House Republicans pen letter of support for Planned Parenthood investigations

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis

House Speaker Brian Bosma is just one of 59 House Republican Caucus members who sent a letter of support to Gov. Mike Pence amidst the call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities.

The letter reads, in part, “We are writing to express our concerns regarding the recent revelations surrounding the sale of fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood and to share our support for the pending investigation into the abortion practices of Planned Parenthood within Indiana to ensure these crimes are not being committed within our state.”

The letter comes just a day after Gov. Mike Pence ordered the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate Planned Parenthood clinics. Pence’s call to action was motivated by the release of a controversial video by anti-abortion activists who say it shows Planned Parenthood’s Deborah Nucatola trying to profit by selling remains to medical researchers.

Under federal and state law, the buying or selling of human body parts is a felony.

The hidden-camera video was filmed in California. National Planned Parenthood officials have said they don’t profit from tissue sales and that tissue donation for medical research is legal.

“There have been many legitimate accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood…,” the letter read in part. “It is our desire that there are no similar cases in our state, but we hope the Department of Health and the Attorney General’s office will take any action necessary to stop the practice should the investigation discover any.”

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