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AUL Attorneys Detail Possible Violations of Federal Laws for Congressional Committees and Leadership Investigating Planned Parenthood, Calls for Congressional Hearings

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, August 27th, 2015

“The shocking undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood abortionists and associates sipping wine while discussing money to be made from infant bodies, butchered and sold for parts, may represent broad-based corporate corruption coordinated at the national level,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-27-15) — Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest today sent a letter and detailed legal response to multiple committees and top legal authorities in Congress, now currently investigating the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), following release of videos indicating PPFA’s involvement in lucrative. infant body parts trafficking. “Given the fact that half-a-billion dollars each year flows from beleaguered taxpayers to the highly profitable national abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood, an investigation into troubling questions raised by videos is required to assess whether laws have been broken,” noted Dr. Yoest.

In her letter, Yoest noted that AUL’s attorneys have reviewed in detail the transcripts and unedited video footage of the seven videos released by CMP for the period beginning July 14, 2015 and ending on August 25, 2015 and have prepared a memorandum summarizing the salient facts related to possible unethical and illegal activity by PPFA in order to assist Congressional Committees and staff during the important process of examining the practices and policies of PPFA and its affiliates. The letter and legal document went to Senator Chuck Grassley head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Judiciary Staff as well as all Senate Republicans, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“I am writing to ask you to pursue a thorough investigation and hold Congressional hearings to provide a public forum for these important questions. In their own letter to Congress, Planned Parenthood alleges that the videos have been ‘heavily edited’ and that they provide a false portrayal of the organization’s activities,” Dr. Yoest wrote. “However, we believe that a close viewing of the full videos provides an even more troubling picture than does the edited versions.”

The legal memorandum documents specific statements made by current and former employees of PPFA and tissue procurement companies which raise probable cause that PPFA violated one or all of the following federal laws regarding: I. Receiving valuable consideration for providing fetal tissue, 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2(a); II. Altering abortion procedures to obtain fetal tissue, 42 U.S.C. § 289g-1; III. Obtaining informed consent for fetal tissue donation, 42 U.S.C. § 289g-1; IV. Performing partial-birth abortions, 18 U.S.C. § 1531; V. Killing infants born alive after an attempted induced abortion, who are persons entitled to legal protection under 1 U.S.C. § 8.

As a service to investigators, the 28-page document details the law, followed by direct quotes from Planned Parenthood abortionists and other individuals, showing how laws may have been broken. Click here to read more.

“The shocking undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood abortionists and associates sipping wine while discussing money to be made from infant bodies, butchered and sold for parts, may represent broad-based corporate corruption coordinated at the national level,” said Dr. Yoest. “In fact, Planned Parenthood has a long history of unethical and potential criminal activity.”

As noted here, AUL has extensively documented other cases of Planned Parenthood abuses in:

  • The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,
  • The Planned Parenthood Exhibits,
  • Abortion Inc.—Cecile Richards’ Planned Parenthood, and
  • The New Leviathan: How Planned Parenthood Has Become Abortion, Inc.

Click here to read the letter to Congress. Click here for the legal document outlining possible violations of federal law.

Click here to read about AUL’s analysis of the issues and events surrounding the release of the Center for Medical Progress videos.

Click here to visit AUL’s project, InvestigateBigAbortion.com.

AUL Supports Conscience Rights of Catholic Nuns; Files 28th Brief Against Obamacare’s Draconian Anti-Life Mandates

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

“When the government goes to court – multiple times – to punish nuns who do not want to purchase life-ending drugs and devices, you know that the system is broken,” said AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-26-15) — Americans United for Life’s legal team filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief this week in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, now before the Supreme Court on a petition for certiorari, demonstrating the coercive, unconstitutional effects of Obamacare’s “HHS Mandate,” which forces non-profit religious employers to facilitate coverage for life-ending drugs and devices against their beliefs. The filing marks AUL’s 28th amicus brief defending the rights of Americans under assault by the landmark anti-life law that is known as Obamacare. “When the government goes to court – multiple times – to punish nuns who do not want to purchase life-ending drugs and devices, you know that the system is broken,” said AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

She continued: “The Obama Administration is so deeply committed to advancing its abortion agenda that forcing a group of Catholic nuns to be complicit in providing insurance coverage for life-ending products is its standard operating procedure. This attack on our historic religious liberties must end, and AUL is committed to defending freedom of conscience until the Supreme Court shuts down such coercive, unconstitutional actions.”

