Despite indictments, the Center for Medical Progress’s (CMP) David Daleiden has released another Planned Parenthood video. The “overlooked” footage was recorded last April.
CMP has accused the abortion mill of using accounting gimmicks to hide profits from selling the body parts of aborted babies.
According to Texas law, a person has broken the law if he or she knowingly or intentionally offers to buy or sell, or acquires, receives, sells or otherwise transfers human organs for valuable consideration.
Discussing fetal tissue sales with Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) research director Melissa Farrell said they “had two levels of invoicing for them. We had it worded as ‘per consent,’ because the consent process was the administrative part that we had to do. Then we had an overall ‘administrative fee’ for basically working it into the clinics themselves. And, at the time, ‘per consent’ fee was $25.”
Farrell explained that sometimes they can’t use the specimen, for whatever reason. Does this lead to accounting gimmicks? From CMP:
The system of accounting gimmicks and dual invoicing for “consent” payments in place of fetal specimens that Melissa Farrell describes in the video bears a striking resemblance to invoices submitted by Farrell on behalf of PPGC to the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2010 and 2011. In these documents, obtained through a Public Information Act request, two PPGC invoices for the exact same billing period charge $25 per “Consents obtained,” with a total quantity of 32, and in the same time period charges $150 per “Consent payment” for a smaller quantity of 25. This is consistent with a scheme where Planned Parenthood charged $25 to consent abortion patients to supply fetal tissue, and then charged another $150 for each usable fetal specimen that UTMB could procure.
“The evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast charged exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money in exchange for fetal specimens that it provided at nearly zero cost is overwhelming,” Daleiden said. “Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton need to send a strong message that Houston’s children are not for sale, and they must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to hold Planned Parenthood accountable to the law.”
The second biggest problem many pro-lifers (and probably some abortion advocates) have with Planned Parenthood is it receives our tax dollars. Abortion is legal but immoral, and people who want to protect unborn life certainly don’t want any part of their income, hard-earned or not, going to Planned Parenthood — not even to pay the light bill.