Texas authorities subpoena Planned Parenthood records

Agents from the Texas office of the inspector general raided the offices of  3 Planned Parenthood affiliates, seeking documents that may show the organization broke the law when selling fetal body parts.

The group called the raids "politically motivated." 


Texas, the most populous Republican-controlled U.S. state, said it would launch a probe of Planned Parenthood after the release of videos in July by anti-abortion activist group Center for Medical Progress in which a Planned Parenthood official is seen talking about transactions involving fetal tissue.

“We believe this is a fishing expedition," Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region Chief Executive Officer Ken Lambrecht told a news conference in Austin, calling the request "politically motivated."

Lambrecht said Texas had requested what Planned Parenthood sees as unnecessary information such as the home addresses of all its employees as well as their salaries and bonuses.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said this week: "The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed." But the state has so far released no evidence of illegal activity by the group.

Planned Parenthood, which has denied any wrongdoing, accused Abbott of grandstanding in launching the searches.

In a letter to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state this month, Texas health officials said all funding from Medicaid, the government healthcare program for the poor, was being cut because of what it characterized as program violations captured on the videos.

Arkansas and Louisiana, two neighboring states that have launched similar moves to cut state Medicaid funding, have been on the losing end of federal lawsuits, with judges blocking their attempts to halt funds.

Apparently, Planned Parenthood believes we should all sit down, shut up, and give them the money. They are above oversight, since they think they're carrying out a sacred mission to advance "women's health."

But given the evidence on the videos, it would be irresponsible for the state of Texas not to investigate. Planned Parenthood refuses to open its books and prove that the only money they are getting from the sale of fetal body parts is to reimburse "reasonable expenses." Not surprisingly, Texas authorities are interested in seeing how Planned Parenthood defines "reasonable."

The investigation is not "politically motivated" as any reasonable person can conclude the IG office is conducting legal oversight of an entity receiving taxpayer money. Only the arrogant managers at Planned Parenthood think they shouldn't be held accountable to the taxpayer for their actions.