HHS Inspector General Begins Federal Fetal Tissue Probe

Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson will be looking into federal oversight of fetal tissue research in the wake of a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood staffers discussing receiving money for tissue from aborted fetuses, The Hill reports.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who along with 34 other Republican senators requested the action in October, touted the news as a victory on Tuesday.

“I am encouraged to see the Inspector General take action to investigate Planned Parenthood’s unconscionable practices,” Paul said in a prepared statement. “Planned Parenthood selling body parts of the unborn demonstrates that the organization deserves not one penny more of our taxpayer dollars, and I am confident this investigation will give further proof of that.”

Paul released the letter sent to him by Levinson, which read, in part: “Our goal is to obtain information related to fetal tissue research grants, NIH’s monitoring procedures over third-party certifications and those related to the department’s internal fetal tissue research, and any known violations of federal requirements.”