Missouri Senate leaders have convened a special committee to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood affiliates are engaging in the illegal
trafficking of the body parts of aborted unborn children. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey
has announced the appointment of a Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Human Life. He has appointed Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia to serve as chairman of the committee, and Senator David Sater of Cassville as the vice-chairman.
"The recent allegation that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue to medical laboratories is not only appalling, but illegal as well," Senator Dempsey said in a statement. "I am tasking this committee to find out exactly what is going on behind closed doors and hold them accountable for any illegal actions."
"These are horrifying allegations," added Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard
. "As a pro-life senator, I have always done my best to protect the
sanctity of life. The effect of abortion on both the child and the mother are devastating. These appalling acts would only further the damage done already."
The forceful action by Missouri Senate leaders occurs in the wake of the latest disturbing video released by a group called the Center for Medical Progress. The most recent undercover video involves a conversation with Dr. Mary Gatter, President of the Medical Directors' Council, a for-profit associate of Planned Parenthood. During the video, Dr. Gatter dickers over the price she will accept for the body parts of preborn children aborted by Planned Parenthood clinics.
Dr. Gatter tells the interviewers that Planned Parenthood attempts to obtain "intact specimens" during an abortion, and that she is willing to talk to doctors to "use a less crunchy technique to get more whole specimens." As to price, Gatter says that "we don't want to be in a position of being accused of selling
tissue and stuff like that...money is not the most important thing to me."
However, Dr. Gatter then adds that the price for the baby body parts "has to be big enough that it makes it worthwhile for me." She then turns to the woman on her right and taps her on the shoulder, saying with a chuckle: "I want a Lamborghini."
The latest revelations follow an earlier undercover video involving an interview with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood. In that repulsive video, Nucatola shares over wine and salad how Planned Parenthood's abortionists are careful where they place the "graspers" so they do not crush valuable baby body parts like the heart, liver, lung, and the head itself.
During her interview, Dr. Nucatola stated that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis was an "untapped supplier" of baby body parts. "The one other place I would consider that you're not thinking about possibly is St. Louis," Nucatola says. "I think that's definitely worth your while...I would say St. Louis is worth investigating."
Senator Schaefer says that if is proven that the Reproductive Health Services clinic in St. Louis is illegally trafficking in "fetal tissue," the facility should lose its state license. "Missourians deserve to know the truth behind this potentially atrocious violation of our state laws and humane values. Over the next few months this committee will conduct a rigorous investigation into the monstrous and inconceivable acts carried out by Planned Parenthood."