Five GOP lawmakers on Monday asked Gov. Bill Haslam to step in immediately to order a series of emergency rules to govern how the state’s abortion clinics dispose of fetal remains, the Tennessean reports.
In a three-page letter to the governor, the senators also asked the governor to authorize an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into Planned Parenthood and the state’s other abortion providers to “determine whether and to what extent these clinics are engaged in activities in Tennessee that violate state law.”
Republican lawmakers in Tennessee and elsewhere have kept the spotlight on the issues raised in videos by the Center for Medical Progress, which itself is subject of a Department of Justice investigation.
“During the hearings, it became obvious that the Tennessee Department of Health cannot provide Tennesseans any assurance whatsoever that illegal selling of aborted baby parts is not taking place,” said Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Dickson.