Rep. Nordberg Leads Charge to Investigate Planned Parenthood
Contact: Representative Dan Nordberg, Colorado House District 14
Address: 200 East Colfax Ave, Room 323, Denver, Colorado, 80210
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rep. Nordberg Leads Group of 30 Lawmakers Calling for Investigation into Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
DENVER—Rep. Dan Nordberg was joined by 29 of his colleagues today in sending a letter to Dr. Larry Wolk (Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) requesting an investigation of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and their involvement in the sale and transfer of fetal body parts.
Videos recently released by the Center for Medical Progress have exposed unethical and potentially illegal actions by Planned Parenthood affiliates around the nation. In one such video filmed in Denver, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde is shown negotiating a deal regarding babies’ body parts and agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and proposing ways to avoid legal consequences. Both federal and state law is clear that it is unlawful for “any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” (42 U.S.C. 289g-2 & C.R.S. 25-2-111.5)
“On behalf of our constituents and the people of Colorado, we request that your Department exercise its authority to initiate an investigation of all Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates operating in Colorado for violations of all applicable state and federal laws and to take necessary legal action to end such practices.”
“Investigations have been initiated in multiple states to ensure Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates are in compliance with the law. We ask your office to coordinate with Governor John Hickenlooper, and any other appropriate state agencies, to do the same in Colorado,” Nordberg and his colleagues wrote in their letter to Dr. Wolk.
C.R.S 25-2-111.5 states that “Any physician or institution that violates subsection (2) of this section shall be fined by the state registrar not more than ten thousand dollars, depending upon the severity of the violation.” Furthermore, “The department of public health and environment may promulgate rules related to enforcement activities necessary to implement subsections (2) and (3) of this section.”
On August 25th, the Associated Press cited Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spokesman Mark Sally as saying the agency has no plans to investigate because of “the ongoing congressional investigation.”
In response, Rep. Nordberg said, “Planned Parenthood is not above the law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has a duty to enforce state statutes and I expect them to do their job, regardless of any congressional investigation.”
“A civilized society cannot allow unethical and illegal medical practices such as the harvesting of aborted human organs and babies for monetary gain. I would hope that even proponents of abortion would agree to that much,” said Nordberg.