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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller

Today 41 Republicans from the Iowa House and Senate delivered a letter to Attorney General Tom Miller, urging his office to investigate the practices of abortion providers in the state.

The investigation was prompted after videos surfaced showing employees from abortion providers discussing the harvesting and selling of aborted baby organs.  Through an investigation, legislators are seeking whether any relevant laws were broken by abortion providers in the state.

The text of the letter reads:

Dear General Miller,

We, the undersigned legislators of the State of Iowa, were appalled by recent allegations that some abortion providers in the United States are:

  1. Contracting with companies to sell or transfer aborted human body parts and organs, and
  2. Actively deceiving their patients through federally mandated disclosure forms on what procedures are being used in order to more easily harvest aborted human body parts and organs.
  3. Intentionally neglecting to obtain consent from patients for tissue donation, thus harvesting fetal body parts and organs without the mothers’ knowledge and/or legal permission.

As it is the responsibility of the Department of Justice to ensure abortion providers in the State of Iowa are following applicable laws, we respectfully urge you to investigate current and planned abortion operations within Iowa to ensure compliance with the law.

Specifically, we request that your office obtain answers to the following questions:

1. How do Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) dispose of aborted baby remains? Please provide details of the disposal process.

2. Do Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) sell or donate any aborted baby organs or body parts?

3. Do any Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) contract with companies that assist with disposing, donating, or selling of aborted baby organs or body parts? If so, please describe exactly what these companies do with the aborted baby remains.

4. Please provide the names and addresses of any and all companies that Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) contract with for the disposal, donation, or sale of aborted baby organs or body parts.

5. How many Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) do business with StemExpress, or any other organizations that sell or donate the remains of aborted babies?

6. How many Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) offer pregnancy option information that directs patients to abortion clinics that do business with StemExpress, the company that boasts about “financial profits” that come from harvesting and distributing aborted baby body parts?

7. How are Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) reimbursed, paid, or in any way remunerated for participating in the donation of aborted baby organs or body parts? Please provide details and records of the exact amounts of reimbursements, payments, or remuneration received or that have been contracted to receive.

8. What information do Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) provide patients regarding the selling, donation, and/or disposal of their aborted baby’s organs and body parts? Do the providers offer a signed declaration to mothers donating their aborted baby’s organs and body parts that “no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue,” in accordance with 42 U.S. Code § 289g–1?

9. Do Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) use the same “timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy” when obtaining donated tissue as when conducting an abortion procedure in which body parts and organs are not being sold or donated, or is the procedure altered?

10. Can Iowa abortion providers (or any affiliates, subsidiaries or associates thereof) provide documentation that patient consent was legally obtained in all cases where the remains of aborted babies were sold or donated?

We thank you for your attention to this matter and look forward to your response.

Signers of the letter include:

Rep. Clel Baudler                              Rep. Terry Baxter                             Rep. Brian Best

Iowa House District 20                   Iowa House District 8                      Iowa House District 12

 

Rep. Darrel Branhagen                  Rep. Dave Deyoe                             Rep. Cecil Dolecheck

Iowa House District 55                   Iowa House District 49                   Iowa House District 24

 

Rep. Dean Fisher                              Rep. Joel Fry                                      Rep. Tedd Gassman

Iowa House District 72                   Iowa House District 27                   Iowa House District 7

 

Rep. Stan Gustafson                       Rep. Greg Heartsill                          Rep. Dave Heaton

Iowa House District 25                   Iowa House District 28                   Iowa House District 84

 

Rep. Steven Holt                              Rep. Dan Huseman                         Rep. Megan Jones

Iowa House District 18                   Iowa House District 3                      Iowa House District 2

 

Rep. Kevin Koester                         Rep. John Kooiker                           Rep. John Landon

Iowa House District 38                   Iowa House District 4                      Iowa House District 37

 

Rep. Zach Nunn                                Rep. Dawn Pettengill                      Rep. Ken Rizer

Iowa House District 30                   Iowa House District 75                   Iowa House District 68

 

Rep. Walt Rogers                             Rep. Sandy Salmon                         Rep. Larry Sheets

Iowa House District 60                   Iowa House District 63                   Iowa House District 80

 

Rep. Quentin Stanerson               Rep. Ralph Watts                             Rep. Matt Windschitl

Iowa House District 95                   Iowa House District 19                   Iowa House District 17

 

Rep. Gary Worthan                         Senator Bill Anderson                    Senator Jerry Behn

Iowa House District 11                   Iowa Senate District 3                    Iowa Senate District 24

 

Senator Rick Bertrand                    Senator Jake Chapman                  Senator Mark Costello

Iowa Senate District 7                    Iowa Senate District 10                  Iowa Senate District 12

 

Senator Randy Feenstra               Senator Dennis Guth                      Senator David Johnson

Iowa Senate District 2                    Iowa Senate District 4                    Iowa Senate District 1

 

Senator Ken Rozenboom             Senator Jason Schultz                    Senator Mark Segebart

Iowa Senate District 40                  Iowa Senate District 9                    Iowa Senate District 6

 

Senator Amy Sinclair                       Senator Brad Zaun

Iowa Senate District 14                  Iowa Senate District 20

The pdf of the letter can be found here.

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