Claiming to “accommodate” religious employers, the Obama Administration announced in an August 2014 regulation that those with religious beliefs opposed to facilitating and paying for life-ending drugs and devices must hand over to the federal government the name and contact information “for any of the plan’s third party administrators and health insurance issuers.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made clear that it will use that information to force the religious employer’s insurance carrier to include the objected-to items and services in the policies purchased by the religious employer.

In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, a federal trial court denied relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international Roman Catholic Congregation of Religious Sisters, forcing them to cooperate in facilitating insurance coverage of life-ending drugs and devices. The Tenth Circuit rejected the Sisters’ claims under the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), leading the Sisters to file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

In its brief, available here, AUL demonstrates that the life of a new human being begins at fertilization (conception), that so-called “emergency contraception” has post-fertilization effects that can prevent a new, developing human being from implanting in the uterus and thus ending his or her young life, and that forcing the Sisters to provide coverage for such drugs violates their constitutionally protected freedom of conscience.

The brief was filed on behalf of Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Alabama Physicians for Life, National Association of Pro Life Nurses, and National Association of Catholic Nurses.

To learn more about life-affirming healthcare, click here.

Listen: Dr. Charmaine Yoest on NPR to Discuss #PPSellsBabyParts Scandal

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

On August 11, 2015, Tom Ashbrook welcomed Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, pro-abortion writer Katha Pollitt, and Julie Rovner, senior health correspondent for Kaiser Health News onto his show to discuss the undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts.

Americans United for Life says 7th Planned Parenthood Undercover Video Reveals the Horrific ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ of Its Gruesome Infant Organ Trafficking

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

“The beating heart of an aborted infant seems like an image from Edgar Allen Poe’s horror story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ but in truth, it’s Cecile Richards’ inhumane profiteering displayed in living color,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-19-15) — As horrific depictions in a seventh undercover Planned Parenthood video, released by the Center for Medical Progress, describe Planned Parenthood personnel examining the beating heart of an aborted infant, the inhumanity of the abortion industry is on full display. “The beating heart of a soon-to-be dead infant seems like an image from Edgar Allen Poe’s horror story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ but in truth, it’s Cecile Richards’ inhumane profiteering displayed in living color,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

In a national column at Fox News, Dr. Yoest went on to discuss this moment in time, as Americans work to confront the evils unveiled in the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood personnel haggling over price, picking through infant body parts and discussing how to make the most money possible from the dead.

She wrote: “Planned Parenthood continues to insist that the videos have been edited to indict them — an odd claim since the full videos, and transcripts, are all available online. In fact, the broader context of each one of the videos released so far, and the ones to come, reveals a deepening morass of moral, ethical and legal entanglement for corporate Planned Parenthood. They may end up wishing the story were only a debate over profit.”

AUL’s legal team has laid out options for Congressional and state officials to address the potential crimes and unethical conduct unveiled in the videos.

“Planned Parenthood must be held accountable,” said Dr. Yoest. “Federal and state investigations into this heavily taxpayer-funded organization must begin with subpoenas of top officials. The federal government has a responsibility to the American people to ensure the integrity of abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood.”

In FY 2014, Planned Parenthood reported that 40% of its nearly $1.3 billion in revenue came at the taxpayers’ expense. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office in March 2015 documented that Planned Parenthood receives half a billion dollars annually from federal and joint federal-state programs. Relying on a heavy stream of funding from the government, Planned Parenthood operates the largest abortion business in the nation. Planned Parenthood clinics perform nearly 900 abortions every single day—327,653 abortions in 2013. According to Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report, abortions were 94% of its pregnancy related services.

In light of the inhumane treatment of infants who died from abortion, AUL also released updated legislation to require the proper handling of their remains. The “Unborn Infants Dignity Act” would prevent abortionists from profiting.

At Fox, Dr. Yoest wrote: “Americans have lived with abortion now for over forty years. Why this moment of outrage? The great William Wilberforce, in his fight against slavery, said of his generation: ‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.’ That’s why these videos have created a great moment of national decision. We have been looking the other way for many years. Now we cannot say we did not know.”

