Cecile Richards Lies in Face of FBI Probe, Says Planned Parenthood “Acquitted” of Illegally Selling Aborted Baby Parts


Planned Parenthood gets away with all kinds of lies.

On Wednesday, the abortion chain’s CEO, Cecile Richards, claimed that Planned Parenthood has been “acquitted of everything” related to its baby body parts trade. Richards made the statement while visiting New Jersey to witness Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of a law forcing taxpayers to give her abortion chain $7.5 million.

Pro-life advocates criticized the legislation for numerous reasons, not the least of which being that Planned Parenthood is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Right now, Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation by the FBI for the illegal sale of baby body parts and we have to assume that Gov. Murphy is aware of this,” New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy told NJTV News.

Richards claimed this was a lie.

“As you probably know, there were congressional investigations that were politically motivated. We’ve been acquitted of everything, so that’s simply not true,” she told the news outlet.

Rather than fact check her statement, the news outlet just ran the quote. A quick internet search would have made it clear that Richards was lying.

Quite the opposite of being acquitted, in early December, news broke that Planned Parenthood is being investigated by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sales of aborted baby body parts.

Fox News broke the story after obtaining a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd requesting unredacted documents from the U.S. Senate committee that investigated the abortion chain in 2016.

The department sent the letter, dated Dec. 7, to U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, who led the committee, the Independent reports.

“At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only – we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury,” Boyd wrote.

The Senate committee, as well as a U.S. House investigative committee, both recommended that the DOJ investigate Planned Parenthood after finding strong evidence that the abortion chain broke the law.

Also in December, two California biotech companies that worked with Planned Parenthood were prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s office. They reached an $8 million settlement and agreed to stop selling aborted baby body parts.

SIGN THE PETITION! Congress Must De-Fund Planned Parenthood Immediately

Several states that investigated Planned Parenthood also caught it breaking the law. A South Carolina investigation revealed that three Planned Parenthoods dumped aborted babies in a public landfill. The abortion clinics were fined up to $51,000 for the violations. And in Missouri, Planned Parenthood employees repeatedly refused to respond to a subpoena from a Missouri Senate committee investigating the same allegations.

Alabama and Colorado Planned Parenthoods also were accused of breaking state laws by neglecting to report suspected sexual abuse. And Kentucky shut down a new Planned Parenthood facility after it began aborting unborn babies without a license.

These investigations came about as a result of a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed the baby body parts trade inside the nation’s largest abortion provider.

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood receives approximately half a billion taxpayer dollars every year, while performing about 320,000 abortions annually.

The expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation. Here is a list of all 14:

  • In the first video: Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on baby-crushing: “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.”
  • In the second video:Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter joked, “I want a Lamborghini” as she negotiated the best price for baby parts.
  • In the third video:Holly O’Donnell, a former Stem Express employee who worked inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, detailed first-hand the unspeakable atrocities and how she fainted in horror over handling baby legs.
  • In the fourth video:Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Savita Ginde stated, “We don’t want to do just a flat-fee (per baby) of like, $200. A per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” She also laughed while looking at a plate of fetal kidneys that were “good to go.”
  • In the fifth video: Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast in Houston boasted of Planned Parenthood’s skill in obtaining “intact fetal cadavers” and how her “research” department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States.”
  • In the sixth videoHolly O’Donnell described technicians taking fetal parts without patient consent: “There were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
  • In the seventh and perhaps most disturbing video:Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
  • In the eighth video: StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admits Planned Parenthood sells “a lot of” fully intact aborted babies.
  • The ninth video: catches a Planned Parenthood medical director discussing how the abortion company sells fully intact aborted babies — including one who “just fell out” of the womb.
  • The 10th video: catches the nation’s biggest abortion business selling specific body parts — including the heart, eyes and “gonads” of unborn babies. The video also shows the shocking ways in which Planned Parenthood officials admit that they are breaking federal law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
  • Unreleased Videos: Unreleased videos from CMP show Deb Vanderhei of Planned Parenthood caught on tape talking about how Planned Parenthood abortion business affiliates may “want to increase revenue [from selling baby parts] but we can’t stop them…” Another video has a woman talking about the “financial incentives” of selling aborted baby body parts.
  • The 11th video: catches a Texas Planned Parenthood abortionist planning to sell the intact heads of aborted babies for research. Amna Dermish is caught on tape describing an illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term unborn babies which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
  • The 12th video in the seriesshows new footage of Jennefer Russo, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Orange County, California, describing to undercover investigators how her abortion business tries to harvest intact aborted babies’ bodies for a local for-profit biotech company and changes the abortion procedure to do so.
  • The 13th video: exposes a Planned Parenthood medical director admitting that babies born alive after abortion are sometimes killed.
  • The 14th video: catches Planned Parenthood executives discussing gruesome abortion procedures and the sale of body parts from aborted babies for profit.


