A review of Planned Parenthood facilities in Pennsylvania has found no evidence of wrongdoing, the State Health Department announced on Friday.
The review came after a series of undercover videos taken by anti-abortion activists showed Planned Parenthood executives discussing the price of fetal tissue for medical research. The activist group behind the video alleges that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue; Planned Parenthood maintains that the sales compensate for expenses, which is legal.
“There is no evidence that any Planned Parenthood site in this Commonwealth is involved in the buying or selling of fetal tissue,” PA Secretary of Health Karen Murphy wrote in the letter to state legislators.
Pennsylvania was the fifth state that conducted a review of Planned Parenthood facilities and found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Planned Parenthood says it only has fetal tissue donation programs in two states, California and Washington. Murphy wrote that there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania has done anything but dispose of fetal tissue produced in abortion procedures. Murphy wrote that Planned Parenthood has contracted with “appropriate vendors to properly dispose of tissue.”
Murphy wrote that the findings of the most recent review are consistent with Planned Parenthood’s clean record in the state.
“Since 2011 when the Department instituted annual and random unannounced surveys of Planned Parenthood facilities in Pennsylvania, the Department has never found a violation of the Abortion Control Act provisions regarding the procurement or use of fetal tissue,” Murphy adds.
Planned Parenthood offered the Pennsylvania review as further proof that congressional investigations into the organization are unnecessary. The organization has also been absolved of wrongdoing by review panels in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Dakota.
“Pennsylvania has cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing — just like officials in every other state where these investigations have concluded,” the group’s executive vice president, Dawn Laguens, said in a statement. “We will of course cooperate with legitimate investigations, but it is clear that the public does not want elected officials spending time and money looking into patently false claims that are simply designed to advance an extreme anti-abortion agenda.”