Two leading members of the Missouri House have filed bills which would help ensure that the organs and body parts of aborted preborn children are not sold by abortion clinics and hospitals performing elective abortions. Representative Diane Franklin
, Chairwoman of the House Children and Families Committee, and Representative Andrew Koenig
, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have filed proposals which would place further restrictions on the sale of the human remains of unborn children who have been aborted.
Representatives Franklin and Koenig co-chaired a joint House committee over the interim that examined the practices of Planned Parenthood in the disposal of fetal tissue resulting from abortions. The committee also questioned state health officials about their enforcement of current state laws governing the transfer and handling of fetal tissue.
The joint committee was convened, along with a similar committee in the Senate, following the release last year of undercover videos by a national group called The
Center for Medical Progress. Those videos revealed in revolting fashion how medical officers, staff members, and contractors for Planned Parenthood were engaged in trafficking of baby body parts.
Despite false media stories to the contrary, the videos provided convincing proof that Planned Parenthood abortionists were conducting late-term abortions in a manner that would preserve intact the organs and body parts of aborted children. The videos also showed leading officials of Planned Parenthood haggling over the price they would charge for the sale of these baby body parts.
House Bill 2071, filed by Representative Franklin, and House Bill 2371, would require that the entirety of fetal tissue removed at the time of abortion be submitted to a certified pathologist. Current law only mandates that "a representative sample" be provided to a pathologist, who is then required to submit a pathology report to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.
Current law prohibits any person from knowingly offering or receiving "any valuable consideration" for the fetal organs or tissue resulting from an abortion. Representative Koenig's bill would make it a Class C felony for any person to receive any payment for the human remains of an unborn child.
National Planned Parenthood officials have claimed that the payments they have received are only designed to cover the costs of the handling and transport of human remains. The fact that Planned Parenthood is actually engaged in profitmaking from fetal tissue was illustrated by Dr. Mary Gatter, the director of a for-profit associate of Planned Parenthood. In a conversation where Dr. Gatter was dickering over the price to be paid for certain baby body parts, she laughingly stated that someday she would like to own a Lamborghini.
While Planned Parenthood officials in Missouri insist that their abortion clinics are not engaged in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts, the videos raised serious questions about what is going on at the Reproductive Health Services clinic in St. Louis operated by Planned Parenthood.
In one of the videos, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, states that St. Louis should be considered as an "untapped" supplier of baby body parts. It is not clear whether she is referring to the Planned Parenthood clinic, or their close partners in St. Louis: the Washington University Medical Center, whose doctors have performed abortions at Planned Parenthood, or Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which has performed late-term abortions for many years.