Planned Parenthood: Organization Defends Fourth Video Released By Anti-Abortion Group
A fourth video that claims that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue was released by an anti-abortion group Thursday.
The latest footage, like the previous three videos, shows actors posing as researchers having a discussion with Dr. Savita Ginde.
Ginde served as medical director of the Planned Parenthood branch in Denver at least once.
According to Politico, the video shows Ginde saying that the contract on fetal tissue following an abortion should be in the “research vein” rather than a “business venture.”
“Because if you have someone in a really anti state that’s going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught,” she can be heard on the tape. She further says that she has had a discussion with the organization’s lawyer regarding how to avoid that situation.
“We talked to him in the beginning, you know. We were like, ‘We don’t want to get called on, you know, selling fetal parts across states,” Ginde said.
The release of the latest footage comes after a California judge, in the first legal response to the sting operation, banned the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) from releasing any more videos of any conversations with a separate tissue procurement company in that state, as reported by The Associated Press reports.
In a statement, CMP said that it will “contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights and suppress investigative journalism.”
Funding Received By Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood receives $500 million annually as part of its federal and state funding. It also rolled out a new advertisement that focuses on the variety of health services it offers.
The group’s president said that “these videos do not show anything illegal on Planned Parenthood’s part.”
“We want to acknowledge that hearing laboratory conversations about research out of context can be jarring, especially when the conversation is being manipulated for the purpose of attacking women’s health care,” Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said. “Nevertheless, this coordinated attack on women’s health will not deter us from providing essential reproductive health care and from advancing important medical research.”
After the release of the third video, Planned Parenthood executive vice president Dawn Laguens had said, “The opportunity to donate fetal tissue has been a source of comfort for many women who have chosen to donate. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our patients, and advocate for removing barriers to essential health care.”
Ginde, who has not been confirmed as a current employee by the Planned Parenthood officials, is listed on the medical website www.healthgrades.com as a specialist in Family Medicine at a Planned Parenthood in Denver.
According to Denver’s NBC affiliate, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Marie Logsden said, “We cannot verify the conversation that appears in that video, as we do not know how it has been edited. We encourage you not to treat the conversation that is seen on tape as if it has been validated.”
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