Don’t Believe the Right-Wing Attack on Planned Parenthood

The Right is lying about Planned Parenthood once again. This might be their ugliest and most dishonest attack so far. In a video that’s been completely debunked by The Washington Post, a hired actor secretly records a conversation with a Planned Parenthood executive about fetal donations.

The actual discussion took place over hours, but The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-choice organization, edited the video down to eight minutes and twisted the footage to make it appear that Planned Parenthood is engaged in illegal tissue trafficking.

Informed citizens know that Planned Parenthood has always supported the scientific†community†to help families and allows women the choice to decide if they would like to donate tissue after having an abortion. This tissue is used in lifesaving medical research.

Naturally, anti-choice forces are doing their best to convince people something much more sinister is occurring. You can view the infuriatingly dishonest clip below.

Notice the description box has a note about an embargo. That’s because this video has existed and been secretly†distributed†to right-wing lawmakers for weeks in the interest of launching a coordinated attack against Planned Parenthood.

So far, it’s working. House Speaker John Boehner is already calling for investigations and trying to rope President Obama into the fake controversy.

As The Washington Post correctly points out, only 3 percent of services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortions at all, and the idea that they’re a front group for an illegal black market is absurd.†Petula Dvorak†writes:

“Women arenít being convinced to have abortions and then sell off the organs. Fetuses arenít being harvested for parts. And every one of those donations happens only if the woman consents to procedures that are perfectly legal.”

Planned Parenthood is attempting to prevent this from snowballing into Benghazi-level hysteria on the Right.

Cecile Richards released a short video today asserting that Planned Parenthood has done absolutely nothing illegal and apologized for the “tone” seen in the heavily-edited undercover video.

Planned Parenthood is one of the most important nonprofit organizations in the country. Countless†women rely on its†centers for everything from routine medical and cancer screenings to contraceptive care. And, of course, Planned Parenthood is the strongest voice for women’s reproductive rights in the United States.

That’s why the Right is attacking them. It’s not because they actually believe Planned Parenthood is a black market fetal shipping center; it’s because Planned Parenthood never stops standing up for women against those who wish to roll back their rights.

Republican leaders should be ashamed of the openly dishonest attack they’re launching on this organization, especially because it preys on the fears of every day Americans who often don’t have easy access to better information and don’t realize they’re being duped.

But those leaders should feel even worse about the way they continue to treat women as second-class citizens.

Thank goodness Planned Parenthood will weather this storm, as it always does, and keep fighting for all women.

Photo Credit: Planned Parenthood Federation of America via YouTube clip

210 comments

Jerome S
Jerome S1 years ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Heidi Werbrouck
Heidi W3 years ago

Well, mainly out of curiousity and because of being harassed by another member on this item, I watched this particular video.

Strange, isn't it, that you don't see dr Nucatola's face when talking about "selling body parts" and you do see her lips moving when she's discussing completely irrelevant things.
Very strange that the first woman appearing in the video, who finds it "unacceptable" is only filmed from the back when talking.

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm3 years ago

The lie, in this case, is that PP......... runs a tissue harvesting business for profit. First of all only 3% of what PP does has anything to do with abortions. Aside from that fact 98% of the abortions are done during the first trimester.
The fetus at that age doesn't even have all the organs formed yet. So they are apparently VERY VERY bad business people. They WASTE their time doing the other 97% that makes them NO profit. Then to top it off they get rid of 98% of potential tissue samples by doing the abortions too early. Talk about a farce.
This attack is utter and complete BULLSHIT.......Just like the Acorn attack and the Welfare attack. All built on complete utter bullshit!!

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Anita Merrigan
Anita Merrigan3 years ago

Jeaneen you are so right. A lot boils down to most things still being controlled by nasty old white men. Once we clear them out of the way, which will hopefully occur soon since they are dying off, things will hopefully get better.

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Jeaneen A.
Past Member 3 years ago

This is the same type of lies that was made up against Peta, the same fake movies, the same lies about what they are doing. Unfortunately there are ignorant people who believe them and this causes many hardships. Not donating to Peta makes it ok for NHI to keep torturing baby monkeys and conservatives to make up lies about Planned Parenthood. So the bad guys win and the women and animals suffer. I know Newkirk for years and she is totally devoted to saving all animals dogs and cats and wild animals, animal in labs and circus' and etc.

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Jeaneen A.
Past Member 3 years ago

People are believing these lies just like they believed in the lies abut Peta and the fake movies they made to make Peta look bad. You will always have stupid people who will believe in these lies. The Peta that know Peta and Newkirk. like myself knew these lies were just that lies. They are now attacking planned parenthood with the same means and people are believing it. PCRM are now under attack with lies, it is all doneby NHI and research labs. That is how they avoid admitting their cruel actions by making the good guys look bad. The conservatives are the bones attacking PP

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Jeaneen A.
Past Member 3 years ago

People are believing these lies just like they believed in the lies abut Peta and the fake movies they made to make Peta look bad. You will always have stupid people who will believe in these lies. The Peta that know Peta and Newkirk. like myself knew these lies were just that lies. They are now attacking planned parenthood with the same means and people are believing it. PCRM are now under attack with lies, it is all doneby NHI and research labs. That is how they avoid admitting their cruel actions by making the good guys look bad. The conservatives are the bones attacking PP

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