Governor Murphy Signs His First Bill to Fund Planned Parenthood with Our Tax Dollars Despite FBI Investigation

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday that restores $7.5 million in grants for health clinics and Planned Parenthood that were stripped from the state’s budget since 2010 under former Gov. Chris Christie.

It was the first bill Murphy, a Democrat, signed into law after taking office to succeed Christie, a Republican, more than a month ago.

Murphy also signed his second piece of legislation, which makes contraceptive available to women on Medicaid.

“I don’t have to tell you all that today has certainly been a long time coming,” Murphy said. “New Jersey will once again stand strong for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights.”

The bill signing took place inside Trenton’s War Memorial across from the Statehouse, where more than 100 people, many donning pink shirts and pink Planned Parenthood pins, gave the new governor a standing ovation.

“Signed, sealed, delivered,” Murphy said after he took his pen to the legislation.

The advocates, well-wishers and supporters of Murphy’s inaugural signing included Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Elections do have consequences and nothing has been more exciting than to see this governor in action, because today marks a new era,” Richards said. “Today is a good day in New Jersey.”

Planned Parenthood has long been a lightning rod issue among voters opposed to abortion. But Murphy pledged during the campaign to restore the funding Christie nixed.

In 2010, Christie vetoed $7.5 million in funding for family planning clinics, saying they were duplicative and the state couldn’t afford it. From his veto message: “In these extraordinary economic times, the state does not have additional monies available to provide duplicative funding for family planning centers.”

That amounted to some $60 million in lost funding over the course of Christie’s tenure.

Six of the 58 clinics in New Jersey closed and 14 others scaled back their hours and services after losing their share of the grant money, according to a report by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Christie would go on to make the same veto every time members of the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent him a bill that aimed to fund the clinics.

And with his re-election for governor in Democratic-heavy New Jersey safely behind him and a presidential campaign looming, Christie suddenly changed his reason for stripping the funding.

“I’ve vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood and if I were president of the United States I would do exactly the same,” Christie told voters in South Carolina in 2015.

New Jersey Right to Life, which supported Christie’s cuts, blasted Murphy on Wednesday.

“If anyone is playing politics, it is Gov. Murphy, who boastfully, as his first act as governor, signs bills that will use our tax dollars to reward a political, partisan organization that helped elect him,” Marie Tasy, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.

 At Wednesday’s bill signing ceremony, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th, who was a staunch critic of Christie when she served in the state Assembly, declared: “Thank God that we had an election,” 

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who long chastised Christie over the cuts, praised the new governor. She described their conversation ahead of the bill signing: “Governor Murphy said ‘Are you ready to roll?’ And I said, ‘I’ve been ready to roll for eight years,'” Weinberg, D-Bergen, said.

“Thank you, Governor Murphy,” Weinberg added.

Before the cuts, the grants were split among 58 clinics, including some run by Planned Parenthood, to pay for preventive health screenings and birth control.

The law prevents the money to be used for abortions, but organizations like New Jersey Right to Life protested, arguing no abortion provider should benefit from public funding.

Murphy called on supporters to celebrate the victory despite eight years of setbacks.

“I know the stroke of a pen could not reduce eight years of neglect,” Murphy said. “But turning our state around to standing for the right values starts here, starts now (and) starts with us.”

Matt Arco may be reached at marco@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewArco or Facebook.