SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she plans to review undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers to see if any laws were broken.
Harris announced the move Friday in a letter to four members of Congress who had requested an investigation.
The video shows a Planned Parenthood medical director in California meeting with people posing as potential buyers of intact fetal specimens.
Messages left with the Center for Medical Progress, which made the videos, were not immediately returned.
Federal law prohibits the commercial sale of fetal tissue, but it allows not-for-profit donation of tissue if the women who underwent abortions give their consent. Planned Parenthood says the payments discussed in the videos pertain to reimbursement for the costs of procuring the tissue — which is legal.