WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is chiding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for failure to prosecute Planned Parenthood and other organizations for trafficking in aborted baby parts.
On December 13, the committee chairman, Republican senator Charles Grassley, addressed a letter to Attorney General (AG) Loretta Lynch and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey. He attacks them specifically and the DOJ in general for "the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying or selling of human fetal tissue with even a single prosecution."
In July 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a series of undercover videos showing members of Planned Parenthood and medical research companies conspiring in the illegal sale of aborted baby parts. Afterwards the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives was formed as part of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce in order to investigate the claims.
After a year of investigation the panel found Planned Parenthood and its various business partners illegally trafficked aborted baby parts and recommended criminal prosecution.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has also released its own report into the alleged wrongdoings of Planned Parenthood and others. The result is a 550-page report issued by the Committee outlining crimes committed by Planned Parenthood affiliates and medical research companies.
[C]ompanies have charged thousands of dollars for specimens removed from a single aborted fetus; they have claimed the fees they charged only recovered acceptable costs when they had not, in fact, conducted any analysis of their costs when setting the fees; and their post hoc accounting rationalizations invoked a bevy of indirect and tenuously related costs in an attempt to justify their fees.
It goes on to chide the DOJ, noting it "has failed to indict any of the parties involved," and goes on to say, "There has been substantial evidence that the executive branch agencies involved have failed to monitor the industry and failed to actively investigate potential criminal violations."
Grassley notes that once Planned Parenthood found out its business partners were violating the law, "instead of exercising its oversight procedures to bring them into compliance, it contacted the affiliates involved and then altered those oversight procedures in a manner that allowed the affiliates' conduct to continue."
He went on to say, "While the Committee does not have all the details of what transpired between the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and these affiliates ... the facts uncovered raise a reasonable suspicion that these organizations, and/or individuals employed by them, may have engaged in a conspiracy to violate the fetal tissue law."
Grassley finished, "Therefore, I am referring the practices of these organizations, as outlined in the report, to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and potential prosecution for this offense, as well. "