Government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Health and Human Services (HHS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This comes after the department failed to comply with two August 10, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
They are seeking records related to contracts between the HHS Office of Population Affairs and Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director, Medical Services at Planned Parenthood. Specifically, they are looking for Dr. Nucatola’s paid work on the 2014 government report “Providing Quality Family Planning Services” for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Office of Population Affairs.
The controversial 2014 report recommends that providers provide abortion options, contraception (which includes potentially abortion-inducing drugs), and referrals to teenagers without parental consent.
Undercover videos by investigators with the Center with Medical Progress (CMP) caught Dr. Nucatola discussing the sale of tissue from aborted babies and how abortion techniques can be altered to preserve intact organs and limbs.
“The Obama administration is in cover-up mode on how it uses tax dollars to fund and promote Planned Parenthood’s anti-human ideology,” said Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president. “The Obama HHS won’t even respond to our simple Freedom of Information Act request for taxpayer-funded contracts with one of the nation’s leading abortionists caught red-handed discussing how to preserve the body parts of human beings killed by abortions so that those parts can be sold for higher prices. The Obama administration would rather violate the federal transparency law in order to protect taxpayer funding for activists and groups that traffic in body parts.”