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Committee Finds No Evidence to Support Allegations Against Planned Parenthood

Sep 9, 2015
Press Release
As Part of Ongoing Investigation, Committee Releases Memo Discrediting Unsubstantiated, Partisan Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Democratic staff released an in-depth memo discrediting claims that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) allegedly sold fetal tissue to tissue procurement organizations (TPOs) for profit.  The memo, based on information obtained from the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the matter, makes clear that the Committee has found no evidence substantiating these claims thus far. 

“Over the last month, we have carefully reviewed the facts at hand and the materials provided to us as a result of the majority’s inquiry,” said full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO).  “Despite the incendiary rhetoric, we have looked strictly at the facts.  We are continuing to do our due diligence, but we have found these claims to be unsubstantiated.  Instead, these attacks appear to be part of a coordinated campaign on the part of the Center for Medical Progress and others, to simply discredit Planned Parenthood and undermine a woman’s legal right to safe reproductive health care.”

The Committee has received briefings, documents, and written responses in response to Chairman Upton’s original inquiry this July into Planned Parenthood’s practices.  The review has also included briefings by Planned Parenthood officials and representatives from StemExpress, Novogenix Laboratories, and Advanced Bioscience Resources—three TPOs that have worked with Planned Parenthood affiliates. 

***Read the full memo here***