The actions of the “Human Capital” project have certainly had a number of ramifications, including triggering a string of efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and stoking violence against abortion providers. But for those behind the project, it may prove to be more legal trouble than it was worth.
The videos were published on the YouTube channel of infamous Internet hacker Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer in coordination with Charles C. Johnson, the controversial conservative activist and publisher of GotNews.
The two bills passed Friday would “undermine access to comprehensive reproductive health care and criminalize the practice of medicine,” says the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
This marks the latest chapter in a decades-old strategy by the anti-choice movement to target specific abortion procedures.
Congressional Republicans are pushing legislation that seems designed to punish Planned Parenthood for fictitious crimes.
Congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood inspired by deceptive videos kicked off on Wednesday, with a hearing that featured no witnesses from either Planned Parenthood or the Center for Medical Progress.
Four House Democrats are calling for an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress as the group’s deceptively edited video attacking Planned Parenthood continues to fall apart under public scrutiny.
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.
The new version of the ban is likely to include changes to its controversial rape exception, but pro-choice advocates say that’s a red herring that ignores the reality of women’s health needs.
Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.