Despite parliamentary antics on the parts of pro-Planned Parenthood Democratic members of the Select Panel on Infant Lives, followed by several minutes of castigation of the Panel’s investigation, a markup meeting took place today where the Panel voted to hold StemExpress and its CEO, Cate Dyer, in contempt for failing to comply with subpoenas.
Democratic members, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, refused to participate in the actual vote and walked out of the meeting. The resolution passed with 8 yes votes.
A House Resolution Report seeking the contempt charges details a pattern of deception and stonewalling employed by StemExpress that was used to stall an investigation by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives.
StemExpress, an organ procurement company, was under investigation by the Select Panel due to its financial and professional relationship with Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. Evidence released by the Center for Medical Progress last year indicated that Planned Parenthood illegally profited financially from the sale of aborted baby remains to StemExpress and other organ procurement organizations.
At issue are accounting records that were first voluntarily requested by the Select Panel from StemExpress. Instead of accounting documents, the Select Panel was provided inadequate summaries. When Dyer and her company refused to comply, the Select Panel issued subpoenas to require compliance.
According to the report, StemExpress told the Select Panel to seek the financial records from its outside accountant, the Scinto Group. However, when the Panel approached the Scinto Group, it refused to comply because Stem Express objected to their compliance.
The panel was also told to seek accounting documents from a former accountant, Sara Lee Heuston, who happened to be represented by StemExpress’ attorney. During a conversation with Heuston, she told the Select Panel she had no documents “and that if the Panel contacted her again she would call the police.”
Dyer has refused to supply the Select Panel with the names of current accountants for her company.
“This is the very definition of the ‘run-around,’” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue who also served as a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress.
“Dyer has a lot to hide, so to keep the Select Panel accessing incriminating documents that may implicate her and her Planned Parenthood cohorts, she would rather face contempt charges.”
The efforts by the Select Panel spanning to obtain the accounting documents from Dyer and StemExpress have spanned eight months. Now Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the Select Panel, believes they have reached an impasse, which is impeding the Panel’s ability to conduct the investigation with which it was tasked.
Rep. Blackburn sought the contempt charges to break through the stonewalling and compel compliance so the Panel could get to the truth about whether laws were broken.
The contempt resolution will be referred to the full Committee on Energy and Commerce. If it is approved, it will be referred to the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for certification. Contempt is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of $100,000.
In a separate matter, Rep. Blackburn removed from the agenda a resolution to release the May 11, 2016, deposition of abortionist Eve Espey of the University of New Mexico. The deposition was taken as part of the Panel’s investigation into the UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options, a late term abortion facility that supplied UNM with aborted baby remains. No reason for removing the resolution was given.
Read the Select Panel’s Contempt Resolution Report
This breaking news report has been updated.
[21 Sept 2016, Sullenger, http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/house-select-panel-votes-to-hold-stemexpress-ceo-in-contempt-in-baby-parts-investigation/ ]
Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Buyer StemExpress Faces Contempt Charges for Stonewalling Congress – Panel to Vote 21 Sept 2016
In a big move announced yesterday, the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives will vote Wednesday on contempt charges against StemExpress and its owner, Cate Dyer.
Dyer and her organ procurement company have repeatedly stonewalled subpoenas issued by the Select Panel for financial information that would prove not only that Planned Parenthood profited from the sale of fresh aborted baby body parts to Stem Express, but also how much it profited.
The sale of aborted baby remains for profit is a violation of Federal Law.
The Select Panel was created to investigate evidence that surfaced last year through a series of undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress. The videos showed Planned Parenthood executives and abortionists bargaining for the sale of aborted baby remains for profit to a number of organ procurement companies and research laboratories
“This is the piece of the puzzle we hoped the Select Panel would uncover,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who served as a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress. “As with many white collar crimes, the financial data is the key piece of evidence. The fact that Dyer is risking contempt charges to keep this information out of the Select Panel’s hands indicates it must be strongly incriminating to her, her company, and her business partners at Planned Parenthood.”
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Newman is named in two Federal lawsuits filed by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, which are seeking to block the release of additional videos and evidence and financially ruin those involved in the undercover journalistic study that revealed their obvious ghoulish behavior toward aborted baby remains and their alleged criminal conduct.
The Select Panel also announced that in a separate matter, it will vote to release a May 11, 2016, deposition taken as part of the Panel’s investigation in to the University of New Mexico (UNM).
On June 23, 2016, the Select Panel sent a letter to Attorney General Hector H. Balderas, Jr. recommending criminal charges and further investigation into UNM and the largest late-term abortion facility in the country, Southwestern Women’s Options, both located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
During their investigation, the Select Panel uncovered evidence that UNM obtained aborted baby remains from Southwestern Women’s Options, which were then used for experimentation by UNM or sold to others for experimentation in violation of state and federal law.
In return, Southwestern Women’s Options abortionists received numerous employee benefits at UNM that provided professional and financial gain.
Nearly three months later, Attorney General Balderas has yet to charge UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options.
In August, Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, who oversaw the aborted baby tissue harvesting scheme, admitted on video that staff from the University of New Mexico used brains of aborted babies for dissection by high school students at a summer camp.
This admission essentially justified the Select Panel’s decision to seek criminal charges against UNM and SWO.
The Select Panel will meet Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. ET in HVC-210 at the United States Capitol. A live stream of the meeting and links to the documents will be available at this link.
Operation Rescue will also post the documents when they are available.
[LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices.
Cheryl Sullenger Sep 20, 2016, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/09/20/planned-parenthood-baby-parts-buyer-stemexpress-faces-contempt-charges-for-stonewalling-congress/ ]