A Texas grand jury has indicted two people who produced videos targeting Planned Parenthood, alleging the illegal selling fetal tissue. The grand jury declined to indict anyone from Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast — the initial target of the investigation. Senator Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) said she is not surprised.
“This is clearly one of those situations where an organization that someone has an ideological disagreement with is being framed. It’s all been exposed through the media. Thank goodness for the media for helping expose this and to the courts for saying we’re not going to stand by and let this happen. You’re going to be held accountable,” said Schupp.
“To me, this turns so many things on their head, including things that we’ve been doing here in the Missouri legislature. For example, had these doctored videos never been doctored and produced, we wouldn’t have a committee called the Sanctity of Life that is consistently pointing its finger at Planned Parenthood.”
Eleven states, including Missouri, launched investigations into Planned Parenthood following the videos’ release; all cleared the organization of wrongdoing.
A Missouri Senate interim committee was also formed shortly after those videos were released. The Senate committee still intends to continue meeting through this legislative session.