Faced with hearing, Tennessee Planned Parenthood says it doesn't sell fetal tissue

In this 2013 file photo, Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville displays a knife during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as Sen. John Stevens of Huntingdon looks on. On Thursday, Bell and Rep. Jeremy Faison, chairmen of their respective House and Senate operations committees, said the panels will hold a joint "fact-finding" hearing next month to examine enforcement of Tennessee's law banning sales of aborted fetuses in the wake of a controversy over the issue regarding national Planned Parenthood.

NASHVILLE -- The chairmen of two House and Senate panels will hold a joint "fact-finding" hearing next month to examine enforcement of Tennessee's law banning sales of aborted fetuses in the wake of a controversy over the issue regarding national Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, and Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, said the meeting was spurred by the release of two videos by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group.

The video, according to Bell and Faison's release, allegedly shows "national-level executives of Planned Parenthood discussing prices for intact fetal specimens and methods to destroy a fetus without harming organs or tissues considered valuable for sale to vendors."

"The gruesome videos released by the Center for Medical Progress have implications at Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide, including those located here in Tennessee," said Bell, noting the panels intend to delve into Planned Parenthood operations in Tennessee.

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