The State of Texas has opened up a criminal probe into allegations that a Houston Planned Parenthood may be selling intact fetuses as part of an illegal organ harvesting scheme.
Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urged the Houston District Attorney’s office to investigate “gruesome and barbaric” claims made in a recent video produced by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.
“In this video, taped at the Houston Planned Parenthood Center, the Gulf Coast Director of Research, Melissa Farrell, discusses selling entire aborted fetuses for profit,” a statement released by Patrick said.
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) August 5, 2015
“The people of Texas will not accept this callous attitude toward human life, and I will not accept it, and that’s why we asked the D-A to begin a criminal investigation,” Patrick said, according to KHOU.
In the group’s latest video, the fifth in a nine-part documentary style series, Farrell seemingly admits to two undercover reporters that fetuses may be removed fully intact and sold as a means of “diversifying the revenue stream” for the organization.
WARNING: The following video contains footage which some viewers may find disturbing.
Farrell appears to describe how fetuses that require further gestation may cost more because of “more opportunity for complication.”
“Sometimes the procedures are longer, so then anything that we piggyback onto that for collection purposes, obviously, would have to reflect that additional time, cost, administrative burden,” Farrell says in the video.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has voiced similar disgust at the contents of the group’s videos, last month ordering an expansion of the state’s investigation into the “grotesque revelations” after the release of their second video, which showed Mary Gatter, the Medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California, haggling the price of aborted fetal tissue.
PP Gulf Coast is “one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and has been selling fetal body parts to academic and private biotech clients for over a decade,” according to the Center for Medical Progress. It is located in a predominantly black and hispanic neighborhood.
The president of PP Gulf Coast contends the claims they’re mutilating babies pre-birth for à la carte or wholesale retail are “outrageous and completely false.”
“The footage released today doesn’t show Planned Parenthood staff engaged in any wrongdoing or agreeing to violate any legal or medical standards,” CEO Melaney Linton said.
Yesterday, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced they found three Planned Parenthood clinics performing second-trimester abortions without the proper licenses after an investigation was spurred by the videos.