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Planned Parenthood Investigations Are Coming Up Empty

| by Robert Fowler
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Costly investigations into whether or not Planned Parenthood engages in fetal tissue donations for profit have so far turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.

Investigations waged by the House and 12 states into Planned Parenthood were spurred by undercover videos taken and released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

Those videos have since been largely discredited, with key testimony revealed to have been coached by CMP and the overall footage heavily edited over the course of a year by CMP founder David Daleiden, according to Vox.

Both Daleiden and his colleague, Sandra Merritt, were indicted in January by the state of Texas for tampering with a government record and soliciting human organs. Those charges were dropped in July.

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“CMP is in a very strong position right now, and Planned Parenthood’s barbaric business practices have never been more exposed,” Daleiden told The Daily Beast.

Currently, none of the investigations into Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donations has turned up any evidence of illegal activity.

Following the CMP video release in July 2015, there have been four different Congressional committees established to investigate whether or not Planned Parenthood was selling off infant parts for profit. Additionally, 12 states have mounted investigations.

Only two of Planned Parenthood’s 700 clinics across the U.S. actually provide fetal tissue to research scientists: one is located in Washington state and the other in California.

The most costly investigation into Planned Parenthood has been the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s panel known as the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.

Currently, the panel’s cost has totaled $790,000 dollars and has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing. The panel’s budget has cut into nearly 80 percent of the House’s available $500,000 of supplemental funding, according to Rewire.

The panel’s ranking member, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, has blasted the appropriations of the House budget to fund the Planned Parenthood investigation.

“This has not been -- nor will it ever be -- a fact-based investigation,” Schakowsky said. “Instead the Panel is being run as a taxpayer-funded arm of anti-abortion groups, in pursuit of partisan, anti-science, and anti-health care agenda. Enough is enough.”

CMP is currently facing four civil lawsuits and a request by the California attorney general for their secret recordings. After inciting investigations that have cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $1 million, Daleiden has only had to spend $3,000 -- to bond himself out of jail in Texas.

Sources: The Daily Beast, Rewire, Vox / Photo credit: The All-Nite Images/Flickr

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