A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, voted to indict in a state investigation of Planned Parenthood. But it didn't indict the reproductive rights organization. In an unexpected turn, the grand jury indicted two anti-abortion activists <http://www.npr.org/2016/01/26/464469813/anti-abortion-activists-indicted-on-felony-charges-in-planned-parenthood-case> from the Center for Medical Progress. That is the organization that famously last year released videos that it said depicted Planned Parenthood illegally trying to sell fetal body parts.
The videos served as a major rallying point for Americans opposed to abortion. They fueled a threat to shut down the government as well as a push in several states to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. They also inspired a wave of investigations. After the videos' release last summer, a number of states quickly decided to look into whether the tissue sale the videos purported to show was happening within their borders. Despite all the worry, state investigations have yet to find any evidence that Planned Parenthood was selling or profiting off fetal tissue. Twelve states have completed investigations into Planned Parenthood following the videos' release, according to the organization. Here's what happened in each of those cases: *Florida * In July 2015, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott ordered a state investigation to see whether Planned Parenthood was "selling body parts," Politico Florida reported <http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/florida/2015/07/8573275/fla-regulators-investigate-planned-parenthood-clinics> at the time. On Aug. 5, the agency investigating the clinics released its findings, saying that none of the state's Planned Parenthood sites had been <http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/state-releases-planned-parenthood-investigation-results-121069> selling tissue or body parts. However, the investigation did find that one clinic out of Florida's 16 wasn't correctly keeping its records of fetal remains. In addition, three were found to have been performing second-trimester abortions while only being licensed to perform abortions in the first trimester, according to Politico <http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/state-releases-planned-parenthood-investigation-results-121069>. Planned Parenthood disputed this, arguing that the state had changed the rules on how it measured the first trimester, as Reuters reported. <http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-plannedparenthood-florida-idUSKCN0QO2AW20150819> Though it briefly looked like the state and Planned Parenthood agreed on the issue, Politico reported, the organization was fined in September 2015 <http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/florida/2015/09/8576033/state-fines-three-planned-parenthood-clinics> . *Georgia* Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on July 16, 2015 <https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2015-07-16/deal-orders-review-planned-parenthood-clinics>, asked the state's Departments of Community Health and Public Health to investigate whether Planned Parenthood was engaging in the "horrific practice" that the CMP's videos claimed to depict. On Aug. 13, the Department of Public Health reported that all five of the clinics had "proper procedures in place for burial or internment of [fetal] remains," as NPR member station WABE <http://news.wabe.org/post/ga-investigation-finds-planned-parenthood-follows-state-law> reported. *Indiana* In July 2015, Republican Gov. Mike Pence asked <http://www.wthr.com/story/29564848/gov-pence-announces-planned-parenthood-investigation> the state Department of Health to investigate the state's Planned Parenthood clinics, to see whether they were engaging in any sale of fetal tissue, local TV station WTHR reported. Weeks later, the department said it had "concluded there was no evidence of this type of activity" at three Planned Parenthood facilities in the state, as the Indianapolis Star reported <http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/07/30/health-department-ends-planned-parenthood-investigation/30874971/> . *Kansas* On July 21, 2015, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback asked his state's Board of Healing Arts "to address the issue of sale of tissue and organs from the unborn" at Planned Parenthood facilities, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported <http://cjonline.com/news/2015-07-21/brownback-calls-kansas-state-board-healing-arts-investigate-planned-parenthood>. This month, the board said it had "determined no further action would be taken at this time," per the Associated Press <http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e2e6821e8c744bd2b65ef599759e1c28/apnewsbreak-kansas-medical-board-clears-planned-parenthood> . *Massachusetts* On July 17, 2015, Republican state Rep. James Lyons sent a letter to Democratic state Attorney General Maura Healey, asking her to launch an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood was participating in fetal tissue sales like those the CMP video purported to show, as the Boston Herald reported <http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/07/lawmaker_urges_state_to_investigate_planned_parenthood>. On July 29, Healey responded in a statement that the state's Planned Parenthood sites were "fully compliant with state and federal laws regarding the disposition of fetal tissue" and were not participating