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The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) is a voluntary association of elected Colorado legislators that formulates, supports, and communicates legislative actions and positions consistent with its vision and Declaration of Principles. Modeled after the Republican Study Committee of the U.S. Congress, the RSCC provides long range planning and continuity between legislative sessions, helps identify and prioritize content on issues supported by the RSCC, fosters better coordination with groups that support Republican core issues, and increases the potential for national and state-to-state sharing and coordination of legislative information.

Fetal Tissue Trafficking Hearing

The hearing was a great success, despite a lack of participation from Planned Parenthood and most state agencies. With a standing-room-only crowd, several TV cameras and eleven legislators, the informational hearing dug deep into the concerns and particulars of fetal tissue trafficking.

On Monday, November 9, 2015, the Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) sponsored an informational hearing at the Colorado State Capitol on fetal tissue trafficking. Witnesses included attorneys Michael Norton, Natalie Decker and Barry Arrington from Alliance Defending Freedom, bioethicist David Prentice from Charlotte Lozier Institute, forensic investigator John Mencer, and pregnancy center administrators Rick Thielen, Marcy McGovern, and Larry Smith.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado were all invited to testify but did not come. The Attorney General's office did appear before the committee (at the last minute). Because of those who declined to appear before the committee many questions remain unanswered, but several points were established.

For example, Planned Parenthood stated in the letter in which they declined to attend that they do "not participate in the collection or transfer of fetal tissue", yet the committee viewed a video of Planned Parenthood's Dr. Ginde negotiating the sale and transfer of fetal tissue.

Despite Planned Parenthood saying (as reported by the Grand Junction Sentinel) that the videos were "...sham videos that have been debunked repeatedly here and nationally," professional forensic expert John Mencer confirmed that the videos accurately record the conversations held with Planned Parenthood personnel.

The hearing was a success in opening the discussion concerning the use of fetal tissue in research in the state of Colorado. However with questions still left unanswered, and departments unwilling to fully investigate, the Legislature has more work to do.

Republican Study Committee of Colorado
Committee Agenda
Colorado State Capitol, Senate Committee Room 356
9:00 a.m., November 9, 2015

1. Introductions
2. Natalie L. Decker, Alliance Defending Freedom reviews federal laws regarding fetal tissue trafficking and efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
3. LSS report on Colorado law concerning fetal tissue trafficking and funding for abortion.
4. Dr. David Prentice, Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute.
5. Attorney Barry Arrington reports on McIntyre v. Colorado Christian University lawsuit.
6. Chair presents letters of invitation to Colorado State University and Colorado University and responses to invitations.
7. Michael J. Norton, Alliance Defending Freedom, to testify about various inquiries by elected officials, responses from state agencies and investigations into clinic activities.

Break for lunch

8. Chair presents letters of invitation to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood and responses Thereto.
9. Panel of caring pregnancy center personnel.
10. John Mencer, forensics expert of Coalfire Government Systems, presents summary regarding CMP videos.
11. Michael J. Norton, Alliance Defending Freedom, to present summary testimony on Planned Parenthood funding, violations of laws, and recommended course of legislative action.
12. Legislators present 2016 legislative proposals and wrap-up.

To read full hearing notes, click here.

Fetal tissue trafficking is a practice which far too many public officials try to ignore. Many questions still remain, including:

1. When will the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) formulate rules for fetal tissue trafficking, as they are authorized to do in C.R.S. 25-2-111.5 (4)?

2. On October 29, 2015, Planned Parenthood's law firm stated: "Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains does not participate in the collection or transfer of fetal tissue..." However in light of the fact that Stem Express has advertised Planned Parenthood as a primary source of their fetal tissue, has Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains ever provided fetal tissue to any organization like Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) or Stem Express? Will Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains commit to never participate in the collection or transfer of fetal tissue?

3. How much money does Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains collect from the state government treasury?

4. What prevents the public funds appropriated to Planned Parenthood from being used indirectly for abortions, which is a clear violation of Article V, Section 50 of the Colorado Constitution? What safeguards, if any, are in place to prevent any state government funds which do go to Planned Parenthood from being used directly or indirectly for abortions?

5. The University of Colorado confirmed that they do have a research project using Human Fetal Astrocytes (a type of brain cell). From 2010 to 2015 Advanced Bioscience Resources has received $96,945 from CSU. (note: In February of 2016 CU admitted they had another research project using fetal tissue which was purchased from ABR).

- Were the payments from CSU for fetal tissue?
- According to the CSU Bio-ethics Advisory Committee report, CSU has adopted a policy of using fetal tissue when necessary. Does CU have any such policy?
- Have the governing boards for either institution considered establishing policies concerning the use of fetal tissue?

6. Has CSU or CU ever asked the core question: is it ethical to conduct any research experiments with any parts of babies who have been aborted through elective abortion procedures?

7. What statutory authority does the Attorney General need to have the authority to investigate fetal tissue trafficking?

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