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IA lawmakers urge state to launch investigation into abortion providers

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Iowa may become the latest to join a growing list of states to launch investigations into Planned Parenthood. Today, more than 40 Republican legislators sent a letter to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, urging him to investigate the practices of Iowa abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood is not specifically named in the letter, rather “Iowa abortion providers” are mentioned in general. However, the letter follows the release of several recent incriminating videos involving Planned Parenthood, and mentions the related allegations.

In the letter the lawmakers state that they “were appalled by recent allegations that some abortion providers in the United States are:

  1. Contracting with companies to sell or transfer aborted human body parts and organs, and
  2. Actively deceiving their patients through federally mandated disclosure forms on what procedures are being used in order to more easily harvest aborted human body parts and organs.Contracting with companies to sell or transfer aborted human body parts and organs, and
  3. Actively deceiving their patients through federally mandated disclosure forms on what procedures are being used in order to more easily harvest aborted human body parts and organs.
  4. Intentionally neglecting to obtain consent from patients for tissue donation, thus harvesting fetal body parts and organs without the mothers’ knowledge and/or legal permission.”

The letter contains 10 detailed questions, including on how “abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof)” dispose of aborted fetus remains, and whether any of those remains are donated or sold for medical research.

The letter firmly states, “As it is the responsibility of the Department of Justice to ensure abortion providers in the State of Iowa are following applicable laws, we respectfully urge you to investigate current and planned abortion operations within Iowa to ensure compliance with the law.”

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