in any fetal tissue donation, though it is legal in that state, as the Boston Globe reported <https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/29/healey-mass-planned-parenthood-fully-compliant-with-law/Fc6pYYrY1ONGQvRTEqkWHK/story.html> . *Michigan* On July 16, 2015, Republican state Sen. Phil Pavlov asked the state to investigate "to determine whether or not any Michigan-based facilities have participated in the horrifying sale of babies' body parts," MLive reported <http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/07/michgian_wont_investigate_whol.html>. In October, the two departments handling the investigations issued a statement, saying that <http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/10/planned_parenthood_not_mishand.html> "there is no evidence to date that illegal practices are occurring," MLive reported. *Missouri* On July 21, 2015, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster started an investigation, saying that "the questions raised by [CMP's] videos require careful review," local TV station KMBC reported <http://www.kmbc.com/news/videos-prompt-missouri-ag-investigation-into-planned-parenthood/34273800>. In September, a release from Koster's office said <http://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/2015/plannedparenthood09-15.pdf> the investigation turned up no "irregularities involving the transmission, examination, or disposal of the fetal organs and tissue" from abortions at the state's one clinic that performed surgical abortions, as the New York Times reported <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/us/planned-parenthood-fetal-tissue-missouri.html> . *Nevada * In September 2015, Nevada Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt sent a letter to Nevada Planned Parenthood facilities. Mentioning the videos, the letter asked the sites about their abortion procedures and also asked if they donate fetal tissue, as the AP reported <http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/sep/16/ag-laxalt-asks-nevada-planned-parenthood-about-abo/>. In December 2015, his office closed the investigation, saying that the facilities weren't performing surgical abortions and that there also wasn't evidence <http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/2/nevada-ag-closes-inquiry-into-planned-parenthood/> of tissue donation, according to the AP. *Ohio * In mid-July 2015, Ohio Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that he was launching an investigation into whether any Planned Parenthood clinics in the state were selling fetal parts <http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/07/mike_dewine_to_investigate_pla.html>, according to Cleveland.com. In December, the state released the investigation, revealing that there was no evidence of any such sales. However, investigators did find that fetal remains were disposed of via incinerators or landfills, which, while not illegal, DeWine claimed "violate[d] Ohio administrative code," as Cleveland.com reported <http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/12/aborted_fetal_remains_from_ohi.html>. (An Ohio Planned Parenthood official disputed his claim.) *Pennsylvania* In July, two Republican state legislators asked the state attorney general to investigate whether Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania was selling fetal tissue, Philly.com reported <http://articles.philly.com/2015-08-23/news/65743370_1_tissue-scarnati-federal-law>. In August, state Health Secretary Karen Murphy responded in a letter that there was no evidence that any Pennsylvania facilities were buying, selling or donating fetal tissue, as The Hill reports <http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/251664-pennsylvania-becomes-fifth-state-to-find-no-planned-parenthood-wrongdoing> . *South Dakota* In July 2015, Republican state Attorney General Marty Jackley instructed the state Health Department to investigate whether fetal tissue sales were occurring at Planned Parenthood, the AP reported. On Aug. 11, 2015, Jackley told the Associated Press <http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/11/health-department-no-evidence-of-fetal-tissue-sale/> that "there are no reports, complaints or inspection records that would demonstrate any evidence (of) illegal activity in South Dakota at this time." *Washington * In late July 2015, 34 Republican lawmakers wrote a letter asking Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate whether the state's Planned Parenthood clinics were selling fetal parts, the Seattle Times reported <http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gop-lawmakers-want-state-to-investigate-planned-parenthood/>. In November, Ferguson reported <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/28a64d02479d9d79402df2b20/files/AG_Ferguson_Memo_Re_Planned_Parenthood.pdf> that the state had found no evidence that the state's affiliates were selling fetal tissue <http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/state-ags-office-clears-washingtons-planned-parenthood-of-wrongdoing/>. Washington is home to one of only two clinics (the other being in California) that Planned Parenthood says <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/us/planned-parenthood-to-forgo-payment-for-fetal-tissue-programs.html> currently donate any fetal tissue to researchers. In addition, eight states (California, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Virginia) decided not to pursue investigations into the videos' allegations. On