Click here to watch the seventh Planned Parenthood video, episode three of the Human Capital Documentary Web Series, entitled “Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product.”

Click here to read AULA’s letter to the Senate. And click here to learn more about AUL’s efforts to Investigate Big Abortion.

Click here to learn more about the legal issues surrounding the horrific images of trafficking in infant remains.

Americans United for Life Says 6th Video Further Unmasks a “Predatory Abortion Provider Still Refusing to Answer Questions Regarding Possible Criminal Acts”

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

“As the legal arm of the pro-life movement, Americans United for Life has outlined questions regarding possibly illegal and certainly unethical conduct occurring behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood, and yet Cecile Richards and the abortionists who work for her, still refuse to answer to the people paying over 40% of their annual revenues,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-12-15) — In light of new, horrifying revelations in a sixth video released from the Center for Medical Progress this morning, Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called upon Congressional and state investigators to issue subpoenas to scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood to require answers from the abortionists who coldly discuss the profits made from trafficking in infant bodies, hearts, lungs and livers. “As the legal arm of the pro-life movement, Americans United for Life has outlined questions regarding possibly illegal and certainly unethical conduct occurring behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood, and yet Cecile Richards and the abortionists who work for her still refuse to answer to the people paying over 40% of their annual revenues,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “What is this abortion business doing with $500 million taxpayer dollars each year? It’s time for a full investigation and to defund Planned Parenthood, redirecting scarce American tax dollars to real, comprehensive healthcare for women.”

Under Cecile Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening and prevention services have been cut by more than half, while it went from doing 1 in 5 abortions to 1 in 3, according to its own reports,” noted Dr. Yoest. “Forget the fictitious ‘3 percent’ number, Planned Parenthood uses to distract attention from its mega-abortion business model. According to its most recent annual report, abortions were 94% of its pregnancy- related services.”

Given the horrifying, graphic images of Planned Parenthood’s profiteering in human, infant remains, AUL is launching a nationwide legislative campaign for states to defund and redirect tax monies to real healthcare, and to protect the humanity of the unborn through passage of the “Unborn Infants Dignity Act,” which provides a legal framework for humanely dealing with infants who die before birth.

“We are already hearing from concerned legislators who want to prevent the inhumane treatment we are witnessing in these gruesome Planned Parenthood videos,” said Dr. Yoest. “The videos document a nationwide network of corruption and abortion profiteering, led by national corporate Planned Parenthood.”

In FY 2014, Planned Parenthood reported that over 40% of its nearly $1.3 billion in revenue came at the taxpayers’ expense. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office in March 2015 documented that Planned Parenthood receives half a billion dollars annually from federal and joint federal-state programs. The federal government has a responsibility to the American people to ensure the integrity of these programs.

The videos raise numerous questions of significant illegalities that must be investigated, including:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts?
  • Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?
  • Did Dr. Deborah Nucatola present herself to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as the Committee requested, to answer questions related to these allegations?

On July 23, 2015, AUL sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton, and additional House and Senate leadership, detailing three troubling areas in Planned Parenthood’s initial response to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Click here to read AUL’s letter to the Senate. And click here to learn more about AUL’s work to Investigate Big Abortion.

Click here to learn more about the legal issues surrounding the horrific images of trafficking in infant remains.

AUL says Fifth Planned Parenthood Video Reveals Again the Depth of Depravity within the Nation’s Number One Abortion Business

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

“In the light of day, Planned Parenthood’s embrace of profiting from a culture of infant death paints a video picture worth a thousand words and not worth half-a-billion in taxpayer dollars. It’s time to investigate the potentially illegal acts, including possible infanticide evidenced in this latest video, taking place behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood and to sever their ties to the American taxpayer,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-04-15) — “Planned Parenthood’s spin in trying to push back against the horrific images of picking through the bodies of aborted infants falls flat and misses the point,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Planned Parenthood tries to talk about expenses or continues to insist that the videos have been edited to indict them — an odd claim since the full videos, and transcripts, are all available online. But the broader context of each one of the videos released so far, and the ones to come, reveals a deepening morass of moral, ethical and legal entanglement for Planned Parenthood, including possible infanticide. They may end up wishing the story were only a debate over profit. The videos raise serious, on-going and legal questions about Planned Parenthood’s business model. They must be held legally accountable.”

