By Right to Life of Michigan
The end of 2017 brought both good news and bad in the continual struggle to hold the abortion industry accountable for violating laws and regulations.
On December 7, the infamous “car trunk abortionist,” Michael Roth, received only a slap on the wrist for three felony convictions.
Roth, a longtime abortionist in Michigan, plead no contest on October 16 to three counts of larceny. Roth had a person steal drugs and medical equipment from his former employer, Eastland Women’s Center in Eastpointe, Michigan. It is suspected he was using these stolen items to perform abortions in people’s homes, which Roth has done in the past.
In September 2015, Roth was involved in an accident when his car struck at 31-year-old man with special needs. Police found the stolen items along with tissue from aborted babies.
Roth was facing other criminal charges, including identify theft and possession with intent to deliver schedule 2 narcotic Fentanyl, but those charges were inexplicably dismissed in June.
Roth’s final penalty for all of these violations was a paltry $798 fine and 18 months of probation.
Roth has already had his medical license suspended and it is likely he will never practice medicine again, but the injustice is gross. Can you imagine anyone else stealing a narcotic implicated in the current opioid crisis, perform surgeries at home, hit a man with his car, and spend zero time in jail?
Though the Roth decision was dispiriting, extremely good news was broken that same evening by the news website The Daly Beast: the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Following the release of undercover videos from David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress in 2015, Planned Parenthood went into public relations overdrive to distract about their alleged schemes to profit from selling the organs of aborted babies. Despite a mainstream media whitewash of Daleiden’s undercover videos, Congress held numerous hearings about the matter.
So far no additional news has been released regarding the investigation other than the fact that the Department of Justice has asked Congress to turn over their materials. Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have made multiple criminal referrals involving Planned Parenthood’s illegal sales of fetal tissue.
Just two days after the Planned Parenthood revelation, news broke that two California companies are being forced to shut down for their role in fetal tissue trafficking. DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics were successfully prosecuted in Orange County, California, and the terms of their settlement include a $7.7 million fine and admitting to breaking state and federal tissue trafficking prohibitions. Daleiden’s undercover videos are the only reason these companies were caught, and it was the Center for Medical Progress itself that filed the complaints. Unfortunately, for those two companies, they don’t hold the political or media sway of Planned Parenthood.
On December 11, it was announced that the FBI is investigating the University of New Mexico and an infamous abortion clinic in Albuquerque for fetal tissue trafficking. That’s two successful prosecutions and two open federal investigations based on these so-called “heavily edited” undercover videos. No longer can Planned Parenthood claim they’ve been “cleared.”
The Achilles heel of these investigations will be the personnel responsible for it. …In California and Texas pro-abortion government officials have even gone after Daleiden and a co-investigator, Sandra Merritt, rather than investigate Planned Parenthood.
In Michigan, abortionists also have a long history of skating by laws and regulations. Other people and organizations are expected to follow public health laws down to the last jot and tittle, but not the abortion industry. Often prolifers are able to make a difference, but it can take years of effort and commitment to see justice through even if it’s only partial justice in some cases.
Even more undercover footage about the abortion industry from David Daleiden is currently being blocked by a pro-abortion federal judge. These fetal trafficking scandals are not going away. We’ve just seen the tip of the iceberg.