Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is under fire again for the organization's controversial fetal harvesting consent form given to women considering abortion that falsely claims aborted babies' tissue has been used to "treat and find a cure" for diseases such as AIDS, cancer and diabetes.
The controversial form was reviewed during a hearing of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives held on March 2 to examine the bioethics of fetal tissue harvesting and experimentation.
"Research using the blood from pregnant women and tissue that has been aborted has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and AIDS," begins the language on a copy of the form.
The Center for Medical Progress, which posted a clip from the hearing on YouTube Tuesday, notes that no cures for the diseases listed on the consent form are available, and no therapies for them use aborted babies' tissue.
Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, a scientist from the University of California at San Diego, who was called by the Panel's minority to testify in support of Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue harvesting, said the statement on the form was "inappropriate" in the YouTube clip.
Goldstein, who uses aborted babies' brains and other body parts from a local Planned Parenthood clinic said the form would have never made it past his Institutional Review Board. He is also a longtime financial backer of the organization.
When asked by fellow Planned Parenthood supporter Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., whether Planned Parenthood misrepresented information on the form. Goldstein agreed under oath.
"Do you believe that anything on that form is creating an undue hardship or intimidation or misrepresentation to women who are being asked to consider whether they will donate this tissue?" asked Watson Coleman.
"If it's the form that says, therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer's and all the rest have already been found, I agree, that's an inappropriate statement that should not have been made on that form. I don't know who wrote it, that would not have made it past my IRB [Institutional Review Board] either," Goldstein said.
"Planned Parenthood's baby parts trafficking scheme cannot stand up to independent scrutiny. When a Planned Parenthood supporter and baby parts customer admits under oath that Planned Parenthood has been fraudulently inducing patient consent, it discredits all of Planned Parenthood's assurances that their baby parts scheme has operated legally and above-board," David Daleiden, CMP's project lead said in a statement to CP Tuesday.
"Law enforcement in Planned Parenthood-friendly jurisdictions should stop wasting taxpayer resources to assist Planned Parenthood in harassing citizen journalists, and should stop ignoring the evidence of real fraud, baby body parts trafficking, and criminal abortion practices right in their own backyard," he added.
Mary Kogut, a Missouri Planned Parenthood CEO, is now facing possible jail time after she refused to turn over abortion consent forms to the Missouri Senate, according to The Guardian.