Missouri’s Democratic attorney general says an investigation by his office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is selling fetal tissue from abortions.
“The evidence reviewed by my investigators supports Planned Parenthood’s representation that fetal tissue is handled in accordance with Missouri law”, Koster said in a news release.
Koster’s office examined documents from 317 separate abortions, he said.
In the first two Republican presidential debates, the candidates slugged it out over who hated Planned Parenthood the most. Though the videos purported to show Planned Parenthood employees engaging in a range of inappropriate behaviors, every impartial investigation since then has cleared the group of any wrongdoing. It also bars providers from inducing someone to have an abortion to provide the tissue or altering the procedure in any way to harvest fetal tissue, which is used for a variety of medical research.
And as early as July, Cruz raised the battle cry for Congress to do everything it could to defund Planned Parenthood – even if that meant holding up other critical government spending and shutting the government down.
In lifting sanctions Friday against the Greenville Women’s Clinic, the agency noted Planned Parenthood had not yet submitted plans.
The legislation also would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving certain state funds aimed at family planning, pregnancy prevention or similar programs.
Koster findings didn’t appear to quell outrage by anti-abortion activists in Missouri, where the Republican-dominated Legislature enacted one of the nation’s longest abortion-waiting periods past year. Lee said the report only shows that the clinic completed paperwork, but doesn’t independently confirm its accuracy.