While most of Planned Parenthood’s known offenses have occurred in the U.S., the world is taking note – and concern is spreading that Planned Parenthood may be breaking the law in other parts of the world, as well.
Several members of the European Parliament proposed an inquiry into the Planned Parenthood scandal in America, as well as into the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which currently receives funding from the European Commission.
Members called on the European Union to defund Planned Parenthood until investigations are carried out in Europe, and urged stricter controls on EU development aid to avoid unethical and illegal practices involving the sale of fetal body parts in Europe.
Live Action president Lila Rose addressed members of the European Parliament gathered in Brussels on the Planned Parenthood “baby parts” scandal and other controversies surrounding the abortion giant.
“Planned Parenthood Federation of America is currently under investigation in the United States for the barbaric practice of dismembering and harvesting the body parts of children it aborts, illegally selling those parts for profit, harvesting organs from babies born with hearts still beating, and putting mothers at risk by illegally altering the abortion procedure to obtain more intact organs,” Rose explained.
Discussion centered on the trafficking of fetal body parts in the United States, as well as on previous undercover research exposing Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of the sex trafficking of minors, the promotion of sex- and race-selective abortions, the return of sexually abused minors to their abusers, and other illegal activities. Rose was invited by members of the European Parliament to keynote the session for the EPP Working Group on Bioethics and Human Dignity.
“Europe is horrified by the scandalous harvesting and selling of human body parts allegedly for profit by Planned Parenthood in the USA. This organization is active also in the EU and receives extensive funding from the European Commission,” said Miroslav Mikolášik, chairman of the working group and a member of the European Parliament. “We invited Ms. Lila Rose to provide first-hand testimony about this practice in the USA.”
“Members of the European Parliament are concerned that Planned Parenthood’s illegal activities don’t stop at the U.S. border,” said Rose. “I’m grateful to see that members are taking the proactive steps to learn about the abuses we’ve witnessed in the United States and to question what the money they provide Planned Parenthood is actually funding.”
Alojz Peterle, another member of the European Parliament, said, “It is unacceptable that an organization which appears to be breaching human rights, ethical standards, and laws is operating in the EU and is also being funded by EU taxpayers. I consider their activities as a serious offense over the first article of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which talks about the inviolability of human dignity.”