SENATE CRIMINAL REFERRALS
Below are the criminal referrals that have been referred against Planned Parenthood, certain affiliates, and their partner organizations from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. While the Center for Medical Progress videos were certainly the catalyst for the investigation, these referrals “are based strictly on the documents obtained independently from tissue procurement companies and Planned Parenthood.” The committee searched through 20,000 pages of documents voluntarily provided by the organizations involved.
The Senate Judiciary Committee referred these charges to the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice:
• Despite the clear legislative history of the 1993 NIH Revitalization Act, the executive branch across multiple administrations has failed to enforce the law’s safeguards.
• Since 2010, three companies - Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc.; StemExpress, LLC; and Novogenix Laboratories, LLC (Novogenix has since gone out of business) - have paid affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America to acquire aborted fetuses and then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.
• The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) initially had a policy in place to ensure its affiliates were complying with the law but their affiliates failed to follow its fetal tissue reimbursement policy. When PPFA learned in 2011 of this situation, PPFA cancelled their national policy rather than exercise oversight to bring the affiliates back into compliance. Thus, PPFA not only turned a blind eye to their affiliates’ violations of its fetal tissue policy, but also altered its own oversight procedures enabling those affiliates’ practices to continue unimpeded.
• The cost analyses provided by affiliates of Planned Parenthood for America lack sufficient documentation and rely on unreasonably broad and vague claims of costs for “the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control or storage of” fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood attorneys acknowledge that the affiliates had failed to follow procedures put in place to ensure compliance with the law. In addition, the cost analyses were only performed long after the fact and at the insistence of the committee.
The full report is available here.