduction of new legislation.  The following bills have been passed by the House and now await a Senate vote:

The House announced on October 7 that it will create a new select panel [13] solely dedicated to continuing the aggressive, in-depth investigation into Planned Parenthood, as the abortion giant’s motive for providing “women’s health care” has been called into serious question.  As a former Planned Parenthood manager put it during the Congressional hearings, “No business, certainly no health care clinic, should view a woman’s body as a profit center, yet that is exactly what Planned Parenthood does.”