Several major developments over the past few hours have brought forth evidence that Planned Parenthood indeed has profited from the sale of aborted baby tissue, but also is stonewalling both criminal and Congressional investigations.
A new video released today by the Center for Medical Progress focuses on clips of discussions with Advanced Biosciences Resources, Inc. (ABR), the oldest body parts procurement company in the U.S. Founded in 1989 by Linda Tracy, ABR has partnered with numerous Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country.
Abortionist Katherine Sheehan, Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, told a CMP actor posing as a representative of a Tissue Procurement Organization (TPO) that her organization has had a business relationship with ABR supplying fetal tissue to them for over ten years.
Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, based in San Diego, California, is a high volume abortion organization that conducts abortions up to 24 weeks.
Last week, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, sent a letter to Congressional leadership admitting that there was one Planned Parenthood affiliate working with a TPO in California that also had a fetal tissue supply relationship with the University of California. Richards indicated that this affiliate is paid $60 per tissue specimen.
That affiliate has now been identified as Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, which maintains long-time relationships with ABR and the University of California San Diego.
CMP Executive Director David Daleiden sent his own letter to Congressional leadership yesterday stating:
Therefore, records of PPPS's relationship with ABR for the past 10 years will be highly relevant to the Committees' inquiries. In particular, a comparison of this affiliate's contracts with ABR before and after the "renegotiation" mentioned by Dr. Sheehan will be enlightening. ABR's procurement logs, records of payment to PPPS or officers, and communications between PPPS or ABR and Planned Parenthood's national office will also be key pieces of evidence.
"Let the subpoena's begin!" said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue who also sits on the Board of the Center for Medical Policy. "We encourage Congress and law enforcement in states where Planned Parenthood has sold aborted baby remains to get the evidence as quickly as possible. Planned Parenthood has already attempted several dirty political tricks to get this scandal to go away, including lying to the American people. Because Planned Parenthood is so untrustworthy, it is important to secure the evidence as soon as possible."
There is reason for concern.
Daleiden stated in his letter to Congressional leadership:
Instead of practicing transparency about the fetal tissue supply that Planned Parenthood claims to be so "proud" of, the organization and its allies are engaging in a pattern of stonewalling Congress and law enforcement and attacking whistleblowers with false and unsubstantiated calumnies.
Operation Rescue continues its call for criminal prosecutions and the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
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