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Sessions: Senate Investigation of Planned Parenthood Trafficking in Fetal Tissue ‘Could Provide Basis for Charges’

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
November 15, 2017

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday about the possibility of charges in the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s alleged trafficking in unborn baby body parts after the FBI requested unredacted documents Monday that the Senate obtained from abortion providers. Sessions replied generally that if the findings of Congress were confirmed it “could provide a basis for charges.”

 

 

“If the FBI has requested what is now several thousand pages of testimony and findings the Senate has gathered through their investigation of Planned Parenthood,” Franks began “that may mean that they could be readying indictments against individuals who have committed the sale of these little body parts for profit.”

“Generally speaking, are findings made by any Senate investigation, any subsequent referral, sufficient evidence for the Justice Department to bring charges upon any party guilty of violating federal law?” Franks asked Sessions.

“It depends on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation,” Sessions said. “Verifying the findings of the Congress could provide a basis for charges.”

“I think that that’s an appropriate way for us to relate to one another,” he added.

“Well I hope the Justice Department obviously will take a very close look at the evidence that the Senate is providing to the FBI,” Franks replied.

The FBI’s request was reportedly made to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Committee’s chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to the FBI for investigation in December after a long investigation prompted by undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress that called into question the abortion providers’ compliance with laws against trafficking in fetal tissue.

Grassley wrote at the time that the Committee’s findings document “substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law. Moreover, that evidence is contained entirely in those entities’ own records, which were voluntarily provided to the Committee and are detailed in the report.”

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Letting Arkansas Block Medicaid Funding from Planned Parenthood

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
November 14, 2017

A federal appeals court upheld a three-judge panel’s ruling Monday that Arkansas can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request, brought by three Planned Parenthood Great Plains patients, to reconsider the August decision which vacated an injunction preventing Arkansas from stopping Medicaid payments to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) decided to end the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in 2015 following the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress which showed the abortion group’s alleged trafficking in unborn baby body parts.

“It is important for the state to have the clear authority to terminate Medicaid providers who act in unethical ways and in violation of state policy,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a statement. “The decision early on to terminate Planned Parenthood as a provider was the right decision, and I am delighted with the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in affirming the right of the State to take this action.”

Judd Deere, a spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, supported Monday’s ruling in a statement to Arkansas Online.

“Attorney General Rutledge is pleased with the court’s decision to deny the request for rehearing, which reaffirms that Planned Parenthood and the three patients it­ recruited could not contest in federal court Arkansas’s determination that a medical provider has engaged in misconduct that merits disqualification from the Medicaid program,” Deere said in an email.

Planned Parenthood will evaluate their options going forward, however, they could potentially appeal the decision to the Supreme Court as the court’s decision illustrates division among federal appellate courts on the issue. Seven other states have all been prevented by federal courts from cutting off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood, rulings that were upheld by the 5th, 7th and 9th circuit appeals courts.

“Planned Parenthood Great Plains is committed to ensuring all patients in Arkansas retain the right to choose their provider, no matter their socioeconomic status,” Planned Parenthood Great Plains President Aaron Samulcek said in a statement. “While we evaluate all of our legal options and next steps, PPGP will keep fighting for our patients in Little Rock and Fayetteville to have access to critical services.”

Judge rules against Planned Parenthood in Missouri lawsuit

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Associated Press
November 5, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A ruling by a federal judge means Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic will not be able to offer abortion pills in the near future.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Friday ruled against Planned Parenthood.

The organization was trying to stop enforcement of a new state regulation. The rule requires doctors who provide abortion pills to contract with an obstetrician-gynecologist with admitting privileges at a hospital. The OB-GYN must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to treat any complications.

While the judge questioned the need for the rule, she wrote in her order Planned Parenthood didn’t provide evidence it couldn’t comply.

The ruling means the state can enforce the regulation while Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against it plays out.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

CMP Releases New Video Highlighting Planned Parenthood’s HIPAA Violations

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
October 31, 2017

The Center for Medical Progress, under fire for their undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged trafficking in unborn baby parts, released a video Tuesday featuring the testimony of a former procurement technician for StemExpress, Holly O’Donnell, who was sent to Planned Parenthood to procure fetal tissue.

In the video, O’Donnell tells CMP’s David Daleiden that Planned Parenthood gave StemExpress access to their patients’ private medical information in order to fulfill procurement orders, a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (‘HIPAA’) privacy rule.

 

 

“At the beginning of the day, we would let them know what we were looking for,” O’Donnell tells Daleiden. “There was a lot of coordination.”

“We’d open up the Task Page, which, it shows you what the researchers want, how many specimens they want for that day or that week.” O’Donnell explains, citing the StemExpress Task Page, which CMP obtained a copy of, listing customer orders for fetal livers, brains, kidneys.

“It was like a grocery list of what to get for that day,” she explained.

