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  • 4 More Deceptive Edits In The Fifth Video Attempting To Smear Planned Parenthood

    Whole Sentences Removed In False Attack On Texas Planned Parenthood


    The Center for Medical Progress' fifth undercover video attempting to smear Planned Parenthood using deceptively-edited footage again falls flat. The video claims to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing changes to procedures to accommodate tissue donation, but the full, unedited transcript reveals that portions of sentences and extensive discussion of patient safety protocols were edited out to mislead viewers.

  • CNN's Camerota Suggests Debunked Videos Attempting To Smear Planned Parenthood May Be Legitimate


    CNN's Alisyn Camerota pointed to deceptively edited videos and transcripts from the anti-choice group The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) to question whether "something unscrupulous" may be happening at Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that fact-checkers, media outlets, and state investigations have all concluded the videos mislead about Planned Parenthood's legal donation of fetal tissue.

  • Indiana Clears Planned Parenthood Of Wrongdoing In Investigation Sparked By Deceptively-Edited Videos

    UPDATE: Massachusetts Also Finds Planned Parenthood To Be "Fully Compliant" With The Law

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    The Indiana State Department of Health found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood clinics in the state in regards to the handling of fetal tissue donations after an investigation sparked by a shady anti-choice organization's heavily edited videos was completed.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence -- a Republican who has long championed efforts to defund Planned Parenthood -- ordered an investigation by the Indiana State Department of Health in cooperation with the state's Office of the Attorney General on July 16, citing "the recent video referencing Planned Parenthood's alleged trafficking of aborted fetal tissue." The move came just days after The Center for Medical Progress released a deceptive video claiming that Planned Parenthood was "selling aborted baby parts" that was roundly called out by the media for "show[ing] nothing illegal" and having selectively edited footage. The investigation was launched despite the fact Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky "does not participate in any tissue donation program."  

    On July 30, Indiana officially cleared Planned Parenthood clinics in the state of wrongdoing, finding "no evidence of any laws being broken" in the handling of fetal tissue, according to an Associated Press report. Pointing to letters from the Indiana Department of Health to the clinics investigated which stated that the agency was "unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations" the report noted that "the complaint is closed":

    The Indiana Department of Health said in a statement Thursday that an investigation found no evidence of any laws being broken. Health department inspectors investigated the Indiana facilities on July 21.

    Letters from the health department to the three Indiana facilities dated Tuesday and released to the media by Planned Parenthood said the agency had completed its investigation into the Planned Parenthood facilities that perform abortions in Indiana. The letters said the agency was "unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations. Therefore, no deficiencies were cited." The letters say the complaint is closed.

    The state has the authority to license and regulate abortion clinics and to inspect them, the Health Department said. Federal law prohibits the buying and selling of human body parts or trafficking in tissue from an aborted fetus.

    Indiana's findings further underscore the flimsy nature of The Center for Medical Progress' claims and reinforce the fact Planned Parenthood has simply been discussing legal reimbursement for fetal tissue donation.

    UPDATE: On July 29, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that they had also "found no evidence that" Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state were participating in fetal tissue donation programs and that the organization's health centers are "are fully compliant with state and federal laws regarding the disposition of fetal tissue ... There is no evidence that PPLM is involved in any way in the buying or selling of tissue." The investigation was requested by state Representative James L. Lyons Jr. (R), who called for an examination of Planned Parenthood based on the Center for Medical Progress' deceptively-edited undercover videos.

  • The Fourth Video Attacking Planned Parenthood Is Also Full Of Doctored Footage

    Transcript Reveals Undercover Actors Admitting PPFA Doesn't Sell Tissue


    The Center for Medical Progress' fourth attempt to smear Planned Parenthood -- by using deceptively-edited videos to falsely claim clinics are "negotiating a fetal body parts deal" -- once again falls flat, providing no evidence that any laws were broken. Transcript of the full, undoctored footage reveals staff at a Planned Parenthood Colorado affiliate simply discussing legal reimbursements for safe donations, and reveals that the undercover actors admitted they were the "middlemen" who stood to potentially make a profit from selling tissue -- not Planned Parenthood itself.

  • 7 Things Media Should Know About The Third Undercover Attempt To Smear Planned Parenthood


    A third video deceptively attacking Planned Parenthood has been released, and, like the previous two, the highly-edited video shows no evidence that Planned Parenthood clinics have broken any laws by allowing women to voluntarily and safely donate fetal tissue from abortions. Media should know seven key facts about the video, including that the group behind it may have obtained the footage illegally; that the video features a lab technician who admits PPFA only receives legal reimbursement for actual costs; and that the video is largely about a separate for-profit research tissue supply company.

  • Fox Correspondent Says He Searched The Planned Parenthood Website To Price Fetal Baby Parts

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    "How much for this body part?"

    Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy says he sought the answer to that question on Planned Parenthood's website, parroting debunked allegations from deceptively edited videos claiming that Planned Parenthood sells "fetal baby parts." In reality, the videos show no wrong-doing, as Planned Parenthood only donates fetal tissue with consent to important scientific research, and the money exchanged for the donations is both legal and solely to cover costs.

    This month The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has released two deceptively cut videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials "haggling over" prices for the sale of fetal tissue. The latest video, released on July 21, claims to catch an official offering to change abortion procedure techniques "to get more intact fetuses" in exchange for more money. But both videos have been deceptively edited to leave out crucial context that debunks the notion that the reproductive health provider sells fetal tissue for profit. 

