“The people of Texas will not accept this callous attitude toward human life,” Lt. Gov. said
The State of Texas has opened up a criminal probe into allegations that a Houston Planned Parenthood may be selling intact fetuses as part of an illegal organ harvesting scheme.
Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urged the Houston District Attorney’s office to investigate “gruesome and barbaric” claims made in a recent video produced by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.
“In this video, taped at the Houston Planned Parenthood Center, the Gulf Coast Director of Research, Melissa Farrell, discusses selling entire aborted fetuses for profit,” a statement released by Patrick said.
“The people of Texas will not accept this callous attitude toward human life, and I will not accept it, and that’s why we asked the D-A to begin a criminal investigation,” Patrick said, according to KHOU.
In the group’s latest video, the fifth in a nine-part documentary style series, Melissa Farrell, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, located in Houston, seemingly admits to two undercover reporters that fetuses may be removed fully intact and sold as a means of “diversifying the revenue stream” for the organization.
Farrell appears to describe how fetuses that require further gestation may cost more because of “more opportunity for complication.”
“Sometimes the procedures are longer, so then anything that we piggyback onto that for collection purposes, obviously, would have to reflect that additional time, cost, administrative burden,” Farrell says in the video.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has voiced similar disgust at the contents of the group’s videos, last month ordering an expansion of the state’s investigation into the “grotesque revelations” after the release of the group’s second video, which showed Mary Gatter, the Medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California, haggling the price of aborted fetal tissue.
PP Gulf Coast is “one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and has been selling fetal body parts to academic and private biotech clients for over a decade,” according to the Center for Medical Progress. It is located in a predominantly black and hispanic neighborhood.
The president of PP Gulf Coast contends the claims they’re mutilating babies pre-birth for à la cart or wholesale retail are “outrageous and completely false.”
“The footage released today doesn’t show Planned Parenthood staff engaged in any wrongdoing or agreeing to violate any legal or medical standards,” CEO Melaney Linton said.
Yesterday, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced they found three Planned Parenthood clinics performing second-trimester abortions without the proper licenses after an investigation was spurred by the videos.
Two rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, falling short of the border and landing in the Palestinian enclave.
There were no reports of damage or injuries, and no immediate claim of responsibility.
The army’s official policy is to retaliate to attacks, maintaining that it holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from the Strip. Misfired rockets landing on the Gaza side of the fence do not generally elicit an Israeli response.
On Saturday night, two rockets fell near the Israel-Gaza border fence. No warning sirens were heard and the military was initially unsure whether the projectiles struck the Israeli or Gazan side of the border.
Hamas on Friday vowed to avenge the death of Ali Dawabsha, the Palestinian toddler who was killed in a terror attack when his West Bank house was firebombed, allegedly by right-wing extremists.
On Friday, defense officials predicted that the Gaza terror group might launch rockets against Israel following the attack.
The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot.
The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was, said lead archaeologist of the current excavation, Aren Maeir, of Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
“We knew that Philistine Gath in the 10th to ninth century [B.C.] was a large city, perhaps the largest in the land at that time,” Maeir told Live Science in an email. “These monumental fortifications stress how large and mighty this city was.”
The gates were uncovered in Tell es-Safi, which was occupied almost continuously for nearly 5,000 years, until the Arab village at the site was left in 1948, Maeir said. Though archaeologists have been excavating at the site since 1899, it wasn’t until the past few decades that they realized how massive the Iron Age remains really were.
Both the impressive settlement size and mentions in biblical accounts suggest to scholars that the site is the historic city of Gath, which was ruled by the Philistines, who lived next to the Jewish kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Most scholars think that Gath was besieged and laid to waste by Hazael, King of Aram Damascus, in 830 B.C., Maeir said.
The book of 1 Samuel describes Goliath this way:
4 Then a champion stepped out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. [9 feet, 9 inches] 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and a breastplate of scale armor; the weight of the bronze breastplate was 5,000 shekels. [125 pounds] 6 He also had bronze shin-guards on his legs and a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and the head of his spear weighed 600 shekels of iron,[15 pounds]; and his shield-bearer was marching ahead of him.
The find also demonstrates the nature of the relationship between the Israelites and their enemies the Philistines.
So far, only the top surface of the structures are visible, but based on the size and shape of the stones used to make them, the city walls must have been quite large. The mighty fortifications would have formed a rather imposing boundary that prevented the Kingdom of Judah from expanding westward, he added.The team also found ironworks and a Philistine temple near the monumental gate, with some pottery and other finds typically associated with Philistine culture. Though the pottery represents a distinctive Philistine style, it also shows elements of Israelite technique, suggesting the cultures did influence each other in ways unrelated to war.