Former U.S. prosecutor Brian Lennon told Congress Wednesday “there is proof without a reasonable doubt” abortion clinics and a procurement company illegally profited from the sale of aborted fetuses.
“I believe a competent and ethical prosecutor could determine probable cause that both the abortion clinic and the procurement business violated the statute, aided and abetted one another in violating the statute and likely conspired together to violate the statute,” Lennon testified before the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. “In fact for five or six elements in the subsequent defense, in my opinion, there is proof without a reasonable doubt.”His statement was based on his review of new exhibits compiled and released by the panel, which was created to investigate the fetal tissue industry in response to allegations Planned Parenthood violated fetal tissue laws banning profit from the exchange of fetuses.
Federal law bans profit from fetal tissue, but allows abortion clinics to receive “reasonable” compensation from procurement companies. Planned Parenthood has denied all allegations of profit, and says any payments it received fall under the “reasonable” compensation category.
Republicans on the panel released the exhibits along with a series of documents they say demonstrate the technicians from the procurement company do all the work of obtaining the fetuses, so any payment abortion clinics receive should be considered profit.
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