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Lawmakers call for probes into Planned Parenthood video allegations

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Lawmakers are calling for investigations into a health care provider that has come under fire by anti-abortion activists for allegedly selling fetal organs for profit.

The anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress claims that the Planned Parenthood foundation violated the law by selling the fetal tissue to medical researchers.

Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero vehemently denied the accusations, saying that the tissue in question was donated to medical research – not sold.

California right-to-die bill stalls on religious opposition and coercion fears

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The California "End of Life Options Act," otherwise known as SB 128 or "right to die," was pulled from a state's Assembly Committee on Health hearing Tuesday after the bill's lead authors said they need more time to convince colleagues struggling with the decision and may hold it until next year.

The bill would provide terminally ill and mentally competent patients who've exhausted all medical options to obtain a prescription for lethal medication, provided that two physicians sign off. Patients would need to affirm the request after a 15-day waiting period.

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