Select Panel to HHS: Planned Parenthood and StemExpress Broke the Law

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. — Two letters have been sent to the Department of Health and Human Services by the Select Panel on Infant Lives seeking further investigation and remedies for violations it uncovered in the course of its investigation into Planned Parenthood’s trade in aborted baby remains. The investigation was initiated after the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of aborted baby remains.

Committee Chairman Marsha Blackburn notified HHS officials that it had obtained evidence that for over a five-year period, two Planned Parenthood organizations and a third abortion facility violated HIPAA privacy laws by allowing employees of the organ procurement company StemExpress to access private patient records that clearly identified women by name and birth date.

The abortion businesses at issue are all located in California. They include:

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, based in San Jose.
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, based in Concord.
Family Planning Specialists Medical Group, based in Oakland.

Each patient record shared constitutes a separate violation of HIPAA, noted Blackburn.

Concerns were also expressed that coercion may have been involved in obtaining consents from vulnerable pregnant women for the donation of their aborted babies’ remains. Each StemExpress procurement technician received a bonus for every organ or other body part obtained. In addition, technicians were instructed to inform women that the remains would be used to cure various diseases, (for which, in some cases, researchers are not actually using fetal remains), as a means of persuading women to consent.

The second letter focused on evidence that StemExpress violated regulations by “fraudulently using invalid consent forms, and misleading customers to believe it had valid Institutional Review Board (‘IRB’) approval.”

“The so-called IRB used by StemExpress appeared to be phony as a three-dollar bill,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who served as a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress. “This gave Planned Parenthood and StemExpress’ body parts business an illusion of legitimacy that it did not possess.”

The Select Panel is asking the HHS to conduct additional investigation into these offenses and take “all appropriate actions” if it agrees violations occurred.

Nearly 80 pages of documentation accompanied the letters to support the Select Panel’s conclusions that Planned Parenthood and StemExpress broke the law.

“The Select Panel has provided irrefutable evidence that Planned Parenthood violated the privacy of patients and that StemExpress fraudulently portrayed its organ procurement as legitimate,” said Newman. “The Panel’s investigation confirms what the Center for Medical Progress videos showed; that this was nothing but a scheme to exploit women and their babies for financial gain,” said Newman.

Read Blackburn’s Letters:

Planned Parenthood HIPAA Violations
StemExpress’ IRB Regulation Violations

Congressional Subpoenas Show Investigation is Following the Fetal Tissue Money

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. — Subpoenas issued by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives were received earlier this week by Stem Express, University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that conducts abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

The subpoenas released by the Panel, which is a sub-committee of House Committee on Energy and Commerce, indicate that the investigation into the illegal sale of aborted baby remains is following the money trail.

Among a wide range of documents requested, all three entities are required to produce financial, banking, and accounting documents related to the “procurement, sale, donation, or distribution or shipment of fetal tissue.”

Profiting from the sale of fetal tissue is illegal.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who chairs the Panel, said in an interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream that the subpoenas were necessary because Stem Express, UNM, and Southwestern Women’s Options had been uncooperative with the investigation.

Blackburn indicated during the interview that after “multiple” conversations and e-mail exchanges with the Panel’s staff, the entities failed to produce the information that was sought.

“Sometimes they would send it, but they don’t send it in total. Or either, it is so heavily redacted that we don’t have the information that is pertinent to the investigation,” Blackburn explained.

“The three entities involved in the trade of aborted baby remains are obviously stonewalling the investigation. This is typical behavior from someone caught with their hands in the cookie jar,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who served as a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress.

Stem Express is a California organ procurement company that contracted with Planned Parenthood for fetal parts in exchange for “financial consideration.” They were featured in undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. Those videos launched the current Congressional investigation. Since the release of the shocking and incriminating videos, Stem Express has since severed ties to Planned Parenthood.

The University of New Mexico is a publicly funded university that has a close relationship with the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion clinic, which is owned by Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd. UNM conducts experimentation using human fetal tissue. UNM physicians also provide emergency medical care for Southwestern Women’s Options patients who suffer life-threatening medical emergencies that require hospitalization. SWO’s abortionists, Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson, are California residents who cannot qualify for hospital privileges of their own in New Mexico.

Southwestern Women’s Options is the largest third-trimester abortion clinic in the country and appears to have been a primary source of aborted baby remains for UNM. Patient abortion a consent form obtained by Bud and Tara Shaver of Protest ABQ contain a brief consent to “donate” fetal tissue for use in “research” buried deep in the form that women must sign before abortions can be done.

