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Sen. Cruz Sends Letters to NIH, StemExpress about Potential Violations of Federal Law

Requests information to learn roles in Planned Parenthood’s fetus organ harvesting

July 20, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In light of last week’s revelations that a senior official with Planned Parenthood admitted to working with abortion providers to potentially violate federal and state laws, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent letters today to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress. The letters request documents and additional information from NIH and StemExpress in order to determine their potential involvement in Planned Parenthood’s possible illegal conduct.

After sending the letters, Sen. Cruz remarked, “The recent revelation by Planned Parenthood that it encourages its affiliates to perform abortions in certain ways in order to maximize profit is not only abhorrent, it may also violate federal law. 

“Given NIH’s role in dispensing taxpayer dollars for fetal tissue-based research and StemExpress’s procurement of fetal tissue for profit, it is imperative that both followed federal law at every turn.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with Chairman Grassley and my other Senate colleagues to ensure that all appropriate laws are being followed and taxpayer dollars are not being used to fuel the abortion industry.”

The NIH letter in its entirety can be accessed here, and the StemExpress letter in its entirety can be accessed here.

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