The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is investigating Planned Parenthood and tissue company StemExpress in the wake of the Center for Medical Progress’s (CMP) undercover video sting that revealed the sale of aborted-baby body parts.
The panel has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine whether the company broke federal law.
From the panel (emphases added):
The Select Panel’s investigation also shows that StemExpress violated federal regulations governing Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) by using the appearance of compliance with the regulations, while fraudulently using invalid consent forms, and misleading scientific researchers to believe it had a valid IRB approval.
“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,” Chairman Blackburn said. “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.”
Abortion advocates want to stop the investigation.
CMP’s David Daleiden and other operatives posed as fetal tissue buyers in Planned Parenthood clinics. After CMP began releasing the videos, StemExpress severed its relationship with the abortion mill.
A former StemExpress employee, Holly O’Donnell, revealed the horror behind that business relationship.
As a result of Daleiden’s secretly recorded videos, a Texas grand jury indicted him for offering to buy aborted-baby tissue, which he actually wasn’t, and for using a fake ID.