The Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28) has called for an investigation of Planned Parenthood stemming from recent video footage showing a Planned Parenthood doctor appearing to be negotiating prices for intact fetal tissue.

In a recent video statement, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, said an organization that opposes safe and legal abortion used secretly recorded and edited videos to “make outrageous claims about a program that helps women donate fetal tissue for medical research.”

Richards further defended that Planned Parenthood does not profit from fetal tissue donations and does not profit from tissue donation in any way. In some cases, costs to transport tissue heading to research centers is reimbursed, but that is typical practice in all medical fields. 

“Our donation programs, like any other high-quality health care providers, follow all laws and ethical guidelines,” Richards said in her statement. “Over our 100-year history, we have continually engaged leading medical experts to shape our practices, policies and high standards and always will.”

According to Prolife Union of Delaware County President Ted Meehan, Planned Parenthood has been caught doing something wrong, and they kept changing their statements every time they defended themselves.

“I don’t think they have any idea what their endgame will be,” Meehan said.

A number of states and governments, Meehan said, have called for investigations against Planned Parenthood. He claims the agency performs late term abortions not to enhance the safety of the mother, but to harvest and sell organs.

Turzai wrote a letter to Attorney General Kathleen Kane asking that she investigate Planned Parenthood if they are profiting from donated tissue and organs.

The speaker wrote, “Investigations have recently been initiated in other states in order to ensure that the actions of Planned Parenthood are not in violation of the well-established law.”

This law, Turzai said, is the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act that prohibits clinics from financially profiting from the procurement of fetal tissue or organs.

“If this was simply tissue, there wouldn’t be this horrific outcry over it,” Meehan said. “It’s a terrible stain on our civilization.”

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