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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ST. PAUL – Following a recent report suggesting that Planned Parenthood may be using aborted fetuses for financial gain, State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) has requested that Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson investigate the organization within the state and determine if it performed this illegal practice locally.


"If you are a right to life supporter as I am, you are already sickened by the fact that abortions are taking place," Miller said. "Then factor in that a major provider of abortions may be selling body parts of an unborn child for profit and you'll understand why I am pursuing an investigation."


Miller references an undercover video that surfaced recently where the senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America talked about the organization’s participation in tissue donation programs, and also the price ranges it charged "per specimen." She also described how it is able to harvest targeted organs from a fetus and keep them "intact."


It is a violation of federal law to sell fetal body parts.


In his letter to the attorney general, Miller asked for an investigation to determine whether or not the alleged practice of selling fetal body parts is occurring in our state and if any laws have been broken.


"Planned Parenthood collects millions of taxpayer dollars each year, and it is known as an organization that helps end the lives of unborn children," Miller said. "All of us have the right to know whether or not it has been choosing to illegally sell fetal body parts for financial gain, and I'm hopeful the attorney general will quickly take action on this important matter."