The Department of Justice is requesting unredacted copies of a 2016 report conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee on those involved in fetal tissue and body parts sales and transfer.
“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,” wrote Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.
The 2016 report was sparked by the undercover videos released in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress. Planned Parenthood and StemExpress employees were featured in the videos.
“We applaud any action by the DOJ to follow the evidence where it leads—and the Senate Judiciary report reveals substantial evidence suggesting Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of baby body parts,” said Lila Rose, the president of Live Action, a pro-life nonprofit organization.
Planned Parenthood, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has denied any wrongdoing.
In 2016, “following an investigation into the practice of fetal tissue transfers and the federal laws governing the practice, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is referring several Planned Parenthood affiliates and companies involved in fetal tissue transfers, as well as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution,” a press release from Grassley’s office read.
“I don’t take lightly making a criminal referral,” Grassley said in a statement at the time. “But, the seeming disregard for the law by these entities has been fueled by decades of utter failure by the Justice Department to enforce it. And, unless there is a renewed commitment by everyone involved against commercializing the trade in aborted fetal body parts for profit, then the problem is likely to continue.”
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