Congress, at least 4 states now probing Planned Parenthood

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Missouri’s Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster launched an investigation Tuesday into the state’s only clinic that offers abortions, following an outcry over a Planned Parenthood executive discussing in a secretly recorded video the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.

Mr. Koster declined to give specifics on what his investigation, one of three announced since last week, would entail.

Officials in several other states, principally Republicans, have ordered investigations of Planned Parenthood facilities in their own states to determine if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold.

“Regardless of whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, the questions raised by these videos require careful review,” Mr. Koster, who also is running for governor, said in a statement. “My office will investigate whether the practices described have occurred within our state and whether Missouri law has been violated.”

The recording by anti-abortion activists released last week shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers. The commercial sale of fetal tissue is illegal, but Planned Parenthood has said it legally helps women who want to make not-for-profit donations of their fetus’ organs for scientific research.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri issued a statement saying the center does not participate in the program and that calls for an investigation are about “political grandstanding.”

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