Missouri Family E-News

February 2, 2016

                          
Grand Jury Ignores Sale
of Fetal
Body Parts 

Pro-life leaders are calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor in a Texas county where a grand jury has indicted two pro-life investigative reporters.

A grand jury was convened in Harris County, Texas, to examine allegations that the Houston Planned Parenthood clinic was engaged in the illegal sale of aborted fetal remains. 

The decision to convene a grand jury followed the release of a series of undercover videos by a group called The Center for Medical Progress.

Those videos revealed in gruesome and repulsive fashion how Planned Parenthood officials were selling the organs and fetal tissue of preborn children who had been aborted.

The videos captured Planned Parenthood abortionists discussing in cavalier and grotesque terms how they perform abortions so as to preserve intact the vital organs and brains of the unborn child.

In a thoroughly dastardly development, the grand jury has presented no charges against Planned Parenthood.  Instead, the grand jury has indicted the two individuals who recorded the videos, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

They have been charged with tampering with a governmental record through the use of a fake ID and an attempt to buy human organs.  The two had posed as medical researchers seeking to purchase fetal body parts.

Now it has been learned that one of the prosecutors in the Harris County District Attorney's office serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

It has also been reported that Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson failed to prosecute a notorious abortionist in 2013.  A grand jury reviewed evidence that Douglas Karpen was delivering babies alive and then killing them by slashing their throats or twisting their necks.  The allegations were made by three of Karpen's former employees.

Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black was appalled by the latest grand jury's action.  "It is a sad day in American when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers who exposed their misdeeds are handed down a politically motivated indictment instead."

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, says that the perverse conduct of the runaway grand jury does not expunge the evidence of Planned Parenthood's grisly behavior.

"Regardless of what the Court finds, the bottom line is this:  No grand jury can make Americans unsee the gruesome images of lifeless babies or unhear the laughter of Planned Parenthood's doctors as they joke about harvesting tiny hearts."

David Daleiden defended his conduct.  "The Center for Medical Progress used the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades...Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see."

The Texas Attorney General's office is still continuing with its own investigation into the practices of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already expressed his personal sentiments on the issue:  "The fact remains that the videos exposed the horrific nature of abortion and the shameful disregard for human life of the abortion industry." 
  

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House Bills Filed
to Block Sale of
Baby Body Parts

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.
Representative Franklin has also introduced another bill that would protect "whistleblowers" who report violations of state statutes or state health regulations governing the operation of abortion clinics.   The legislation would prohibit any form of discrimination against an employee who provides to the state any evidence of alleged fraudulent activity or illegal conduct.

As we have previously reported, Senator Bob Onder introduced legislation in the Senate which is similar to the bills introduced by Representatives Franklin and Koenig.  Senator Onder's bill , Senate Bill 644, is advancing quickly at this early stage of the legislative session.  It has already been endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and has been placed on the Senate calendar for debate by the full Senate in the coming weeks.

Senator Onder's bill would also mandate in state law that state health officials conduct an annual unannounced inspection of every abortion clinic in Missouri.  Current state health regulations require that such annual inspections be done.  The Missouri Family Policy Council has previously revealed that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services failed to conduct such inspections in 8 of the last 15 years.

We encourage you to contact your state senator to urge them to vote for Senator Onder's bill, Senate Bill 644  You can do so by clicking this link:
Your Senator

We also suggest you contact your state representative to encourage them to vote for Representative Franklin and Representative Koenig's bills,  House Bill 2071 and House Bill 2371.  You can do so by using this link:
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