The Commission’s disgraceful answer to MEP’s questions on the Planned Parenthood scandal

3-wise-monkeysThe revelations concerning Planned Parenthood’s gruesome trade with the organs of aborted babies have prompted MEP Miroslav Mikolášik (PPE, Slovakia): to ask a written question to the European Commission, given that the Commission is known to be lavishly showering Planned Parenthood with taxpayers’ Euros through its “development aid” programs:

On 14 July 2015, an undercover video was published online revealing how Planned Parenthood illegally sells body parts of aborted babies.

This video has gone viral with almost 2 million views in three days. Planned Parenthood is the world’s largest abortion provider. It is also a major recipient of EU funds for development aid.

As a report by European Dignity Watch revealed in 2012, these funds are heavily used to fund abortions outside the EU, including in countries where abortion is illegal.

1. Is the Commission aware of this practice and the video evidence published by the Centre for Medical Progress, which points to the direct involvement of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in illegal trafficking of human body parts?

2. Will the Commission condemn this practice and suspend all direct and indirect funding of Planned Parenthood facilities, projects and programmes until such time as the US authorities have carried out a thorough investigation into the matter?

3. Is the Commission aware that Planned Parenthood has recently requested to join the Commission in its lawsuit against the ONE OF US European Citizen Initiative, and does it intend to prevent this from happening?

It took the Commission three months to come up with the following answer:

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P-012161/2015 Answer given by Mr Mimica on behalf of the Commission (9.10.2015) 

The European Union supports the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action  and the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 5 on maternal health and universal access to reproductive health. This approach is recalled in the Council conclusions on the EU Role in Global Health  and a transformative post-2015 agenda .

The video extracts referred to reveal that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) participates in a tissue donation programme for medical research which is legal in the United States (US). As for any medical research donation programme, the cost of transporting samples is paid by the scientific unit carrying out the research. In the US strict laws and ethical guidelines exist for tissue donation and foetal tissue samples require the donor’s consent.

The EU provides assistance through its external financing instruments  which, in line with the Financial Regulation, also support civil society organisations, among which the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). PPFA is a member of the IPPF. EU-supported services through IPPF reach the most vulnerable people in developing countries and provide them with access to life-saving services. Millions of women, men, girls and boys benefit from these programmes. Suspending these could result in risking women’s and their babies’ lives, as adequate support during pregnancy and childbirth might no longer be available, or in an increase in unwanted pregnancies due to unavailability of family planning.

The Commission is aware about the fact referred to by the Honourable Member. It is for the European Union Courts alone to decide on requests by third parties to participate in the procedures before those Courts.

The Commission’s response completely misrepresents the facts. What the videos reveal is not that PP “donates” tissues, but it has set up a commercial trade with those tissues, reaping huge financial profits from them. And the money the organization takes in exchange for the “donated tissue” has nothing to do with the cost for transport and storage: it does not go to the company that deals with storage and transport, but directly into the pockets of Planned Parenthood.

The Commission’s reply that all is ok, and that “strict legal and ethical guidelines” are in place, definitely remind one of Saddam Hussein’s legendary spokesman during the Gulf War,  Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka ‘Comical Ali’…

In particular, it is quite remarkable that the Commission has come to it’s conclusion on the legality of IPPF actions when the US courts have not yet done so. Has the Commission studied the case more closely than the US authorities conducting the criminal investigation against IPPF? If so, how? And does the Commission maybe intend to seek leave of the US courts to intervene in the case in support of IPPF, which it considers to be so important for achieving EU development goals?​

It is a shameful thought that, if the CJEU grants Planned Parenthood’s request to be admitted to the lawsuit of ONE OF US v. the Commission, the Commission and the child-butchers will be fighting side-by-side against 2 million European citizens. This will hardly be becoming for the European executive’s image…