The Shaver’s have worked for years in Albuquerque to expose the connections between UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options and other abortion businesses and organizations.

“UNM has a mutual back-scratching relationship with the late-term abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options. UNM provides emergency hospital care when the abortionists botch a procedure and the abortion business provides UNM with all the fetal tissue they can use,” said Newman. “It’s not a deal with the devil — it’s a deal between two devils!”

Stem Express, UNM, and Southwestern Women’s Options had until 5:00 pm on February 17, 2016, to comply with the subpoenas. As of this writing, it is unknown whether there has been universal compliance.

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Southwestern Women’s Options Subpoena

Daleiden Appears in Court, Rejects Plea Deal, Demands an Apology While Supporters Demand that Charges are Dropped

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By DeAnn Flanagan

Houston, TX – Surrounded by a phalanx of attorneys and a crush of news reporters and cameramen, David Daleiden turned himself in to the Houston Courts on Thursday in response to the indictments handed down last week by a Harris County grand jury. Those indictments, one felony and one misdemeanor, were related to his undercover journalism work that exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal profit-taking from the sale of aborted baby organs.

Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger and the Christians Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney were in court in support of Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, as he reported to two different court rooms and posted bail in the amount of $3,000.

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Daleiden’s booking and court appearances was followed by a well-attended press conference led by Rev. Mahoney, which featured Daleiden, two of his attorneys, Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society and Operation Rescue’s Texas Attorney Briscoe Cain. Sullenger was also a featured speaker.

Daleiden’s attorneys acknowledged that he had been offered a deal by District Attorney Devon Anderson that included a “diversion program,” which would allow for a probationary period followed by a dismissal of all charges.

Daleiden’s attorneys noted at a brief press conference in the hallway outside one of the courtrooms that he had no plans to accept the deal.

“The only thing we will accept is an apology,” one attorney noted.

This sets up an interesting showdown between Anderson, a self-described “pro-life” Republican, and Daleiden’s defense, which could presumably use a trial to as a platform to air more evidence against Planned Parenthood and expose Anderson’s personal and political connections to an attorney who represented Douglas Karpen in 2013, who is the largest late-term abortionist in the Houston area.

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At the larger press conference outside the courthouse, Rev. Mahoney began by telling the media “Houston, we do have a problem.” He then went on to describe the injustice of charging citizen journalists who uncover and report crimes while letting the real perpetrators go free.

“We are standing in solidarity and say, ‘When you attack David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, you are attacking us and our community,'” said Rev. Mahoney. “Do not proceed with these unjust indictments.”

Sullenger addressed the need to reopen the Planned Parenthood investigation using an independent special prosecutor and also called for the reopening of a 2013 murder case against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen due to his attorney’s connections with Anderson.

After the press conference, Rev. Mahoney, Sullenger, and LifeSiteNews reporter Lisa Bourne presented to a representative of the District Attorney’s office petitions signed by 110,000 supporters asking Anderson to drop all charges against Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, who indicted with Daleiden and surrendered in Houston on Wednesday. The petitions were the first batch of those gathered by LifeSiteNews, which is still seeking additional signatures. (Sign the petition here.)

In addition, LifeNews.com is also asking for signatures on a similar petition, which has already gathered tens of thousands of signatures. (Sign the LifeNews petition here.)

Meanwhile, two civil suits continue against Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which were filed by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood, who are attempting to block the rest of the information collected by Daleiden from being released. Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who was a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress, is named in both federal suits.

Read about Texas invoices that further incriminate Planned Parenthood
Read about links between the District Attorney and lawyer for a late-term abortionist

Watch full video of new conference recorded by LifeSiteNews.

New CMP Video Details How Planned Parenthood Pads Invoices for Profit

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Houston, TX – The Center for Medical Progress has released a new video detailing how Planned Parenthood used bogus line-item entries to hide profits from the sale of aborted baby remains.

The video focuses on invoices obtained by Operation Rescue’s Texas attorney Briscoe Cain through Freedom of Information Act requests and connects the dots to Planned Parenthood’s duplicitous book-keeping scheme with clips from the CMP’s undercover investigation at the Houston Planned Parenthood, one of the largest volume late-term abortion facilities in the country.

“The invoices clearly show how Planned Parenthood padded invoices in such a way as to hide the fact they were making illegal profits,” said Operation Rescue Senior Vice President Cheryl Sullenger. “This is not only hard evidence that Planned Parenthood broke the law, but also shows that The Harris County grand jury indicted the wrong people.”

