Accomplishments: Select Panel Made Nine Criminal Referrals for Aborted Baby Parts Trafficking

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – The House Select Panel on Infant Lives has released a list of nine criminal and regulatory referrals against abortion providers and/or fetal tissue procurement companies made as a result of their investigation into the illegal practice of selling aborted baby remains for profit.

The Select Panel was created in October 2015, in response to undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that showed Planned Parenthood officials haggling to achieve the highest price for aborted baby tissue and organs that were to be provided to a middle-man organ procurement business.

“Rep. Marsha Blackburn has done an outstanding job chairing the Select Investigative Panel in the midst of vicious opposition from those involved with the Abortion Cartel,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who also served as a Founding Board Member for the Center for Medical Progress during its undercover journalistic study of the trafficking of aborted baby remains.

In addition to the nine criminal and regulatory referrals, the Select Investigative Panel has issued 41 subpoenas – not all of which have been met with full compliance. At least two providers, LeRoy Carhart and Warren Hern, who conduct abortions through all nine months of pregnancy received subpoenas but have not yet fully complied.

According to a fact sheet released by the Select Panel, the nine criminal and regulatory referrals include:

1. The University of New Mexico was found to have violated their state’s Anatomical Gift Act by receiving tissue from a late-term abortion facility, Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, NM. The matter was referred to the New Mexico Attorney General for further investigation and prosecution.

2. After conducting a forensic analysis of the limited financial data submitted by StemExpress, the Select Panel found that it was violating federal law by profiting from the sale of aborted baby remains. Referrals were sent to the El Dorado, CA District Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice.

3. The Panel’s investigation revealed that StemExpress and “certain abortion clinics” were violating patient privacy rights under HIPAA for financial gain. A referral was made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

4. It was discovered that an abortion facility in Arkansas violated the law by selling aborted baby remains to StemExpress for profit. A referral was made to the Arkansas District Attorney.

5. The Panel uncovered evidence that a university in Ohio was violating state law by trafficking in aborted baby remains. An oral referral was made to the Ohio Attorney General.

6. DV Biologics, a tissue procurement company, was found to have been illegally trafficking aborted baby remains for profit and had failed to collect California sales taxes. The Orange County District Attorney has sued and the Select Panel made a supplemental referral. (Operation Rescue uncovered a quid pro quo relationship between the owners of DV Biologics and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who granted special favors to them.)

7. It was discovered that Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast broke the law when it sold aborted baby remains for profit to the University of Texas. Operation Rescue’s Texas attorney, Briscoe Cain, received evidence of this illegal conduct through a FOIA request and referred the evidence on to investigators. The Select Panel referred the case to the Texas Attorney General.

8. Advanced Bioscience Resources was found to have profited from the sale of aborted baby remains to “various universities.” A referral was made to the Riverside, CA District Attorney.

9. The Panel’s investigation discovered that Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, violated the federal and state law though their relationship with StemExpress, which allowed it to illegally profit from the sale of aborted baby remains. The matter was referred to the Florida Attorney General.

“The Select Panel’s investigation has been worth every dime of money it has spent pursuing the truth. It has caused the break-up of several illegal aborted baby tissue trafficking schemes and launched investigations around the country,” said Newman. “We very much appreciate their work and continue to look forward to the final results of this investigation that is sure to provide even more criminal referrals for prosecution before its work concludes at the end of the year.”

Note: This article has been updated to omit information about a floor debate that has concluded favorably.

Pro-Life Priorities: What We Expect from Mr. Trump’s Presidency

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Washington, DC – With Donald J. Trump now our President-elect, and both houses of Congress firmly in the hands of pro-life Republicans, Americans who are opposed to abortion now have hope that real progress can be made in the struggle to protect innocent lives from the brutality of abortion death.

“Operation Rescue has named our five top priorities for the next Congress and the new Trump Administration,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “During the election, promises were made to pro-life/pro-family groups, and after Inauguration Day, it will be time to make those promises a reality. We can accept no excuse for failure.”

1. Make conservative, pro-life nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The promise that Mr. Trump would appoint a pro-life justice to replace Antonin Scalia was one of the strongest promises made. Fulfilling this promise must be among the Administration’s top priorities. Without solid justices that will uphold the Constitutional right to life, all other pro-life actions become subject to reversal.

2. Defund and prosecute Planned Parenthood.
The majority of the American people oppose tax-funding for Planned Parenthood as long as it is in the abortion business. Money that now helps Planned Parenthood market abortions to vulnerable women should instead be reallocated to legitimate health care clinics so no one goes without the care they need.

It must be a high priority to prosecute Planned Parenthood for the hundreds of alleged crimes related to the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains, and for over-billing government funds for prescriptions and services. A strong message must be sent that abortionists are not above the law.

3. Pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
This would ensure that babies at 20 weeks gestation and older have legal protections and cannot be aborted. This will end the savagery of poisoning and dismembering pre-born babies that are capable feeling pain.

4. Repeal Obamacare and its Abortion Mandate.
Obamacare has been a disaster for the American people in general and for those of faith in particular, who have been forced to pay for abortion and birth control in violation of their religious liberties. There are ways to improve health care for Americans that do not involve paying for abortion and other services that violate the deeply held religious convictions of millions of Americans.

5. Extend the Select Panel on Infant Lives into the next Congressional session.
It is important to continue the Select Panel’s investigation into illegal abortion practices and trafficking in baby body parts, which is set to conclude at the end of the year, because of delay tactics that have left subpoenas unanswered. At the very least, any recommendations made by the Panel to state attorneys general or the Department of Justice should be respected and crimes prosecuted.

This is not an exhaustive list of everything that could be done, but it is a start.

“It is our hope that the table can be set within the next four years for the complete abolition of abortion,” said Newman. “That is our ultimate goal, and for the first time since Roe v. Wade, it is now possible to achieve it.”

We Stand Ready to Assist Attorney General-Designate Sessions in Prosecuting Planned Parenthood

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PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC – Today, it was announced that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, and his staff congratulate Sen. Sessions on this important appointment.

“We could not be happier about the selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General,” said Newman. “I have worked on projects with Sen. Sessions in the past and know him to be an experienced prosecutor and a principled pro-life advocate with a reputation for honesty.”

Operation Rescue stands ready to assist the new Attorney General with any potential prosecutions of Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses for a multitude of felonies committed over the past several years under the protection of the Obama Administration.

Those crimes include:

• Illegal profiteering from the sale of aborted baby remains.
• HIPAA violations.
• Fraudulent over-billing of Medicaid and other government programs.
• Covering up sex abuse perpetrated by abortion clinic staff.

“Planned Parenthood’s days of running amok over the laws of the land are nearly over,” said Newman. “A new sheriff is coming to town and the era of old corrupt politicians who have shielded Planned Parenthood from the consequences of their illegal behavior is about to come to an end. Our message to Planned Parenthood today is: You are no longer above the law.”