(TheBlaze/AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice will review the newly released Planned Parenthood videos and determine if any steps need to be taken, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Wednesday.
The announcement comes after a group of Republican senators called on the attorney general to conduct a “full investigation” into whether Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, broke federal law with its practices of selling human fetal tissue.
“At this point, we’re going to review all the information and determine what steps, if any, to take at the appropriate time,” Lynch said.
Attorney General Lynch says DOJ will review Planned Parenthood videos and “determine what steps need to be taken.” pic.twitter.com/sWhJtlioFo— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 22, 2015
Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released a second undercover video aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood's procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers.
The video released on Tuesday shows Dr. Mary Gatter, a Planned Parenthood medical director in Southern California, meeting with people posing as potential buyers of intact fetal specimens. Much of the conversation on the video deals with how much money the buyers should pay.
Federal law prohibits the commercial sale of fetal tissue, but allows not-for-profit donation of tissue if the women who underwent abortions give their consent. Planned Parenthood contends that the payments discussed in the new video, and a similar one released last week, pertain to reimbursement for the costs of procuring the tissue - which is legal.
In another portion of the video, she appears to suggest that abortion procedures could be modified in some cases to get more intact fetuses. Under federal law, there should be no alteration in the timing or method of an abortion done solely for the purpose of obtaining fetal tissue.