Justice Department Is Looking Into Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Practices

The Justice Department is investigating the fetal tissue practices of Planned Parenthood.

In 2015, undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) revealed Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue practices at the organization including the sale of body parts of aborted babies to biomedical companies.

The videos launched nationwide stories about Planned Parenthood and a political battle over federal funding of the organization.

The Department of Justice is seeking documents from a Senate Committee that had investigated the sale of fetal tissue to research companies.

The Daily Beast reports:

The Justice Department is taking steps to investigate Planned Parenthood, The Daily Beast has learned.

The head of Justice’s office of legislative affairs has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee asking for documents from its investigation of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue practices. The Daily Beast reviewed the letter, which says the requested documents are “for investigative use.”

Planned Parenthood defended its practices in a statement last month.

The Hill reports:

Planned Parenthood blasted claims about its tissue practices as “baseless” in a statement last month, arguing that the investigation was part of a “widely discredited attempt” to shut down abortion care at the organization.