“We urge you to investigate not only the extent to which Planned Parenthood was involved in the sale of fetal tissue, but also the disturbing descriptions by Planned Parenthood workers of infants born alive who were left to die or killed through organ harvesting,” the lawmakers added.
“We can confirm the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) of FBI Headquarters received your referrals and sent them to the relevant FBI field offices for review and whatever action is deemed appropriate,” the FBI’s Gregory Brower
wrote to Grassley in June 2017.
In his correspondence, Brower apologized to Grassley “for the delay in responding to your inquiry” and indicated receipt of the chairman’s
letter, dated April 24, 2017, to both former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions “concerning criminal referrals you made on December 13, 2016, to the FBI and Department of Justice.”
Both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives conducted expansive investigations into Planned Parenthood and its partners in the biomedical procurement industry. The investigations concerned allegations of selling fetal body parts for a profit, which
arose from CMP’s undercover video series expose.
The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
The Senate Judiciary Committee
referred Planned Parenthood to both the FBI and the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
Based on its findings, the Judiciary Committee’s Majority Staff Report
concluded that Planned Parenthood’s partners in the biomedical procurement industry paid the abortion chain’s affiliates for the body parts of aborted babies “and then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.”
In its latest annual report for 2018-2019, Planned Parenthood
revealed the organization performed a record-high number of abortions while it also received record-high taxpayer funding.
Despite the fact that abortion rates in the United States have
fallen to an all-time low, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions in 2018-2019, an increase of nearly 13,000 more abortions and four percent over the 332,757 the group performed during year 2017-2018.
In 2018-2019, the abortion vendor was also on the receiving end of $616.8 million in American taxpayer funds, a 9.4 percent increase from the $563.8 million it received in year 2017-2018.
“Government health services reimbursements and grants” remains the largest source of income for Planned Parenthood at 37 percent — largely from the Medicaid program — followed by “private contributions and bequests” at 36 percent.
In year 2018-2019, Planned Parenthood’s total revenue was more than $1.6 billion, and its net assets for the year were nearly $2 billion.