A Harris County Grand Jury recently indicted CMP leader David Daleiden and his associate, Susan Merritt, who conducted the on-site undercover sting in Houston. While the same grand jury is said to have “cleared” Planned Parenthood, Operation Rescue has uncovered evidence that bias in the office of District Attorney Devon Anderson tainted the process and turned the investigation against the whistleblowers who reported evidence of Planned Parenthood’s obvious criminal conduct.

Daleiden and Merritt will turn themselves in at the Harris County Courthouse on Thursday when a press conference by national leaders will present over 100,000 signatures calling on Anderson to drop the charges against Daleiden and Merritt.

A coalition of pro-life leaders, including Sullenger of Operation Rescue, plan to present over 100,000 signatures to Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson after a press conference also Thursday morning.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman served as a founding Board Member for the Center for Medical Progress. He, along with Daleiden and others, have been sued in a San Francisco Federal Court by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, who are attempting to use the courts to silence the evidence against them deflect public attention from their own wrongdoing.

“We call on District Attorney Devon Anderson to resign due to her inability to conduct her duties without bias,” said Sullenger. “We also call for all charges to be dropped against Daleiden and Merritt and for special prosecutors to reopen the Planned Parenthood and Karpen cases.”

Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen was accused by former employees of murdering babies who were born alive during late-term abortions, but was “cleared” by another Anderson grand jury in 2013. Karpen was represented by attorney Chip Lewis, who is a personal friend of Anderson’s and is her largest political donor, who recently indicated he has improper inside knowledge of both grand juries.

View the invoices
Watch the new CMP video.

Pro-life Coalition to Give 100K Signatures Backing Daleiden to Harris County District Attorney

Petition signers demanding DA drop charges against pro-life whistleblowers from the Center for Medical Progress

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Houston, TX, February 1, 2016: More than 100,000 people who signed a LifeSite petition backing David Daleiden will have their voices heard at the Harris County District Attorney’s office after a pro-life coalition’s press conference on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Central Time.

“Petition signers are urging District Attorney Anderson to reverse the miscarriage of justice that last week indicted two pro-life investigators and let Planned Parenthood walk scot-free,” said LifeSite Managing Editor John Jalsevac, who will speak at the press conference and deliver the petitions to Anderson’s office.

“This is no small issue. Planned Parenthood kills children and harms mothers every day, often illegally, yet they have not been held accountable for their violations of both law and human decency.”

Christian Defense Coalition president Reverend Patrick Mahoney likewise urged Anderson to reverse the grand jury’s indictment. “The tactics of David and Sandra are those used by journalists every day,” said Mahoney. “Yet rather than stop the destruction and exploitation of innocent human life, the grand jury targeted them for engaging in this most important of work — exposing those who profit from the violence of abortion and the diminishing of women.”

Petition signers have urged District Attorney Devon Anderson to override a grand jury’s indictment of Daleiden and his compatriot Sandra Merritt. The pro-life investigators were charged with offering to purchase fetal parts and using fake identifications as part of their work to expose Planned Parenthood’s use of illegal abortions to illegally profit off of the sales of fetal organs and other body parts.

Joining Jalsevac and Mahoney on Thursday will be Texas Right to Life and Operation Rescue, as well asvpossibly representatives of several Members of Congress and pro-life attorneys.

“While indictment is not indicative of guilt, we urge District Attorney Anderson to drop all charges against David and Sandra, and turn her attention to the lawbreakers of Planned Parenthood who commit injustices against unborn Texas children every day,” said Texas Right to Life Senior Legislative Associate Emily Horne.

Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger said that the indictment of Daleiden and Merritt should lead to Anderson’s resignation. “In light of this latest outrage, District Attorney Anderson must resign her position. Operation Rescue has uncovered information showing one of Anderson’s biggest donors is pro-abortion lawyer Chip Lewis, who represents a corrupt late-term abortionist,” said Sullenger. “A special investigator should also be appointed to once again investigate Planned Parenthood, which we now know from evidence uncovered by Operation Rescue is unquestionably making illegal profits from the sale of fetal baby parts.”

Key details:

Address: Harris County District Attorney’s office — 1201 Franklin Street, Houston, TX

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. Central Time

Purpose: Urge District Attorney Devon Anderson to drop charges against pro-life activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt — and reopen an investigation into Planned Parenthood


Confirmed speakers:
LifeSite Managing Editor John Jalsevac, Christian Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Texas Right to Life Senior Legislative Associate Emily Horne, and Operation Rescue Senior Vice President Cheryl Sullenger

Possible speakers: Pro-life attorneys, Pastors, and representatives for Members of Congress