Monday, September 19, 2016 at 1:48:59 PM UTC-5, Travis wrote: > > > > Dr. Eowyn posted: "We are in the 21st century, but the president of > Equatorial Guinea is a cannibal. John Shammas reports for the UK Mirror, > Sept. 11, 2016, that Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 74, has ruled over Equatorial > Guinea since 1979. Nguema came to power by overthrowing" > Respond to this post by replying above this line > > New post on *Fellowship of the Minds* > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/author/eowyn2/> African dictator is a > cannibal; eats opponents’ testicles & brain > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/09/19/african-dictator-is-a-cannibal-eats-opponents-testicles-brain/> > by > Dr. Eowyn <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/author/eowyn2/> > > We are in the 21st century, but the president of Equatorial Guinea is a > cannibal. > > [image: equatorial-guinea-map] > <https://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/equatorial-guinea-map.gif> > > John Shammas reports for the UK *Mirror* > <http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/meet-teodoro-obiang-nguema-equatorial-8808273>, > > Sept. 11, 2016, that *Teodoro Obiang Nguema*, 74, has ruled over > Equatorial Guinea since 1979. > > Nguema came to power by overthrowing his uncle, Francisco Macias N'Guema, > who had Nguema's family murdered. > > Known as "torturer-in-chief," not only does Nguema torture and oppress his > political opponents, many say his depravity goes even deeper. They claim > Nguema is a cannibal who skins his opponents alive and devours their > testicles and brains as a way to boost his sexual prowess. > > Severo Moto, a political rival of Nguema, said in a 2004 interview with > Spanish radio: "He has just devoured a police commissioner. I say devoured > because this commissioner was buried without the testicles and the brain. > [He] wants me to go back to Guinea ... [so he can] eat my testicles." > > Having remained in power for almost 40 years, Nguema is said to > increasingly believe himself to have God-like powers. One of his former > advisors said: "He can decide to kill without anyone calling him to account > and without going to hell because it is God himself, with whom he is in > permanent contact and who gives him this strength." > > There are unconfirmed rumors that Nguema has prostate cancer. His son, > Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, 46, who serves as a vice president, would be > his natural successor. > > [image: president-teodoro-obiang-nguema-son] > <https://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/president-teodoro-obiang-nguema-son.jpg> > > By the way, Equatorial Guinea has the lowest average IQ in the world, of > 59, which means the average Equatorial Guinean is a moron (the definition > of "moron" is an IQ of 51 to 70). See "How smart or stupid is your > country? > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/10/11/how-smart-or-stupid-is-your-country/> > " > > There are other African cannibal dictators, including: > > - Idi Amin <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi_Amin>, who ruled Uganda > from 1971 to 1979, was reported to cannibalize the bodies of his political > opponents but kept their severed heads in refrigerators. After he was > deposed in 1979, he first fled to Libya, then Saudi Arabia where he lived > the last few years of his life, paid $30,000 a month by the Saudis > > <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-428628/Mad-Ugandan-dictators-son-reveals-Big-Daddy.html>, > > until his death in 2003 at age 78 from kidney failure. > - Jean-Bédel Bokassa > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-B%C3%A9del_Bokassa>, the leader of > the Central African Republic from 1966 to 1979, was also said to be a > cannibal. In 1977, emulating his hero Napoleon, he crowned himself emperor > of the Central African Empire in a ceremony costing $20 million (11.8m). > Overthrown by French troops in 1979, Bokassa went into exile in France > where he had a *château* and other property bought with the money he > had embezzled. He returned to the Central African Republic in 1986 and was > put on trial, found guilty of the murder of schoolchildren and oher > crimes, > but was cleared of charges of cannibalism. His death sentence was commuted > to life in solitary confinement, but was freed just six years later in > 1993. In 1996 he proclaimed himself the 13th Apostle and claims to have > had > secret meetings with the Pope. He died of heart attack few months later. > - Joshua Milton Blahyi > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Butt_Naked>, a tribal > priest-turned-army leader known as General Butt Naked (for going into > battle naked, believing that his nakedness protected him from bullets), > led > a mercenary unit during the First Liberian Civil war in 1989. (Liberia > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberia> was founded in 1847 by the > first "back to Africa" movement of American blacks.) Blahyi claimed he had > a vision in which he was told by the Devil that he would become a great > warrior and should practice human sacrifice and cannibalism to increase > his > power. He said in an interview with the *Seattle Post-Intelligencer > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Post-Intelligencer>*: > "Sometimes I would enter under the water where children were playing. I > would dive under the water, grab one, carry him under and break his neck. > Sometimes