Abbott orders investigation of use of tissue from abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered an investigation of the use of fetal tissue of abortions. That's after anti-abortion activists released an undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.

The activists contend the video released Tuesday reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Abbott called the video "unnerving and appalling." He says he has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to immediately investigate the alleged practice. That's in addition to a separate investigation ordered by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Both men are Republicans who have participated in efforts to tighten restrictions on access to abortions in Texas.

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