In her first major televised interview since a pair of “highly-deceptive” videos emerged trying to discredit her organization, the president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards appeared on ‘This Week’ on Sunday to discuss the orchestrated campaign.
“Planned Parenthood has broken no laws,” said Richards and explained how the “highly-edited videos” show no wrong-doing but are a clear attempt by the most extreme elements of the anti-abortion movement to undermine a women’s right to choose. “We have the highest standards,” she said of her non-profit organization. “The care and health care and safety of our patients is our most important priority.”
As Common Dreams previously reported, the shadowy anti-choice group behind the effort, the Center for Medical Progress, used hidden cameras and fake interviews to make spurious and unsubstantiated claims that Planned Parenthood was involved in the illegal selling of human tissue obtained while performing late-term abortions. However, the full video provides no evidence that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit, as many—including the organization itself—have noted.
As Richards reiterated on Sunday, “The folks behind this, in fact, are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind, you know, the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes, and in their—in their churches. That’s what actually needs to be—to be looked at.”
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In a detailed letter to sent to lawmakers in Washington, DC last week, Planned Parenthood detailed the continuing harrassment it has faced from anti-choice outfits like the Center for Medical Progress and others. On the specifics of the case involving the fraudulent videos, the group provided the following information in order to document the level of the deception:
Additionally, and based on initial analysis, Planned Parenthood believes that Daleiden may have thousands of hours of videotape that he will use to edit deceptively into short clips to make false claims, likely for many months. Among the areas that Planned Parenthood said it expects to see on tapes are:
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