In July 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) launched a series of undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives engaging in discussions about the sale of tissues and organs obtained from aborted babies.
Those videos brought into question the morality of profiteering from an underground market in human body parts, the methods involved in aborting babies in the later terms of pregnancy, and why Planned Parenthood continues to receive over a half-billion in federal tax money each year.
Almost four years later, Planned Parenthood leadership has since resigned and many of the abortionists who appeared in the CMP videos have left.
In 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives both referred the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and six regional affiliates to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and prosecution for the illegal sale of aborted baby parts. However, the investigation seemed stalled.
A report from pro-life group Operation Resue noted:
[T]here is information from highly placed sources that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have provided cover for Planned Parenthood, delaying the investigation. It is no coincidence that many resignations took place after the firing of McCabe in January 2018… now with the confirmation of Attorney General William Barr and the March departure of Rosenstein, that may change.
Troy Newman, who served as a founding board member for CMP while the undercover video investigation took place, speculates that Planned Parenthood’s staffers “are running from prosecution” and feels the changes may be related to an ongoing FBI investigation of the abortion corporation.