Attorney General Chris Koster says his office’s investigation into Planned Parenthood found no evidence of state laws being broken. The office launched its investigation following the release in July of undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood has illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue.
“The evidence reviewed by my investigators supports Planned Parenthood’s representation that fetal tissue is handled in accordance with Missouri law,” Koster said. “We have discovered no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue.”
Koster’s investigation reviewed the tissue-handling practices of Planned Parenthood’s Missouri surgical facility, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLR), the only abortion clinic currently licensed in Missouri to perform surgical abortions.
As part of its investigation, multiple interviews were completed with representatives from PPSLR representatives and the pathology laboratory that examines fetal tissue for PPSLR as required by Missouri law. Koster’s office also examined thousands of documents related to the investigation and reviewed how fetal tissue was disposed of in a 30-day period, tracing the chain of custody from surgical procedure to incineration.
Since the release of the report, Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), who chairs the Senate committee investigating Planned Parenthood, has stated that committee will continue to meet and plans to continue to examine Planned Parenthood’s operations. Schaefer called Koster’s investigation “incomplete,” and said his committee still has work to do.