Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday called for an investigation into whether any Kansas facility is selling remains of aborted fetuses.
Some Missouri officials also called for investigations.
In a news release, Brownback called on the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to determine whether facilities that perform abortions were “engaged in the inhumane practice of selling tissue and organs from unborn children who are aborted.”
The action came after the release of two undercover videos that depicted conversations with Planned Parenthood employees. The videos — one made public last week and another on Tuesday — have raised questions about whether Planned Parenthood’s practices have violated state law regarding the extraction and disposal of fetal organs and tissue.
“Kansas remains committed to a culture that respects the dignity of life at all stages,” Brownback said. “Recent videos show Planned Parenthood employees treating the unborn as commodities as they discuss the sale of tissue and organs. This does not reflect the culture of life most Kansans want.”
He said the Kansas Board of Healing Arts should address the issue in its inspections of Kansas clinics.
Brownback joined a growing list of state officials and politicians calling for investigations since the videos were made public by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group.
SOURCE: JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star