TESTIMONY OF MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
February 28, 2017
TESTIMONY OF MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
RE: Annual On-Site Abortion Clinic Inspections
The hearings held in Washington D.C. by Congress also produced information showing that Planned Parenthood did participate in unethical and illegal buying and selling of baby body parts.
The content of the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress was disturbing, to say the least, and they certainly suggest violations of the law on the part of Planned Parenthood and their baby body-part buyers. The fact that Planned Parenthood in these videos admitted to the following atrocious acts suggests illegal activity.
1. They are engaged in negotiating market value pricing for the baby body parts or the whole intact body where the law allows only the recovery of costs. Costs are set so the only purpose of negotiated pricing would be to increase profit on the sale which is illegal under federal statute and Section 188.036(5) RSMo.
2. Abortion procedures are altered from the norm in order to procure the requested organs intact which results in greater risk to the woman having the abortion and this is often done without the knowledge or consent of the woman in violation of Missouri’s informed consent statute Section 188.027 RSMo.
3. Planned Parenthood’s efforts to meet the research industries desire for intact whole baby bodies suggests that Planned Parenthood is engaged in performing illegal partial-birth abortions and is possibly engaged in infanticide which is murder in the second degree under Missouri law Section 188.035 RSMo.
With the pressure to obtain suitable fetal tissue for researchers, comes the pressure to deliver an intact and potentially living child. There is ample evidence that researchers support harvesting tissue from live born infants. Recorded comments made by employees of Planned Parenthood and tissue procurement employees raises justifiable concerns that infants are born alive after an induced abortion at Planned Parenthood and then killed to harvest their tissue.
Based on the conflicting testimony by the Pathology Lab Director last year (in the Missouri House Committee investigations) that receives some of the body parts of an aborted baby from Planned Parenthood and the fact that aborted babies from Missouri were found in Indianapolis, IN it is still unknown what happens with all the baby body parts from abortions in Missouri. The oversight of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been abysmal as it has failed to conduct consistent and regular physical inspections of the clinics over the years. Further, former Director of the Department Gail Vasterling, admitted to the Senate Sanctity of Life Committee and the interim Acting Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, Peter Lyskowski, admitted that the department does not know what is done with the baby bodies or body parts from abortions done by Planned Parenthood in Missouri even though the Department is supposed to receive a pathology report on each aborted baby. There is no accounting of the bodies of babies killed by abortion in Missouri. And, there are questions about the final disposal of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood baby body parts from abortions with the recent fines of a medical waste facility, MedAssure, located in Indianapolis, IN.
Abortion itself is repugnant to our society which is dedicated to “equal justice under the law.” When you add the selling and buying of these baby bodies and body parts for research it is even more unfathomable. We cannot have “equal justice” if some human individuals have the right to their lives and others do not. We cannot have a just society if some humans are violated and used for the benefit of others more powerful than they.
The idea that this would never happen in Missouri is preposterous given the testimonies given to the Senate Sanctity of Life Committee, the House Children and Families Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee last year and the video evidence of Planned Parenthood’s actions and the findings of the Congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood. The 471 page final report of the Congressional Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee can be found here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Select_Investigative_Panel_Final_Report.pdf
RE: Whistleblower Protection for Abortion Clinic Employees
Missouri Right to Life also supports changing the laws regarding disclosures by employees of facilities involved in the handling of fetal remains from an elective abortion. The bill requires each hospital, ambulatory surgical center, pathology lab, medical research entity, and disposal facility involved in such activities to establish and implement a written policy relating to the protections for employees who in good faith disclose facility mismanagement, fraudulent activity, or violations of applicable federal or state laws or administrative rules concerning abortions or the handling of fetal remains. Such policy must include a time frame for completion of investigations
Missouri Right to Life supports these issues on the Women’s Health Care Protection bill and urges passage of all components.