Three congressional committee investigations found no basis in claims that Planned Parenthood, or other targeted entities, profited from fetal tissue donations. Nor did 13 states and a Texas grand jury.
Congressional Republicans investigating an illicit market in "baby body parts"—a fabrication of anti-choice activists—have referred Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to the Texas attorney general's office for allegedly profiting from fetal tissue donations.
News of the referral broke Thursday afternoon after David Daleiden, the architect of the deceptively edited Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos upon which the investigation rests, blogged about the referral on the anti-choice front group's website at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, according to metadata from the webpage.
Daleiden appeared to know about the referral before a member of the so-called Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives disclosed it to the public—par for the course given the allegedly close working relationship between CMP and the panel's chair, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
A spokesperson for Blackburn confirmed Daleiden's report, telling Rewire by phone that the panel referred Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to the Texas attorney general's office for allegedly violating both state and federal law with regards to profiting from fetal tissue donations.