Obama admin to Congress: It’s perfectly legal for Planned Parenthood to harvest babies’ organs
President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told Congress late last week that Planned Parenthood has been following the law in its practice of attaining fetal tissue and body parts for sale.
HHS also insisted it does not fund fetal tissue research or elective abortion through Planned Parenthood. Rather, it gives the nation’s largest abortion provider money for its “critical health services.”
In a letter sent late Friday and addressed to Sens. Joni Ernst and Roy Blunt, HHS’s assistant secretary for legislation contended that HHS “knows of no violations” of U.S. fetal tissue laws on the part of government researchers or the companies that supply the tissue, and said also that HHS takes the word of non-profits supplying it fetal tissue for research that they are operating in line with all aspects of the law.
“Currently, we know of no violation of these laws in connection with the research done at our agencies,” stated Jim Esquea in the letter. “Furthermore … we have confirmed that HHS researchers working with fetal tissue obtained the tissue from non-profit organizations that provided assurances to us that they are in compliance with all applicable legal requirements.”