AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding the fifth video made public involving activities related to Planned Parenthood:
"A fifth undercover video has been released by the Center for Medical Progress discussing the gruesome and barbaric work of Planned Parenthood and what appears to be it's profiteering from selling body parts from aborted babies. In this video, taped at the Houston Planned Parenthood Center, the Gulf Coast Director of Research, Melissa Farrell, discusses selling entire aborted fetuses for profit.
"Her quote, 'If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget.'
"As a result, this morning I am asking Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to immediately initiate a criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood.
"We recently held a hearing in the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee to begin our own discovery of the facts involving this issue. Planned Parenthood did not accept an invitation to testify.
"This newest video makes it clear it is time for prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation in Harris County immediately."