Another video was released on Thursday of Planned Parenthood executives discussing the collection of fetal tissue for research. This comes as the Senate prepares to vote on a bill that will block federal aid to the organization.
A group of Minnesota legislators are also calling for an investigation into local Planned Parenthood chapters. Last week, Minnesota republicans crafted a letter to Gov. Dayton asking for an investigation into the 18 Planned Parenthood clinics in Minnesota.
“This is trafficking and the sale of baby body parts and that's something that is against federal law against Minnesota state law, and if Planned Parenthood is doing this they need to be prosecuted,” Autumn Leva, Director of Policy and Communications at Minnesota Family Council, said.
Fox 9 spoke with the governor and he made it clear that he wouldn't even entertain the idea.
"Planned Parenthood here in Minnesota says they aren't doing and University of Minnesota isn't doing anything like it so that should be enough,” Gov. Dayton said.
The letter from 65 GOP members of the House and Senate comes in the midst of a national outcry from anti-abortion groups to de-fund the organization. All this is a result of covertly recorded video of Planned Parenthood officials discussing procedures for obtaining tissue from aborted fetuses for research.
The fourth video, released Thursday, also includes graphic images of aborted fetuses. The anti-abortion group behind the undercover videos claims this is proof that the organization is selling aborted fetuses for a profit.
But Planned Parenthood says they have done nothing illegal, and they continue to defend its tissue donation program saying it's essential for important research.
"All those vital women's health services would virtually disappear if that funding was cut, Andrea Ledger, the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, said. “There are not enough women's clinic that could absorb that client base."
Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota chapter of Planned Parenthood said it does not participate and has never participated in any type of tissue donation program.