Lee, Hatch Demand Federal Probe Into Planned Parenthood

Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch, and 10 other GOP senators call for an investigation of the abortion provider after undercover videos show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of unborn baby parts.

Reports The Hill:

Nearly a dozen Republican senators are demanding a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s use of fetal tissue after a pair of videos appeared to show price-haggling by top executives.

Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), along with 10 others, sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Tuesday, urging them to examine whether the organization broke a law that bans the sale of fetal tissue.

“The disturbing facts revealed in this video raise the question whether the employees of a federally funded organization have violated federal law by engaging in the transfer of human fetal tissue for profit,” they wrote.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday called for a comprehensive congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood, one day after the second video was released.

“I am horrified by the videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of unborn baby parts as casually as a mechanic might seek to sell car parts,” he wrote in a statement.

“Congress must investigate whether Planned Parenthood, which receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each year, is complying with applicable laws and regulations,” he wrote.