An Open Letter to Brian Frosh

September 30, 2015

The Honorable Brian E. Frosh
Attorney General of Maryland
St. Paul Plaza
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-6300

Dear Attorney General Frosh,

I want to commend you on your willingness to begin an investigation of Volkswagen. Any company that deceives American consumers and willingly violates our laws should face close scrutiny and be held accountable for their actions.

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But that forces me to ask the question: why won’t you hold all organizations to such a high standard?

As I’m sure you are aware. Planned Parenthood has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for their business practices. Investigations by the Center for Medical Progress shows that Planned Parenthood has been engaged in unethical and potentially illegal content. The videos (which are available in their unedited format here) show Planned Parenthood staffers discussing the organization’s efforts at harvesting parts from aborted babies and selling them for profit to the company Stem Express. Some of the activities depicted and discussed in these videos include:

  • “Custom abortions” to maximize the number of viable specimens;
  • Staff member discussions on the quality of aborted fetuses;
  • Killing a child that was born alive and survived the abortion process; and,
  • Discussion of how much income can be derived from selling these body parts.

The videos, of course, are extremely disturbing and heartbreaking.

The activity which the Center for Medical Progress alleges Planned Parenthood to have engaged in is illegal under federal law. Given the fact that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards admitted in Congressional testimony on September 29th that 86% of the organization’s revenue comes from abortion services, this is of grave concern to many Marylanders, myself included. If 86% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from abortion services, how was the money obtained? Did Planned Parenthood earn that money through illegal behavior? And how much, if any, of this activity took place in the state of Maryland?

There is little difference in the alleged activities of Planned Parenthood and the alleged activities of Volkswagen. However, you have chosen to investigate Volkswagen and not Planned Parenthood. Why?

I understand that the position of Attorney General is a political one. I also am fully aware that one of your largest political backers is Planned Parenthood, having defended them several times and appeared at several fundraisers for them. However, that does not absolve you of the responsibility of ensuring that an organization which has been accused of wrongdoing and receives taxpayer funds from the state of Maryland is operating in a legal and ethical manner. If Planned Parenthood is operating in an illegal manner in our state, we should know about it. The same holds true if they are operating in a legal manner.

On June 29, 2014, you told Marylanders “I will fight like hell for Justice.” So far, you have not lived up to that promise. Launching an investigation into Volkswagen, but not into a political ally like Planned Parenthood is not justice at all. It is political favoritism, and our people, our state, and our system of government suffer for it.

I urge you to do as you promised. I urge you to fight like hell for justice, and launch an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities in Maryland.


Brian Griffiths

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