Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office has opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood in Missouri has violated state law in the process of providing abortion services, according to a news release from Koster’s office.
The investigation follows the release of videos by anti-abortion activists featuring surreptitiously captured conversations with Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the disposal of fetal tissues. The activists allege that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal organs for profit. Planned Parenthood has vehemently denied that claim.
“Regardless of whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, the questions raised by these videos require careful review,” Koster, a Democrat, said in the release. “My office will investigate whether the practices described have occurred within our state and whether Missouri law has been violated.”
The Missouri Senate has also taken steps to investigate Planned Parenthood in the state, Missourinet reports. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, called allegations against the organization “appalling.”
“This type of action demands a legislative investigation,” Dempsey wrote in a statement. “I am tasking this interim committee to find out exactly what is going on behind closed doors.”
The St. Louis Planned Parenthood Center is the only clinic in Missouri that offers abortions. Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri said in a statement that the center does not participate in the program and the investigation amounts to “political grandstanding,” according to an AP report.