Five members of Congress, including Denver Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette, are calling on their Republican colleagues to end the investigations into Planned Parenthood.
The request comes in the wake of a grand jury indictment in Texas against David Daleiden and Sandra S. Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, the producers of heavily-edited and widely-discredited videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials engaging in the illegal sale of fetal tissue.
Daleiden and Merritt were indicted last week by a grand jury in Houston, which had been asked by the Texas Lieutenant Governor to investigate the Center for Medical Progress videos. The grand jury found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, but did indict Daleiden and Merritt for presenting fake driver’s licenses, a felony in Texas, and attempting to purchase human organs, a misdemeanor.
Twelve states have now investigated the Center for Medical Progress videos and found the allegations that Planned Parenthood engaged in fetal tissue trafficking unsubstantiated.
Earlier this year, Rep. Mike Coffman said the videos “shock the conscience.” He has voted multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood since he saw them. Coffman’s office did not reply to The Colorado Independent’s messages about the videos and whether the indictment would change his mind about their conclusions.
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