A Missouri investigation that began after a heavily edited, misleading video of a Planned Parenthood director discussing fetal tissue donation surfaced in July has finally reached its conclusion. And the verdict is: No, Planned Parenthood is not, in fact, selling or mishandling aborted fetal body parts in any way.
During our investigation, we reviewed more than 3,500 pages of documents and conducted multiple interviews of representatives of [Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLR)] and its pathology laboratory.... For that month, our investigation traced the fetal organs and tissue removed during surgical abortions performed by PPSLR from the surgery to the statutory pathological examination, to their ultimate destruction.
As a result of our investigation, the Office of the Missouri Attorney General has found no evidence that PPSLR has engaged in unlawful disposal of fetal organs or tissue.
In the video in question, Planned Parenthood officials appear to be to speaking casually about selling aborted fetal tissue for financial gain. But the Attorney General’s report found nothing other than the seven dollar fee per specimen that Planned Parenthood pays to Pathology Services and the flat $570 monthly fee that the lab also pays for disposal services.
But at the very least, it’s a moral and necessary boost in the fight to keep a vital medical facility up and running for as long we possibly can.