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Congresswoman Clarke Urges Investigation of Attack on Planned Parenthood

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris requesting an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress, which allegedly created a fraudulent limited liability corporation to record a meeting with a doctor from Planned Parenthood.

The letter – also signed by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler – describes allegations  that the Center for Medical Progress also used actors with false identification from the nonexistent human biologics company to secure the meeting, which appears to have been recorded with the consent of the doctor, as required by the laws of California.

“I am deeply concerned about the allegations that federal and state laws were violated in an attempt to attack Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical health care services to more than three million men and women each year, and that the attack was coordinated by conservative activists who want to discredit Planned Parenthood and its invaluable work. Planned Parenthood has been a leader in the effort to eliminate the disparities that exist in health care in the United States, by providing comprehensive medical services to individuals with Medicaid or without health insurance,” said Congresswoman Clarke. “Our federal laws and the laws of California prohibit false statements in the incorporation of a limited liability corporation, false impersonation to obtain an improper benefit, and the recording of conversations without express consent. I urge  Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Honorable Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California, to initiate a full investigation into this incident to determine if any fraud or other illegal activities were committed.”

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House of Representatives, a member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as well as the Committee on Ethics and the Committee of Small Business. She represents many neighborhoods in central and southern Brooklyn, NY which include Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, parts of Park Slope and Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace.