The Justice Department has informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that it will be probing Planned Parenthood in a letter requesting unredacted documents. The Senate Judiciary Committee had previously probed the controversial abortion organization over allegations that it profited off of the transfer of aborted babies’ body and tissue to research organizations.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) later referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In doing so, Sen. Grassley believed the Committee had acquired enough evidence to warrant an investigation. Last month, the FBI requested documents received from abortion providers, signaling an investigation was underway.
With two agencies within the federal government investigating the matter, it will be interesting to see what gets uncovered. Under the Trump Administration, it has been widely assumed that the government would pursue the organization’s questionable practices.
After news of a new investigation broke, Planned Parenthood slammed the FBI investigation last month, claiming this was an attempt to discredit the organization. They then claimed this was an attempt to stop reproductive health, although there is nothing reproductive about ending life to profit off of body parts.
The letter from the Justice Department makes clear to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the documents are for investigative purposes at this point. But if the investigation turns up evidence concluding that crimes were committed, it could have enormous implications for the controversial abortion organization.
Planned Parenthood has been previously accused of selling tissue and body parts from aborted babies. Videos released by the Center for Medical Progress allegedly caught members of the organization engaging in discussions related to this illicit behavior.
Pro-life activists are hopeful that a successful investigation into Planned Parenthood will show the world what the organization really does. The inhumane practice of abortion has been legal in the United States for decades, but is a fight that defenders of unborn children have not given up.