“We’d go to the head nurse, let the nurses know, hey this is what I’m looking for today,” she said, revealing that Planned Parenthood nurses would then provide “a sheet of the appointments, which women were coming in, and it would tell you how many patients, what time they were coming in, their name, and if they knew how far along they were.”

“They would even let us look at the charts,” O’Donnell said. “They let us look at the physical charts outside of the room. I was even asked to write on the charts at one point.”

O’Donnell claims Planned Parenthood also gave StemExpress access to the clinics’ computer network to download patient schedules for the entire Planned Parenthood affiliate. The video shows emails from StemExpress management instructing procurement technicians: “EVERY Friday – please provide schedules for all the clinics you work in,” and, “All computers have access to other clinics.”

This testimony lines up with the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referral of StemExpress, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Planned Parenthood Northern California to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for five years of “systematic violations” of the HIPAA in their fetal tissue procurement program last year.

“The key to understanding the HIPAA and consent violations that we’ve referred to HHS is that there’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb,” they wrote to HHS at the time. “The contract changes the way both entities view the young woman: her baby is now a profit-center. This betrayal of a young woman’s trust should disgust us all. It takes financial advantage, obtains consent through coercion, and deceives the woman, all in violation of federal privacy laws.”

The House Panel on Infant Lives referred StemExpress and several Planned Parenthood affiliates to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for further investigation and criminal prosecution in December. The FBI confirmed that the criminal referrals have been sent to multiple field offices for action.

David Daleiden commented on the latest video, “Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Northern California together see approximately 300,000 patients each year. Over at least five years of operation, the StemExpress-Planned Parenthood scheme to sell baby body parts put the private health information of hundreds of thousands of pregnant women at risk.”

Planned Parenthood is Claiming It’s ‘Statistically Safer’ To Have An Abortion

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By Christine Rousselle
Townhall
October 31, 2017

In the spirit of Halloween, Planned Parenthood sent out a truly ghastly tweet: they claimed it’s “statistically safer” for a black woman in the United States to have an abortion than to actually give birth to a baby.

Planned Parenthood justified this by saying that over the last decade and a half, 108 women died during abortions. Conversely, many more black women died during childbirth.

This, of course, doesn’t take into account that for every abortion there’s (at least) one death: the baby or babies being aborted. For these very small unborn women, abortion is definitely not the “statistically safer” option. These stats also don’t consider the non-fatal complications of abortion, which include infection, infertility, and mental illness.

Plus, in places like New York City, more black babies are aborted each year than are born alive. How on earth is this “safer” than childbirth?

America does have an unusually high maternal mortality rate for a developed country, and this rate is especially pronounced among minority women. This is a problem that most certainly needs to be addressed, and some communities have seen great success in this regard. Plus, social systems should be improved to the point where having an abortion is unthinkable, and that pregnant women are able to parent and care for their babies. Obviously, these things will take time, but they are things that should be spoken about by people on all sides of the abortion debate.

But still, to say that it’s “statistically safer” for a black woman to have an abortion than to have a child is horribly misleading. Abortion is never “safer” for one of the lives involved.

Planned Parenthood Sues Missouri Over Abortion Pill Regulation

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
October 31, 2017

Planned Parenthood filed a second lawsuit Monday over Missouri law SB5 which requires a state-approved plan that includes access to a doctor with admitting privileges to a hospital in case there are complications after an abortion pill is administered.

The lawsuit comes after a judge dismissed Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit last week over another part of SB 5 that required the same physician to consult with a woman for an abortion three days prior to the procedure. The judge said the requirement did not present an “undue burden” to abortion access.

This lawsuit claims that the requirement to have a plan in case there are complications from the abortion pill “is the latest in a series of medically unnecessary requirements imposed by the State, which will, without basis, limit women’s access to an extremely safe procedure using medications alone.”

Planned Parenthood says the rule has already prevented it from doing medication abortions at its facility in Columbia, Missouri and also claims that complication rates for the abortion pill are low.

They filed the lawsuit in federal court, claiming the regulation violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Constitution.

“Enough is enough. We will not sit on the side of the sidelines while ideologues play regulatory games on the backs of Missouri women,” Planned Parenthood Great Plains Interim President Aaron Samuleck said of the provision. “The state’s treatment of Missouri women seeking sexual and reproductive health care is a disgrace and quickly turning into a national embarrassment.”

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley commented in a statement, “the Missouri Complications Plan Requirement for medication abortions is a commonsense regulation that ensures women have access to adequate care in medical emergencies. My office will continue to vigorously defend these regulations.”

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens commented last week on the slew of lawsuits the state has faced following passage of their new law regulating the state’s abortion clinics.

