Letter Regarding Planned Parenthood

July 20, 2015

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Director Nick Lyon
Capitol View Building
201 Townsend Street
Lansing, Michigan 48913

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Director Mike Zimmer
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909

Directors Lyon and Zimmer:

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, a video surfaced featuring Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola revealing Planned Parenthood’s apparently widespread practice of selling the remains of babies they’ve aborted.

In the video, Dr. Nucatola also claims that Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country are having discussions about the most effective way to deliver body parts for reimbursement.

“But I will tell you behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates,” she states.

The sale of body parts-including fetal body parts-is illegal under federal law.

The Planned Parenthood executive is further seen discussing the willingness of Planned Parenthood abortion providers to change and tailor abortion procedures so they can better obtain babies’ hearts, lungs, livers, and the “lower extremities” requested by their buyers, including the possibility of performing illegal “partial birth” abortions.

“The (partial birth abortion ban) is law, and laws are up to interpretation,” says Planned Parenthood’s Nucatola. “So if I say on day one, ‘I do not intend to do this,’ what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”

Both state and federal law prohibit partial birth abortion.

Given these apparent admissions, I am writing to ask that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs launch a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s Michigan affiliates to determine if and to what extent any Michigan facilities have participated in the horrifying sale of babies’ body parts and/or have modified their procedures to maximize their ability to provide babies’ body parts for reimbursement, including whether any have conducted illegal partial birth abortions.

I look forward to the results of your formal investigation.

Phil Pavlov
State Senator
25th District

CC: The Hon. Arlan Meekhof, Senate Majority Leader
The Hon. Kevin Cotter, Speaker of the House
Dick Posthumus, Senior Advisor to the Governor