House Committee Announces Expanded Planned Parenthood Investigation

[On 7 Aug 2015] the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced it is expanding its current Planned Parenthood investigation. House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today sent letters to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR), Novogenix Laboratories, and StemExpress, requesting briefings and information regarding each organization’s practices relating to human fetal parts collection, sale, and/or donation. These letters build on the committee’s investigation into the shocking Planned Parenthood videos released in recent weeks. This time the House wants to hear from the fetal procurement companies, as well as from the Planned Parenthood officials implicated in the videos that came out after the initial investigation began. In its letter to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the committee asks Richards for interviews with Dr. Mary Gatter, president of PPFA’s Medical Director’s Council; Ms. Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast; and Savita Ginde, M.D., vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The committee also asks for Richards to tell them the names of the other PPFA officials who work with fetal tissue donation and disposal. Richards has until August 14 to respond to the committee. Meanwhile, all three implicated fetal tissue procurement agencies received letters. The letters to StemExpress and ABR specifically mention a New York Times article that listed them as fetal tissue suppliers. In the letter to StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer, the committee writes: Several videos made public in recent weeks have raised questions regarding the buying, selling, and research use of human fetal tissue. A recent New York Times article reported...