Just as much as these videos are part of a highly orchestrated campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood, they were also part of an ongoing campaign to target and harass individual abortion providers and others connected with the safe and legal provision of abortion care.
The secretive anti-choice organization Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a second undercover video Tuesday. The group claims that the footage shows a Planned Parenthood official “haggling” over the price of fetal tissue.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), for example, was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he admitted to Roll Call.
Operatives from the sham company Center for Medical Progress, set up under questionable circumstances specifically to attack Planned Parenthood, appear to have used alcohol as a means toward getting providers to talk more freely.
The face behind the heavily edited, misleading video purporting to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells human tissue is fresh and young; it belongs to 26-year-old David Daleiden.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said this week that he does not believe abortion is a personal decision, once again shifting away from his previous, more nuanced stance on abortion.
The release of a video produced by anti-choice activists who claim that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal organs has led GOP lawmakers to call for congressional hearings and governors to call for investigations.
Both federal and state law allows providers to facilitate fetal tissue transplant and donation and even charge for the process, a point anti-abortion advocates would like to ignore. Planned Parenthood broke no laws.
Texas Attorney General and noted violator of state securities law Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that his office has launched “an official investigation into Planned Parenthood” after the release of a heavily edited video showing the organization’s senior medical director talking about fetal tissue donations for research.
Following the release of a heavily edited video, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that his office is investigating whether the state’s three Planned Parenthood centers broke the law.