    Yet Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy parroted the bogus talking points to attack Planned Parenthood on the July 21 edition of Special Report. Doocy went so far as to claim that he searched the non-profit's website for "fetal baby part prices," but was unable to find them because the sale is a "well-kept secret":

    DOOCY: The debate about abortion is usually 'when does life start.' But tonight the debate is 'how much for this body part.' With one Planned Parenthood executive hoping it's enough for a fancy new car.


    DOOCY: I've searched the Planned Parenthood website for fetal baby part prices but can't find them. Because until these videos came out, these transactions had been Planned Parenthood's well-kept secret.

    Doocy's allegations demonstrate that even Special Report, the network's flagship news program, is willing to hype dangerous and false rhetoric from an organization with ties to extremist and violent groups.

    Media and factcheckers quickly denounced CMP's original edited video, as the full footage contradicts the allegation that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue, and even the edited portion "shows nothing illegal." Instead, the video "repeatedly [says Planned Parenthood's] clinics want to cover their costs, not make money when donating fetal tissue" for scientific research, as pointed out, and quoting a "biorepository" expert, they write that "[t]here's no way there's a profit" made on the donations based on the prices discussed in the videos.

    What's more, the research enabled by fetal tissue donation is a critical tool for fighting a number of diseases, as The New York Times explained in an editorial blasting the shady anti-choice organization and those championing their false claims:

    Researchers use fetal tissue to study and develop treatments for diseases and conditions like H.I.V., hepatitis, congenital heart defects, retinal degeneration and Parkinson's. Last year, the National Institutes of Health gave $76 million in grants for fetal tissue research. Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only collector of fetal tissue -- clinics associated with universities also supply tissue for research.

    The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal.

  • NY Times Editorial Board Calls Out "Campaign Of Deception Against Planned Parenthood"

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    The New York Times called out the "campaign of deception" behind the Center for Medical Progress' selectively edited videos attacking Planned Parenthood and accusing them of selling "baby parts," as well as conservatives' efforts to exploit the media frenzy to defund the organization.

    On July 21 anti-choice conservative group The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a deceptively cut video claiming to have recorded a Planned Parenthood official "haggling over" prices for fetal tissue donations and offering to change procedure techniques "to get more intact fetuses." A previous undercover video from CMP purported to show another Planned Parenthood official on tape discussing prices for the sale of fetal tissue. Both videos have been deceptively edited to leave out crucial context which debunks both claims.

    Right-wing media seized on the videos to attack Democratic candidates, call for an FBI investigation into Planned Parenthood, and accuse the organization of "celebrating its practice of harvesting the organs of aborted fetuses for money." Despite the fact that the original "shady video" was quickly denounced in mainstream media for "show[ing] nothing illegal,"Republicans are trying to capitalize on right-wing media's phony outrage to defund Planned Parenthood and fundraise for presidential campaigns. 

    The Times blasted those "howling to defund Planned Parenthood," in a July 22 editorial, arguing they "care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women's reproductive rights anyway they can." Pointing to the deceptive edits and missing context left out of the video, the editors wrote that "clearly, the shorter version [of the video] was edited to eliminate statements" about how the organization doesn't profit from fetal tissue donation. The editorial went on to explain that the research enabled by fetal tissue donation is a critical tool for fighting a number of diseases and Planned Parenthood is just one of a number of organizations contributing to the effort:

    The full video of the lunch meeting, over two hours long and released by the Center for Medical Progress after complaints by Planned Parenthood, shows something very different from what these critics claim. Clearly, the shorter version was edited to eliminate statements by Dr. Nucatola explaining that Planned Parenthood does not profit from tissue donation, which requires the clear consent of the patient. Planned Parenthood affiliates only accept money -- between $30 and $100 per specimen, according to Dr. Nucatola -- to cover costs associated with collecting and transporting the tissue. "This is not something with any revenue stream that affiliates are looking at," she said. Under federal law, facilities may be reimbursed for costs associated with fetal tissue donation, like transportation and storage.


    Researchers use fetal tissue to study and develop treatments for diseases and conditions like H.I.V., hepatitis, congenital heart defects, retinal degeneration and Parkinson's. Last year, the National Institutes of Health gave $76 million in grants for fetal tissue research. Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only collector of fetal tissue -- clinics associated with universities also supply tissue for research.

    The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal. Lawmakers responding by promoting their own anti-choice agenda are rewarding deception and putting women's health and their constitutionally protected rights at risk.

    The Times editorial comes just hours after Fox News' Kirsten Powers penned a USA Today column titled "Crush Planned Planned Parenthood." Powers claimed that "[i]t's a measure of how damning the video is that Planned Parenthood's usual defenders were nowhere to be found. There was total silence from The New York Times editorial board and their 10 (out of 11) pro-abortion rights columnists."

  • Latest Video Attacking Planned Parenthood Full Of More Deceptive Edits


    In its latest deceptively edited video, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) claims to have caught a Planned Parenthood official "haggling" over the price of "baby parts" and agreeing to change abortion methods to aid the fetal tissue collection process. But the full video and transcript show the official confirming that any change in procedure is done pursuant to medical advice without additional risk to the patient, and that the compensation being discussed was about legal reimbursement for costs associated with tissue donation.