Harris County DA Investigates Houston’s Planned Parenthood Clinic

Harris County’s District Attorney has launched a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast after an undercover video prompted state lawmakers to call for an inquiry.


The fifth video released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, appears to show a top executive at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast discussing compensation for fetal tissue.

Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood

“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget.”

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued a statement saying that particular comment prompted him to call on Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to investigate.

Anderson, who is also a Republican, says there is enough evidence for an investigation.

“At this time, it is premature to specify what, if any, crimes have been commited at the Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood facility,” Anderson said.

The D.A. says the Texas Rangers and the Houston Police Department will assist in the investigation.

She says the first step is to obtain the unedited video.

“We need to see it from beginning to end to make sure we know the context of all the statements that have been made and that will be the starting place for the investigation,” said Anderson.

Anderson says they will also look for evidence of any laws being broken by the anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement saying they will cooperate with the investigation and maintain they comply with the law.


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