Christian Clients Win Exemption from Obamacare Mandate

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By Christine O’Brien
Townhall
October 31, 2017

A group of Christian ministries is freed from Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate after three long years of litigation. Living Ministries and several ministries of the Christian and Missionary Alliance have received relief from the U.S. Department of Justice and will no longer be forced to offer contraception coverage to employees.

The First Liberty Institute clients were granted relief from the Department of Justice a few weeks after President Trump announced he’d be scaling back the contraceptive mandate’s reach. While Obama did carve out exemptions for nonprofit religious groups, Trump’s new rule makes the exemptions much broader, allowing a reprieve to any employer who has “sincerely held religious beliefs” or “moral convictions,” including nonprofits, private firms and publicly traded companies.

The First Liberty clients explained to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in a letter why these changes were important in the fight for religious freedom.

“By basing the exemption upon the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the entity seeking the exemption, the draft interim final rule contemplates broad protections for the right of conscience—as opposed to religious status—consistent with the First Amendment and the laws governing conscience throughout the United States.”

“Our clients can now get back to serving others instead of defending themselves against the government’s attacks on their faith,” said Jeremy Dys, Deputy General Counsel for First Liberty Institute said in a statement Tuesday. “The Trump administration is right to let this be a decision between these ministries and the God they serve, rather than impose the government’s beliefs on these ministries.”

One of the most infamous cases to arise from the contraceptive mandate enforced by President Obama was the lawsuit waged by Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who serve the elderly poor. They sued the administration because they were being forced to violate their religious consciences. They won big at the Supreme Court in 2015, when the justices ruled their case should again be reviewed by the lower courts.

“The last three years of litigation could have been avoided entirely if the Obama administration had simply recognized that the First Amendment protects the rights conscience of these religious ministries against an administration intent on coercing their obedience,” Dys said. “We are grateful that the Trump administration has agreed to end this unnecessary and harmful assault on religious liberty.”

Planned Parenthood sues for second time over abortion law

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Associated Press
October 31, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Planned Parenthood is suing for a second time over Missouri’s new abortion law.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Kansas City concerns medication abortions, which involve a woman taking two pills. Planned Parenthood is seeking to block a part of the law, known as complication plan regulation, that requires those who provide the medication to contract with an obstetrician-gynecologist with admitting privileges at a hospital.

KCUR reports the law requires the OB-GYN to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat any complications from a medication abortion.

The lawsuit contends the regulation is medically unnecessary and is preventing Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Columbia from providing medication abortions.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said the regulation ensures women have access to adequate care in medical emergencies.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece: “Abortion Violates the Civil Rights of Unborn Children”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
October 20, 2017

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said today that she opposes abortion and believes it violates the civil rights of unborn children.

Alveda King is also taking the side of the Trump Administration in a battle with pro-abortion attorneys who are seeking to force the administration to facilitate an illegal immigrants abortion.

Yesterday, an appeals court has stopped a judge’s order issued the day before forcing the Trump Administration to facilitate an abortion for an illegal immigrant.

As LifeNews reported yesterday, a federal judge nominated by Barack Obama ordered the Trump Administration to allow an undocumented teenage girl in the state of Texas to have an abortion that could be funded partly at taxpayer expense. Judge Tanya Chutkan had ruled that the government must allow Jane Doe to get an abortion by Saturday to end the life of her 15-week-old unborn baby.

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington stayed Wednesday’s ruling in order to hold a hearing today on the merits of the case.

King says the government is right to protect the life of both mother and child.

“On October 19, 2017, a Judge orders the government to facilitate an abortion for a seventeen-year old illegal immigrant known as the “new Jane Roe;” with the ACLU representing the young mother. The Justice Department is seeking injunction to save life of baby. The shelter where the mother is housed has contacted a local pregnancy center and the grandmother of the baby to seek assistance for the mother and unborn child,” King explained.

The civil rights leader added: “Abortion is a civil wrong that violates the civil and human rights of unborn children; where is the lawyer for the baby?”

King said people need to remember the racial motivation behind the abortion industry that targets blacks and Latinos.

She explained: “Those in favor of the young mother having the abortion are proponents of an abortion agenda initiated by Margaret Sanger, a 20th century racist eugenicist who founded Planned Parenthood and is considered by some to be America’s “Mother of Abortion.” Sanger championed eugenics and racism in her day, going so far as be an advisor to the Klu-Klux-Klan, and to birth a Eugenics Movement which has resulted in the genocide of millions of blacks and other “undesirables.”

“In the 20th century we turned to Nonviolence as a key to this process. These principles of nonviolent conflict resolution and reconciliation are still helpful today: I learned these principles from my Uncle MLK, my father AD King, and grandfather Daddy King,” she concluded.

The Faces of the Democrat Party

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“Cowgirl” Frederica Wilson


“Fauxcahontas” Elizabeth Warren


“Mad Max” Maxine Waters


“Nincompoop Master Legislator” Nancy Pelosi

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October 22, 2017 at 15:50

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