While an abortion clinic in Florida has apparently escaped state charges in the scandal involving the sale of aborted babies' body parts, it could still face federal scrutiny.
The U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives recommended criminal prosecution of different entities involved in the scandal that revealed through undercover videos by David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress. That video "sting" operation revealed that aborted babies were dissected and their parts sold allegedly for a profit, which violates federal law.
Among the abortuaries involved was the Presidential Women's Center in West Palm Beach, Florida – but Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue says the state attorney general apparently won't prosecute.
"[It appears that] this particular abortion clinic ... will have their case dismissed and get off scot-free, even though they did participate in trading in aborted baby remains that is now illegal in the state of Florida," Sullenger explains.
In 2016, the Florida legislature banned the sale of aborted baby parts. "[The Presidential Women's Center] just did it before the law change," the pro-life spokeswoman adds.
According to Sullenger, federal laws may have been violated. "If [the case] had been sent to the Department of HHS, they could have investigated this abortion clinic for HIPPA violations, because it's our understanding that private patient information was shared so that the company that was buying the tissue would understand the woman's medical background," she adds.
The HIPPA law prohibits sharing of that private information.
Meanwhile, other entities named by the congressional panel have yet to hear whether they will be prosecuted.