In the light of day, Planned Parenthood’s embrace of profiting from a culture of infant death paints a video picture worth a thousand words and not worth half-a-billion in taxpayer dollars. It’s time to investigate the potentially illegal acts, including possible infanticide evidenced in this latest video, taking place behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood and to sever their ties to the American taxpayer,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “But office holders must do more to examine and investigate how Planned Parenthood has managed to earn more than a billion dollars each year as well as diving in to the legal issues surrounding their grisly business plan of selling abortions to vulnerable women and trafficking in infant remains. Their inhumanity appears very profitable.

“Last night we saw a bi-partisan majority of courageous Senators take a stand for these unborn infant victims by calling for a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, and we applaud them. Other politicians who insist on handing over half a billion dollars in scarce taxpayer resources to Planned Parenthood will find that the American taxpayer — and American voter — will hold them accountable for horrific judgment. It’s time to disentangle taxpayers from Big Abortion and redirect monies to real, comprehensive medical care. Tax dollars to help women should address all their needs, not fund a politically protected abortionist federation,” said Dr. Yoest.

As noted in the Washington Post: “Throughout the country, community health centers vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood, totaling 9,059 to 669. It would appear that women could still get the health care they need.” Click here to read more.

The outrage of the American people who have been shocked by gruesome images of Planned Parenthood abortionists picking through the remains of aborted infants they destroyed so that they could sell them for parts must be addressed in Congress and in the states through ongoing investigations and defunding efforts,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest. ” Moving forward, the very serious allegations against Planned Parenthood remain, and the numerous state and Congressional Investigations are warranted.”

The videos raise numerous questions of significant illegalities which must continue to be investigated, including:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts?
    Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?
  • Did Dr. Deborah Nucatola present herself to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as the Committee requested, to answer questions related to these allegations?

On July 23, 2015, AUL sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton, and additional House and Senate leadership, detailing three troubling areas in Planned Parenthood’s initial response to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“This is also a time for us to begin showing respect to unborn children who do not survive to take their first breath. AUL has developed the ‘Unborn Infants Dignity Act,’ model legislation that would require a humane handling of the bodies of unborn infants. We will be working to pass this bill in all fifty states.”

To learn more about AUL’s efforts to hold the abortion industry leader accountable, click here to go to InvestigateBigAbortion.com, a unique AUL effort.

For more information on AUL’s debunking of Planned Parenthood’s talking points and the legal issues in the case, click here.

Real healthcare respects life. For more information on the health risks of abortion, click here.

Senate Fails to Defund Planned Parenthood

By Americans United for Life
Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“Politicians who insist on handing over half a billion dollars in scarce taxpayer resources to Planned Parenthood will find that the American taxpayer — and American voter — will hold them accountable for horrific judgment. The outrage of the American people who have been shocked by gruesome images of Planned Parenthood abortionists picking through the remains of infants they destroyed so that they could sell them for parts must be addressed in Congress,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “It’s time to disentangle taxpayers from Big Abortion and redirect monies to real, comprehensive medical care. Tax dollars to help women should address all their needs, not fund a politically protected abortionist federation. Moving forward, the very serious allegations against Planned Parenthood remain, and the numerous state and Congressional Investigations are warranted.”

As noted in the Washington Post: “Throughout the country, community centers vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood, totaling 9,059 to 669. It would appear that women could still get the health care they need.” Click here to read more.

To learn more about today’s Senate vote, click here. To learn more about AUL’s efforts to Investigate Big Abortion, click here.

Americans United for Life Action Calls on Senate to Prohibit Federal Funding of Scandal-Ridden Planned Parenthood

By Americans United for Life
Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“AUL Action has long called on Congress to disentangle the American taxpayer from Big Abortion,” said Dr. Yoest. “Half-a-Billion dollars each year fattens the coffers of the profiteering abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood. That money can be directed to true healthcare.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-03-15) – Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called on the U.S. Senate to pass S. 1881, a bill to “Prohibit Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood,” sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), telling the Senate in a letter to Capitol Hill that it would be a scored vote for life. “AUL Action has long called on Congress to disentangle the American taxpayer from the Abortion Industry. Half-a-Billion dollars each year fattens the coffers of the profiteering abortion industry leader. That money can be directed to true healthcare.”

