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Published On: Mon, Jul 20th, 2015

ABC, CBS, NBC avoid Planned Parenthood ‘organ trafficking’ scandal in their coverage

The Center for Medical Progress released a shocking undercover video in which a senior official at Planned Parenthood discussed the organization’s practice of manipulating an abortion to salvage baby parts to be sold for medical research, but ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN all ignored the story during their Sunday morning political talk shows (ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union and NBC’s Meet the Press).

Fox News Sunday was the only one to cover Planned Parenthood during its broadcast, and devoted more than seven minutes to the controversial video.

Instead of covering Planned Parenthood, the four shows spent nearly a full hour on Donald Trump attacking John McCain’s military record and the likely political fallout tied to his remarks.

photo/Piotr VaGla Waglowski, http://www.vagla.pl

photo/Piotr VaGla Waglowski, http://www.vagla.pl

Fox News Sunday moderator Chris Wallace called the undercover video “explosive” and it’s “horrifying to watch that doctor sitting there sipping her wine, eating her salad while she talks in these terms.”

Heritage Action’s Michael Needham was much more blunt in his reaction to the Planned Parenthood video as he stressed “this is what happens when you have a culture that says life is not intrinsically valuable.”

Needham argued that this video was so horrifying that it may cause some pro-choice advocates to reevaluate their support for Planned Parenthood.

“I think it’s going to cause a lot of pro-choice people to say you know what this is not what I signed up for and re-evaluate this because it’s horrifying, both the Gosnell story and what we see here. It’s horrifying what happens when you don’t accept the premise that life isn’t intrinsically valuable.”

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