ALL Calls for Immediate Congressional Investigation and Halting of PP's Medicaid Reimbursements
Washington, DC—Early this morning, the Center for Medical Progress released the results of a three-year investigation into the handling of the remains of aborted babies at Planned Parenthood centers. What it uncovered was shocking. Officials at the highest levels of Planned Parenthood were aware of, and seemingly complicit in, the selling of whole cadavers and/or parts of the aborted babies for a profit. In support of its claims, CMP released a video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses, and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.
In reaction to this news, Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, released the following statement:
The sale of baby body parts and the committing of partial-birth abortion are both illegal throughout the United States. The fact that the senior director of medical services at the national office of Planned Parenthood freely admits to the organization being involved in both of these criminal activities should be cause for immediate action from all branches of the federal government. Planned Parenthood receives $528 million a year from taxpayers, and $400 million of that is from the Medicaid program. At the very least, Congress and the states should instantly suspend all Medicaid reimbursements to the organization.
In February 2000, Life Dynamics shocked the world when it revealed the outrageous sale of the parts of aborted babies in the United States. Life Dynamics had carefully collected a great deal of data—much of it from a Planned Parenthood affiliate. However, Planned Parenthood rallied its political forces and made a sham of a Congressional hearing into the matter. As the situation faded away, most people thought Planned Parenthood had stopped selling baby body parts.
But, as today’s announcement reveals, it simply went further underground and, if anything, became more brazen. In addition to the demand that the government suspend Medicaid reimbursements, American Life League calls on the members of Congress to immediately begin hearings and institute an investigation into Planned Parenthood. The organization must not be allowed to use its political muscle to continue to ignore the law. The purpose of Congressional action is to cut off every penny of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood—forever!
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