A special congressional panel has referred the University of New Mexico and an abortion business nearby for criminal investigation and possible charges following a review triggered by last year’s release of undercover videos investigating Planned Parenthood’s baby body-parts trade.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., chairwoman of the House Select Investigative Panel assigned to investigate abortion providers’ medical practices, on Thursday wrote to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Baldera Jr.
The document, nearly 300 pages long, includes evidence the panel discovered regarding the body-parts trade and more involving the school and the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion business located less than a mile away.
The evidence suggests, according to Blackburn’s letter, there were “transfers of value to SWWO from UNM” in the context of “aggressive abortion advocacy.” And the congressional panel is asking for “swift attention to the serious and systematic violations of law committed by the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options.”
For example, the letter explained, the panel’s evidence reveals “that the transfer of fetal tissue from SWWO to UNM for research purposes is a systematic violation of New Mexico’s Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
“These violations occurred as UNM personnel procured fetal tissue from patients at SWWO for research by UNM entities.”
The report calls for the state investigation, because the abortionists are citing the state’s Spradling law as authorization for the donation of fetal tissue. But that law actually bans the donation of aborted infants.
“All anatomical gifts made in New Mexico must comply with the Spradling Act, and the Act prohibits the provision of aborted infants and their parts as anatomical gifts. Based on the information obtained and reviewed … SWWO’s provision of tissue from aborted infants, and reception and use of the tissue by UNMHSC, arguably violates the Spradling Act,” the investigation found.
WND reported when Blackburn asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an investigation into body-parts transactions that appear to have violated federal privacy law.
“The panel’s investigation has uncovered information indicating that StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (‘PPMM’), Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific (‘PPSP’), and Family Planning Specialists Medical Group (‘FPS’) (hereinafter ‘the abortion clinics’) committed systematic violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (‘HIPAA’) privacy rule from about 2010 to 2015,” she wrote to federal regulators.
“These violations occurred when the abortion clinics disclosed patients’ individually identifiable health information to StemExpress to facilitate the “TPB’s efforts to procure human fetal tissue for resale.”
Her letter was sent to Jocelyn Samuels of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well the HHS Office for Human Research Protections.
The investigation followed a series of revelations from undercover videos in 2015 released by the Center for Medical Progress. The videos revealed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating for the highest prices they could get for the body parts of dead babies.
Companies that buy those parts and resell them at a profit to researchers also were caught in the undercover videos.
The letters from Blackburn explained how evidence obtained by her committee showed workers from StemExpress were allowed to get individually identifiable health information and protected health information about women seeking abortions at Planned Parenthood businesses, even though by law they should not have been given access.
“The work sequence, when combined with supporting documentation, reveals that StemExpress did not have a medically valid reason to see, and the abortion clinics did not have a reason to provide, patients’ PHI. Instead, the abortion clinics shared patients’ PHI with StemExpress in furtherance of contractual agreements that financially benefitted StemExpress and the clinics,” she wrote.
The new letter to the New Mexico attorney general drew an immediate reaction from Operation Rescue, whose president, Troy Newman, is on the board of the Center for Medical Progress.
“This recommendation of criminal charges against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options is the fruit of years of research and hard work done by a tenacious community of pro-life activists,” he said. “Seeing the fruit of that labor makes this a great day for us. All that’s left now is for law enforcement to read them their rights and take them away!”
OR reports it worked extensively in New Mexico with activists Bud and Tara Shaver of ProtestABQ to expose and oppose Southwestern Women’s Options, which is the “largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S., committing abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.”
Blackburn’s committee now has noted the “symbiotic relationship” between the school and the abortion business, in which the school provided benefits of value to the abortion business, which was supplying fetal tissue for its research work.
“It was Tara Shaver that first uncovered SWWO’s participation in supplying aborted baby tissue after she obtained an abortion consent form that buried brief tissue consent language near the bottom of a wordy form that required a patient signature before abortions could be performed,” OR explained. “This raised questions about whether women actually understood that their aborted baby’s remains would be used for ‘research.’ That consent form was modified after Shaver made the initial, illegal form public.”
Newman said: “We hope that this very heavily documented recommendation from the House Select Panel will persuade Attorney General Banderas to act to enforce New Mexico laws and stop the illegal exploitation of aborted babies for ‘valuable consideration.’ “We also hope that he will put an end to UNM’s practice of using taxpayer funds as well as UNM students to push their political agenda of abortion expansion upon an unwilling community.”
The congressional panel explained how an “outside abortion advocacy foundation” paid money to UNM to “promote the expansion of abortion.”
Blackburn’s document also revealed that there were contracts calling for UNM to staff the abortion business which lack evidence they were reviewed by the university lawyer, or signed by one of those eligible to confirm contracts.
The most recent contract, she noted, was abruptly canceled after the videos were released and investigations were begun by the state legislature, the New Mexico Alliance for Life and a newspaper.
“It is difficult to dispute that the timing of UNM’s decision was related to the various investigations. Although UNM officials denied that the investigations prompted the program termination and disputed that SWWO had benefited from the program, the … agreement explicitly stated that its ‘major goal’ was of benefit to SWWO – namely, to ‘give additional volume of 2nd trimester abortions’ at the clinic,” the research revealed.
It noted most of the doctors at SWWO have been given status as “voluntary faculty” at UNM.
“Although as volunteers these SWWO physicians are not paid a salary by UNM, they do receive substantial benefits for their faculty status. For example, they receive ‘New Mexico Tort Claims professional liability insurance coverage provided to university employees’ that is ‘extended to provide for the duties and activities performed by the individual Volunteer Faculty members,’ provided that such activities were assigned to them by the department chairpersons and that no other insurance covers such activities,” the committee found.
Further, the abortionists benefited from university compensation, including health sciences center library access, credit union access, recreational center membership, discounts on tickets for athletic and other events, free access to university facilities, and special access to the university press and golf facilities.
The abortionists get the benefits without doing any teaching or providing “academic services” to UNM, and the school benefits from the “fetal tissue” provided by the abortionists.
“The tissue transferred from SWWO to UNM is of substantial value,” the committee found, and the school even forwards tissue to other researchers outside of the state.
Blackburn explained to Balderas that federal law forbids the transfer of fetal tissue for profit.
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
In the fifth, Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discusses “intact fetal cadavers”:
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 has Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.