>> The Department of Justice is investigating Planned Parenthood. In a letter seen by Reuters sent on Wednesday, the Department sought documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by the organization. The investigation will likely revive the controversy over fetal tissue transfers, which was sparked by videos released by the anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress, in 2015.
The activist group said the video showed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating price for fetal tissues collected from abortions. However, Planned Parenthood called the videos heavily edited and misleading. And said 13 states that investigated the group's claims cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. In fact, California authorities criminally charged two anti-abortion activists.
Accusing them of filming Planned Parenthood workers without their consent when they made the videos. In the latest development, a DOJ official asked Senators Charles Grassley and Diane Feinstein, for unredacted documents held by a Senate committee relating to a 2016 report that examined fetal tissue transfers and Planned Parenthood's policies.
The letter does not name the group by name. Representatives for the DOJ and Planned Parenthood declined comment. However, an official with Planned Parenthood said in a statement last month, they had never profited from donated fetal tissue for use in medical research.