I'd cause accidents. Sometimes I'd just slaughter them." In > January 2008 Blahyi confessed to taking part in human sacrifices which > "included the killing of an innocent child and plucking out the heart, > which was divided into pieces for us to eat." In 1997, Blahyi converted to > Christianity and is now the president of the End Time Train Evangelistic > Ministries Inc, headquartered in Liberia. In the United States, Pastor > Robert Letner Jr. founded the Trilateral Church of the South based on > Blahyi's message of redemption and forgiveness. > > See also "Nigeria restaurant serves roasted human heads > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/01/nigeria-restaurant-serves-roasted-human-heads/> > ". > > We recoil in horror, as we should, at these reports of African > cannibalism, but what about the horrors that go on every day in Planned > Parenthood clinics across the U.S., where the body parts of aborted unborn > humans are sold for profit? Hmm? > > - More Planned Parenthood horrors on sale of aborted babies. > Warning: graphic > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/08/07/more-planned-parenthood-horrors-intact-baby-body-parts-for-sale/> > > - Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted human babies > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/07/14/planned-parenthood-sells-body-parts-of-aborted-human-beings/> > > - Second Planned Parenthood sting video: use ‘less crunchy’ abortion > method to get intact body parts for sale > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/07/21/second-planned-parenthood-sting-video-use-less-crunchy-abortion-method-to-get-intact-body-parts-for-sale/> > > - Companies that fund Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby > body parts > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/07/27/companies-that-fund-planned-parenthood/> > > - Planned Parenthood accepts donations earmarked for aborting > black babies > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/03/04/blacklivesdontmatter-planned-parenthood-accepts-donation-earmarked-for-aborting-black-babies/> > > - Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advisory Board says the abortion mill > “is doing God’s work” > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/08/05/planned-parenthoods-clergy-advisory-board-says-the-abortion-mill-is-doing-gods-work/> > > - Kansas Episcopal Church celebrates 42 years of abortion with > fundraiser for Planned Parenthood > > <https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/01/09/kansas-episcopal-church-celebrates-42-years-of-abortion-with-fundraiser-for-planned-parenthood/> > > > *~Eowyn* > *Dr. Eowyn <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/author/eowyn2/>* | September > 19, 2016 at 7:18 am | Tags: African cannibals > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=african-cannibals>, average IQ of > Equatorial Guinea > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=average-iq-of-equatorial-guinea>, > Equatorial > Guinea <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=equatorial-guinea>, Idi Amin > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=idi-amin>, Jean-Bédel Bokassa > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=jean-bedel-bokassa>, Joshua Milton > Blahyi <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=joshua-milton-blahyi>, > Liberia <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=liberia>, Planned > Parenthood harvests organs from live babies > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=planned-parenthood-harvests-organs-from-live-babies>, > > Severo Moto <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=severo-moto>, Teodoro > Nguema Obiang Mangue > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=teodoro-nguema-obiang-mangue>, Teodoro > Obiang Nguema <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?tag=teodoro-obiang-nguema> > | Categories: abortion <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?cat=13538>, crime > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?cat=34945349>, Evil > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?cat=35821819>, Planned Parenthood > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?cat=192136>, Race > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?cat=1871403>, United States > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/?cat=5850> | URL: http://wp.me/pKuKY-ztM > > Comment > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/09/19/african-dictator-is-a-cannibal-eats-opponents-testicles-brain/#respond> > > See all comments > <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/09/19/african-dictator-is-a-cannibal-eats-opponents-testicles-brain/#comments> > > > Unsubscribe > <https://subscribe.wordpress.com/?key=1d26f3d2707c7345915d8b297361ecf7&email=bovinescatologists%40gmail.com&b=LLuO58MoL%2C0afcOd1M%25-4uQgWF6%7C0CB%2F%2FgJ1D1Q3_BDvSyOsWtN> > > to no longer receive posts from Fellowship of the Minds. > Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions > <https://subscribe.wordpress.com/?key=1d26f3d2707c7345915d8b297361ecf7&email=bovinescatologists%40gmail.com>. > > > > *Trouble clicking?* Copy and paste this URL into your browser: > > http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/09/19/african-dictator-is-a-cannibal-eats-opponents-testicles-brain/ > > > Thanks for flying with WordPress.com <https://wordpress.com> > > > -- -- Thanks for being part of "PoliticalForum" at Google Groups. 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