With a fourth House hearing on Planned Parenthood and its sale of aborted baby body parts taking place in Congress today, a conservative web site looking further into the scandal claims the Obama administration apparently is not conducting any oversight related to the abortion business’ obtaining and selling body parts of aborted babies.
The Obama administration has steadfastly defended Planned Parenthood and its taxpayer funding throughout the scandal exposing its sales of aborted babies and their body parts for research. In addition, the Obama administration has expanded federal funding for such research.
The federal government spent $19 million on research involving the body parts of aborted babies in 1999 at the end of the Clinton administration. Now, President Barack Obama has expanded that figure and the Obama administration currently spends $77 million in taxpayer funds to promote such research with aborted baby body parts via NIH, the National Institutes of Health.
The Obama administration has already been exposed as partnering with the middlemen who purchase aborted babies and their body parts from Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. According to the report in Politico, one of the biotech firms mentioned in the undercover videos identified as a fetal tissue supplier Planned Parenthood sold aborted babies to earned at least $300,000 from federal governmental agencies after selling fetal tissue to them. Officials say they are unsure if the specific fetal tissue sold to the Obama administration came from babies aborted at Planned Parenthood.
Now, new reports claim the Obama administration is not exercising proper oversight over Planned Parenthood’s body parts business because it is receiving federal funds.
As a report in The Stream indicates: “Under the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should be performing audits on Planned Parenthood, since Planned Parenthood is involved in research on aborted fetuses and HHS is supporting its work with funding. Specifically, according to HHS’s own documents, ‘Section 498A of the Public Health Service Act [42 USC 289g-1] requires the annual submission to Congress of a report describing research involving therapeutic transplantation of human fetal tissue supported or conducted by the NIH.’”
But reporter Rachel Alexander indicates the Obama administration is not doing that and she points to redacted emails the news web site received under a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as proof:
Despite the terms of Section 498A of the Public Health Service Act, the audits are apparently not taking place.
The Stream filed its FOIA request with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of HHS in July, asking for documents and emails related to Planned Parenthood and the audits. OHRP is in charge of overseeing any research done on human fetuses. HHS initially responded partially on August 24, the deadline, saying they had no documents fitting the description of the public records that The Stream had requested. HHS did say that it would provide the requested emails after redacting them (more on those below).
Ultimately, the only documents turned over were the redacted emails and several letters from HHS to Congress stating that the National Institute of Health (another part of HHS) had no required reports to give Congress about research on transplanting human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes because NIH hadn’t been involved with any such work. The letter stated that fiscal year 2007 was the last year HHS provided funding for that type of research. After that, “The NIH did not provide any financial support for human fetal tissue transplantation research.”
If this is accurate, what about all the harvesting of fetal body parts that Planned Parenthood itself categorizes as research? HHS provides Planned Parenthood with the majority of its federal funding, and has continued to do so up to the present.
Moreover, much of the emails The Stream obtained showed frantic HHS workers apparently trying to provide political cover for Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration.
HHS released 190 pages of emails to The Stream, but these were heavily redacted. Most of the emails appear to be internal discussions about how to respond to reporters’ questions about Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue and responses to reporters — essentially coordinated talking points for damage control within various divisions of HHS and even within the FDA. Questions where the answers were redacted include, “Does the NIH believe doctors violated federal law by performing procedures in a way that preserved specific body parts?” and “Does the NIH believe the NIH or funded researchers violated federal law by their involvement with Planned Parenthood or StemExpress?”
In a few of the email responses that were not redacted, HHS confirmed that its NIH division is funding fetal research. Reporters had asked for confirmation of Senator Ted Cruz’s estimate that NIH funded $76 million in 2014 to study the therapeutic use of fetal tissue, and whether HHS would comply with his requests for information. A frantic stream of emails ensued within HHS, and an HHS employee responded stating that fetal stem cell research was mostly separate from embryonic stem cell research, costing $76 million versus $166 million for embryonic research.
Members of Congress have noticed that the Obama administration is abandoning its duty to engage in oversight.
Some 35 senators this week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson calling for a full audit of all fetal research supported by HHS to determine whether there have been violations of the law and how the agency verifies compliance. Originally stemming from videos showcasing the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s potential violations of federal law, the audit would specifically examine the Department’s oversight of contractor and grantee compliance with laws governing fetal tissue research. The letter was led by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
In July, Senator Bob Portman of Ohio joined 49 of his Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell immediately following the release of footage from the Center for Medical Progress depicting Planned Parenthood executives discussing – in graphic detail – the organization’s involvement in the harvesting and sale of the organs of aborted babies. In the letter, the senators asked HHS to conduct an internal review of the compliance of both HHS and their grantee, Planned Parenthood, with all applicable federal laws, including those prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue for profit.
“The response received from Sec. Burwell in August was unacceptable and makes clear that a thorough internal investigation of compliance was not conducted,” Portman said.
The HHS stonewalling is not surprising given that the Obama administration is working hand-in-hand with Planned Parenthood and biotech firms to finance sales of aborted babies.
According to the Politico report, the National Institutes of Health has paid Advanced Bioscience Resources $257,000 since 2009 and spent $53,000 on fetal tissue from aborted babies. The babies victimized by abortions were between 17 and 22 weeks old at the time they were aborted.
Meanwhile, FDA officials confirmed the Obama administration agency paid approximately $73,000 to the biotech company since 2009 for body parts from aborted babies, including livers and thymuses. The Politico report indicates ABR charged the Obama administration $340 for a 17- to 22-week human fetal thymus, $340 for a 17- to 22-week human fetal liver, $325 for a maternal blood test — in addition to shipping costs.
The purchases make it more understandable why the Obama administration has refused to investigate or de-funding Planned Parenthood and why the Obama administration has steadfastly defended Planned Parenthood against attempts by states to yank its taxpayer funding.
Read more: Life News
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