A vote on the measure, expected later today, follows release of four undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), capturing Planned Parenthood’s top doctors and other personnel discussing their practice of harvesting the body parts of aborted infants in exchange for money.

“Images of abortionists haggling over the price of infant hearts, lungs, livers and limbs has shocked the conscience of the nation,” noted Dr. Yoest. “Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent and potentially illegal practice uncovered by CMP is further proof that subsidizing Planned Parenthood is an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars.”

In FY 2014, Planned Parenthood reported that 40% of its nearly $1.3 billion in revenue came at the taxpayers’ expense. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office in March 2015 documented that Planned Parenthood receives half a billion dollars annually from federal and joint federal-state programs. The federal government has a responsibility to the American people to ensure the integrity of these programs.

Relying on a heavy stream of funding from the government, Planned Parenthood operates the largest abortion business in the nation. Planned Parenthood clinics perform nearly 900 abortions every single day—327,653 abortions in 2013. According to Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report, abortions were 94% of its pregnancy related services.

Click here to read AULA’s letter to the Senate. And click here to learn more about AUL’s efforts to Investigate Big Abortion.

Click here to learn more about the legal issues surrounding the horrific images of trafficking in infant remains.

AUL Says Fourth Shocking Planned Parenthood Video Underscores Issues in Letter Sent to Congress

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Announces the ‘Unborn Infants Dignity Act,’ model legislation that would
require a “humane handling of the broken bodies of unborn infants.”

“Legislators at the federal level should immediately freeze tax dollars from going to the discredited, abortion-industry leader during this investigation,” said Dr. Yoest. “And this is also a time for us to consider how to show respect to unborn children who do not survive to take their first breath.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-30-15) – “Repercussions from public and political reaction to the shocking spectacle of Planned Parenthood abortionists picking over the bodies of their unborn victims to sell their tiny human organs while collecting more than half-a-billion dollars from taxpayers will be felt at the federal and state levels,” predicted Americans United for Life President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Today’s video from the Center for Medical Progress illustrates AUL’s concerns, detailed last week in a letter to Congress, especially in light of the profiteering by abortion industry employees. (Click here to read more.) This new video shows that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is less than truthful in the face of evidence that abortionists working for her organization are making specific plans to profit from harvesting infant hearts, lungs, livers and limbs.

“This new Planned Parenthood video also includes an admission from Dr. Savita Ginde that she performs three to seven second trimester D&E abortions a day, and that these infants are sometimes delivered ‘intact,’” noted Yoest. “The context is related to the greater marketability of these intact infants, but this begs the question of whether some of these babies are alive at the time.”

Ginde notes that less than 10% of their aborted babies are intact. “That’s not what we go for,” says Ginde. Many babies in the second trimester have reached medical viability and could survive outside the womb.

This is a particular concern because the state of Colorado does not have a Born-Alive Infant Protection law. At the invitation of Colorado legislators, Dr. Yoest testified in support of such a law in March. However, after official opposition from Planned Parenthood of Colorado, the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee voted the legislation down.

Also noteworthy, Ginde says that she has to talk to “Deb,” who is Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood, the doctor featured in the first-released video. This comment highlights Nucatola’s knowledge and involvement with Planned Parenthood’s abortion profiteering and the systemic corruption of the organization. Congressman Fred Upton, the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked Dr. Nucatola to brief the Committee and respond to questions about Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of organs from aborted infants. Planned Parenthood has responded that they will not make Dr. Nucatola available prior to the July 31st deadline.

“We’ve now seen three different Planned Parenthood doctors involved in abortion profiteering. Cecile Richards and her allies in Congress and the Obama Administration continue to deny, dodge and distract in order to avoid addressing the brutal reality these videos have revealed. The American people are demanding a response,” said Yoest. “The nation’s number one abortion federation has received billions of tax dollars over the years, and now is the time to pass the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act.

