Congressman Smith Calls for DOJ Investigation into Planned Parenthood

This week I joined Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and 132 other House Republicans in calling for an immediate DOJ investigation of Planned Parenthood practices revealed in a series of disturbing videos.

The letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch reads: “The harvesting of human fetal body parts for sale is an activity which shocks the conscience. Moreover, the tragic ethical considerations, potential for criminal violations, and involvement of taxpayer subsidies raise issues of great public importance. As a result, we request the Department of Justice to conduct an immediate investigation into the practices of PPFA regarding the sale of fetal body parts.”

Videos of Planned Parenthood executives that surfaced earlier this month raised questions of whether the tax-exempt group has been engaging in illegal activity: trafficking fetal body parts, and performing abortion procedures similar to outlawed partial-birth abortions in order to harvest organs.

I recently condemned the “gruesome practices” and have supported House efforts to investigate the organization. As a long-time opponent of federal funding being used for abortions, I recently supported two bills introduced by Representative Diane Black (R-Tenn.). H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act would prohibit federal family planning assistance from going to any entity that performs abortions. H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act would immediately halt all federal funding for Planned Parenthood while Congress carries out its investigation.

I have received recognition from the National Right to Life for his 100 percent pro-life voting record and recent support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban all abortions after 20 weeks.


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