The Department of Justice has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee for materials concerning research into fetal tissue, in an indication the department is moving to investigate Planned Parenthood, according to the Daily Beast.
"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 stated in December 2016 when he urged the Justice Department and FBI to investigate, reported Fox.
"At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only - we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury", DoJ Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in the letter.
"We can confirm the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) of FBI Headquarters received your referrals and sent them to the relevant FBI field offices for review and whatever action is deemed appropriate", the FBI's Gregory Brower wrote to Grassley in June.
The Department of Justice aims to conduct a "thorough and comprehensive assessment" of the Senate Judiciary Committee's documents.
A representative for Planned Parenthood declined to comment.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee referred Planned Parenthood to both the FBI and the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
The committee's final report "Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy" was published December 2016.
After the controversy over its profiting from fetal tissue harvesting, Planned Parenthood announced that they would no longer be accepting reimbursement for the tissue. "Thus, PPFA not only turned a blind eye to the affiliates' violations of its fetal tissue policy, but also altered its own oversight procedures enabling those affiliates' practices to continue unimpeded".
Abby Johnson, former PP manager and current head of And Then There Were None is applauding the investigation. Planned Parenthood said in a statement, "These accusations are baseless, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood". "They've lied to the very women they purport to fight for". I saw it first-hand when I worked for the abortion giant and yet, they still manage to obtain over half a billion dollars a year in our tax dollars.
"Taxpayers should not be forced to fund a corporation that commits over 320,000 abortions every year and is now under investigation by the Justice Department and FBI for the sale of baby body parts", she said.
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