Mark Caserta: DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood

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December 15, 2017

 

The abortion of an innocent, unborn child is a dagger in the heart of God’s gift of life to His children. It’s unfathomable continuation stabs deeply into man’s flesh, leaving behind a wound defiled with the blood of the most unblemished among us.

One hundred years ago, Margaret Sanger, an advocate for women’s reproductive rights and a vocal eugenics enthusiast, opened her first birth-control clinic in the United States and founded an organization known as Planned Parenthood.

Per The Heritage Foundation, today Planned Parenthood offers a “wide range” of women’s health care as justification for taxpayers providing more than 40 percent of their funding. Data show that Planned Parenthood is now the country’s largest abortion provider with affiliates performing more than 300,000 abortions per year and has become an organization deeply embedded in controversy.

Per reports from multiple news organizations, including The New York Times, the Justice Department recently launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and the sale of fetal tissue derived from abortions – for profit.

In a letter, reportedly first obtained by Fox News last month, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd has formally requested unredacted documents from the committee who led the congressional probe into the women’s health organization following a 2015 undercover operation by activists David Daleiden, and Sandra Merritt, of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.

During the investigation, both Daleiden and Merritt recorded undercover video while posing as researchers interested in purchasing fetal tissues from Planned Parenthood. The request for the information was made to the same Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, referred Planned Parenthood, along with other providers to the FBI for investigation last December, according to The Hill.

Like millions of Americans, I had opportunity to view many of the undercover videos produced during the investigation and found them nothing short of horrifying. I was sickened my tax dollars were helping support this wretched practice which has been essentially ignored over the years by Democrats and Republicans alike.

In a statement to Fox News, Daleiden provided some details on the videos and shared investigative findings.

“After Planned Parenthood’s top doctors were caught on camera casually negotiating the sale of aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers and brains, two congressional investigations confirmed there were ‘systematic’ violations of federal law in Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby parts business,” he said. “The FBI’s investigation of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded, criminal abortion enterprise is long overdue.”

Planned Parenthood vehemently denies the allegations brought about by the undercover video. And while it’s true Daleiden and Merritt were indicted in 2016 on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record, it was related to presenting a fake California driver’s license with the intent to defraud, and had nothing to do with the video content, per The New York Times.

Today’s abortion ideology is a result of progressivism working to expand “choice” in every area of our lives. Tragically, the unborn are paying the ultimate price.

May God convict our hearts and give us wisdom as we fight to end this madness.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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