Yesterday, Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood appeared before a Congressional Committee and was generally harassed by the Republicans on the committee, to the point where they continually spoke over here and failed to allow her to answer and speak. NPR has a post with audio clips of several of the most contentious moments, particularly her interchange with Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the Freedom Caucus preparing to shut down the government over this issue. Despite the fact that there is zero Planned Parenthood funding at stake in the current budget negotiations. (Don’t believe me? Just watch last week’s Fox News Sunday with Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole who said: “Well, first of all, look, on Planned Parenthood, there’s no money in the short term C.R. [Continuing Resolution]for Planned Parenthood. Ninety percent of their money comes from Medicaid, not from anything we’re going to do. And the remainder is awarded on what are called grants. They’re all done in about April. There’s none lefts to do this year, literally none. So, the idea that we’re fighting over money for Planned Parenthood is — it’s a canard. It’s just not true.”)
Planned Parenthood is under investigation by several Congressional Committees. They will be political investigations and we can await the results but Missouri has investigated and concluded there is no violations of law there. The results of these other investigations will mirror that conclusion, I suspect.
Documents reviewed by Attorney General’s Office show Planned Parenthood handling fetal tissue in accordance with Missouri law
Attorney General Chris Koster released a report today concluding his office’s investigation into Planned Parenthood. The office launched its investigation following the July 2015 release of videos raising questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices in other states regarding the alleged unlawful sale of fetal tissue. Koster’s investigation examined in detail the tissue-handling practices of Planned Parenthood’s Missouri surgical facility and concluded there was no evidence that the facility engaged in unlawful activity.
The investigation focused on Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLR), the only abortion facility currently licensed in Missouri to perform surgical abortions. As part of its investigation, the office conducted multiple interviews with representatives from PPSLR and the pathology laboratory that examines fetal tissue for PPSLR as required by Missouri law. The office also reviewed thousands of pages of documents to inform its findings.