Department of Justice Begins Investigation Into Sale of Fetal Remains

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) to turn over redacted files relating to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation of Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal remains. The Senate Judiciary Committee conducted an investigation after undercover videos were published showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing harvesting fetal remains from aborted fetuses for tissue procurement companies.

In December 2016, Grassley referred the matter to the DOJ and to the FBI for further investigation, having found that three biotech companies paid Planned Parenthood to acquire aborted fetuses, and “then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.”

There is no specific timeline in place for the DOJ’s investigation, and it isn’t clear what further steps they will take, but the request for the redacted files is a good first step. Stay tuned as we gather more information about this ongoing investigation.