“This is also a time for us to begin showing respect to unborn children who do not survive to take their first breath. AUL has developed the ‘Unborn Infants Dignity Act,’ model legislation that would require a humane handling of the bodies of unborn infants. We will be working to pass this bill in all fifty states.”

To learn more about how Planned Parenthood consumes more than half-a-billion dollars, click here. To learn more about the legal issues at play in the scandal so far, click here.

To learn more about AUL’s efforts to get President Obama to take action against Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of fetal tissue click here.

Americans United for Life Debunks Planned Parenthood Denials, Sends Letter to Congress Assessing Three Troubling Issues With Their Response to Shocking Videos

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

“In their response to Congress, Planned Parenthood continues to dodge, deny and deflect, refusing to address the real, substantive concerns about their unethical and potentially illegal corporate practices that are now publicly documented,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07- 23-15) – Faced with Congressional and state investigations in crimes possibly committed by Planned Parenthood abortionists for their inhumane harvesting and sale of aborted baby hearts, lungs, and livers, and other body parts, Senior Counsel for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Roger Evans authored an initial reply to the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee trying to downplay the horrific facts that arose from the release of undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress.  Today, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton, and additional House and Senate leadership, detailing three troubling areas in that response, to further the work of Congressional leadership as well as to the various committees engaged in investigating video of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing how they crush unborn infants to gather more parts for sale. The letter systematically addressed Evans’ claims, debunking the claims made to the Committee and documenting the legal challenges currently facing Planned Parenthood.

“On the videos, America clearly sees abortionists admitting to altering how they perform abortions to get more infant parts for sale, describing crushing the unborn to avoid valuable organs or considering ‘less crunchy’ means to a horrific end,” noted AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This is not a theoretical conversation. The videos speak for themselves.”

“It’s time for a thorough and honest investigation of the legal issues that come from possible use of illegal partial birth abortion techniques or possible illegal profits from trafficking in the human remains of unborn victims of abortion. Given the fact that Planned Parenthood receives almost half of its billion-dollar budget from taxpayers, Congressional and state officials must get to the bottom of this trafficking in the broken bodies of unborn victims of abortion.”

AUL’s legal analysis of the Planned Parenthood response documents issues related to the following three areas and states that their letter:

  • Elevates concern that Planned Parenthood is altering its abortion techniques to gain baby organs it can sell.
  • Confirms the necessity of investigating whether Planned Parenthood is profiting from the sale of baby body parts while manipulating events to create a perception of no gain.
  • Suggests that the unethical and illegal activity appears to go well beyond an individual and may be organization-wide.

 “Planned Parenthood’s behavior and motives are key to evaluating possible criminal acts in this case,” noted Dr. Yoest. For example, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Medical Director described how she, in fact, treats abortions differently based on whether or not she intends to harvest a baby’s body parts. When asked “how much of a difference can that actually make if you know kind of what’s expected or what [body parts] we need?” Dr. Nucatola replied: “It makes a huge difference.”

AUL has previously noted that the videos raise many on-going questions:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts?
  • Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?

AUL’s analysis notes that concerns about Planned Parenthood’s behavior are not from the videos alone. In an additional letter to the E&C Committee, “several former Planned Parenthood officers and employers ‘personally attest’ that Planned Parenthood ‘has operated as a law unto itself, gladly accepting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer support while using the rubric of ‘reproductive rights’ to claim an exemption from the normal standards of accountability that every other recipient of public funds is expected to meet.’”

Dr. Yoest observed that despite the serious legal issues brought to light by the videos, some politicians are ignoring Planned Parenthood’s alleged behavior to ask for investigation of those concerned about the harvesting and trafficking of infant body parts. She said: “Planned Parenthood’s enablers, among them this week certain House Democrats, are pursuing the tired and misleading strategy of attacking the messenger rather than responding to the merits of the very serious legal and ethical issues raised by the conduct of the organization’s abortionists.  Denial and obfuscation will not advance the public policy issues raised by the work of the Center for Medical Progress which must be addressed immediately and head-on.”

To read AUL’s analysis of claims made by Planned Parenthood to the E&C Committee, click here.

For more in the legal questions surrounding Planned Parenthood harvesting and sale of infant body parts, click here.

Click here to read the letter >>

 

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