FBI Says Abortion Facility Didn't Break Laws in Fetal Tissue Sales
Courtesy: Associated Press; September 2, 2001; Pro-Life Infonet

Kansas City, MO -- An abortion facility did not break any laws by marketing fetal tissues, federal authorities have concluded.

Independent contractors at an abortion facility in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, did not illegally profit from sale of fetal tissue, Acting U.S. Attorney Jim Flory said after and FBI investigation.

Abortion facilities and abortion practitioners may charge reasonable fees for fetal tissue removal and shipment of researchers, such as universities and drug companies, under current law. Authorities, "after review of the issue, determined there was no violation of federal thorough statutes," Flory told The Kansas City Star.

The investigation began in March 2000, after Dr. Miles Jones of Lee's Summit, Mo., failed to appear before the U.S. House commerce health and environment subcommittee. Lawmakers wanted to question the pathologist about comments he made before a hidden camera on an episode of ABC's "20/20" about the profitability of selling fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood was not a subject of the investigation.

Jones did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Saturday. But in a letter to the House Committee last year he denied allegations that he had trafficked in fetal tissue.

 

(Courtesy: Associated Press)