Planned Parenthood quietly drops a bombshell on day of Democratic debate

If you scan news sites this morning, you'll see that they contain nothing but wall-to-wall coverage of the Democratic debate from last night.

But Planned Parenthood dropped a bombshell of their own yesterday when Cecile Richards, president of the group, announced that they would no longer accept cash for body parts from aborted fetuses.

Washington Times:

After having spent months saying that its officials were doing nothing unethical in undercover videos showing them haggling over the price for aborted fetal organs, Planned Parenthood’s leader said Tuesday the group will no longer accept any payment for the parts.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the new policy an effort to end the scandal over what she has called edited and misleading videos.

But there was no sign she would succeed as Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill said their investigations would go on and continued to denounce the practice of harvesting aborted fetal tissue as barbaric, whether done for profit or not.

“Our Federation has decided, going forward, that any Planned Parenthood health center that is involved in donating tissue after an abortion for medical research will follow the model already in place” at one affiliate, in which “no reimbursement for its reasonable expenses” is accepted, Ms. Richards said in a letter dated Tuesday to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

The letter was also sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

A 1993 federal law permits women to donate aborted fetuses for use in scientific research, but only allows abortion providers to recover the reasonable costs of running such programs.

Some of the undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showed Planned Parenthood officials saying those fees can be manipulated and negotiated, with one joking that she needed to buy a Lamborghini sports car.

Leaders of three House committees promptly issued statements saying their investigations into Planned Parenthood would continue and that the new policy does not touch the core moral issue.

“While Planned Parenthood has stated its intention to end its practice of accepting reimbursements for fetal tissue donation, it has not stated its commitment to end its horrific practice of harvesting fetal tissue,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican.

In effect, Planned Parenthood is admitting its guilt in selling fetal body parts for more than what would be considered the recovery of "reasonable expenses."  This validates the Center for Medical Progress videos and shows that the organization's top management has been telling lies about its practices.

Of course, the Justice Department had no plans to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood's illegal practices, so no one is going to jail because of their barbaric actions.  But Congress should take note of this change in policy and look to punish the group for its lies and efforts to mislead.

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