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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The U.S. Justice Department seems to be prepping to investigate Planned Parenthood's alleged illegal sales of aborted babies' organs and tissues.
In a letter obtained by the press on Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for unredacted copies of documents from the committee's 2016 investigation into Planned Parenthood.
The 2016 investigation began in response to claims that Planned Parenthood took part in the illegal harvesting and sales of aborted babies' body parts.
Concerns about Planned Parenthood's alleged sales of aborted babies' body parts arose in 2015, with a series of undercover videos from pro-life advocates at the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
In addition to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives launched a separate investigation into the alleged sale of dead fetuses' organs. The House established a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives in October 2016. The panel has submitted a whole slew of criminal referrals to law enforcement agencies, targetting abortion companies and biomedical corporations.
The CMP videos were recorded secretly at business conventions for the National Abortion Federation. They portrayed discussions with abortion industry professionals about the harvesting and sale of aborted babies' limbs and organs.
In December 2016, the senate judiciary committee published their findings in a document, "Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy." The committee advised the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate Planned Parenthood, StemExpress and other corporations involved in the alleged illegal sales of fetal organs.
Earlier this year, a correspondence between the FBI's Gregory Brower and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) showed that the FBI had received the committee's recommendation to investigate.
While the bureau can neither confirm nor deny if there are ongoing investigations into Planned Parenthood, the letters between Brower and Grassley at least indicated the possibility.
The Center for Medical Progress' videos released in 2015 kickstarted a nationwide pro-life push for defunding Planned Parenthood. The videos are currently blocked by a court gag order as part of an ongoing legal battle.
"Close to half of the video footage I have gathered," Daleiden claimed, "still has never seen the light of day."
The live webinar in October featured Daleiden's attorneys (from Catholic non-profit firm Thomas More Society), as well as some of the nation's top pro-life speakers and organizers.
Daleiden and the CMP are still fighting a civil suit from the National Abortion Federation over the damning footage. After the civil suit, the pro-lifers will have to face a slew of criminal charges in the state of California.