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Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

Planned Parenthood says videos are from ‘militant’ group, denies unedited content

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards appeared on This Week Sunday morning and defended the women’s health organization against undercover videos released in the past two weeks revealing officials attempting to sell fetal organs for profit, something group strongly denies.

“This has been a three-year, well-funded effort by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement of this country to entrap doctors,” Richards said.

“They were completely unsuccessful [at entrapping doctors], so now they’re using very highly edited videos, sensationalized videos, to try to impugn and smear the name of Planned Parenthood. They have zero credibility.”

Planned Parenthood supporters at protest 2011 photo/S. MiRK via wikimedia commons

Planned Parenthood supporters at protest 2011 photo/S. MiRK via wikimedia commons

Planned Parenthood states that the transfer of fetal tissue for medical research purposes does occur, but denied it sold body parts for profit or altered its procedures in any way to make the sales more viable.

“If there’s no financial benefit to the clinics, why are they haggling over the cost?” host George Stephanopoulos asked.

“They’re not,” Richards said. “The only people that are haggling in these videos are the undercover folks…It’s completely taken out of context.”

Richards repeatedly maintained that the clinics did not benefit financially from the sale of fetal tissue, stressing that Planned Parenthood was 100% non-profit and that any money that changed hands was merely to cover transport costs.

“This entire effort is a complete political smear campaign to cut off funding for basic health care for women in America,” she said.

Planned Parenthood also defends the decision of woman to allow fetal tissue to be sold, which she said was a rare transaction anyway.

“This isn’t something that should be criticized, this is laudable, that woman and their families choose to make fetal tissue donations in order to potentially save lives of other folks,” Richards said.

There are a few facts worth noting: full unedited videos were also released (editted versions were shortened for media outlets), the conversation in the video detailed how to procure body parts by manipulating the child before completing the abortion and there is no doubt that they misrepresented their services and their consent process.

 

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