Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Attacking Women's Rights the Planned Parenthood Video Was Yet Another Deception

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Attacking Women's Rights the Planned Parenthood Video Was Yet Another Deception

Article excerpt

Over the last two weeks, an organization calling itself the "Center for Medical Progress" has released heavily and deceptively edited videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing prices for the illegal sale of fetal tissue from abortion.

These accusations are false and outrageous.

The full, unedited videos make clear that Planned Parenthood actually facilitates tissue donation with full patient consent, at no financial benefit to the organization and in full compliance with the law.

Those are the facts, all of which conveniently were edited out of the video in order to mislead the public, which is part of a long- running and disturbing pattern by the group behind these attacks.

The video also conveyed the impression that all Planned Parenthood affiliates have tissue-donation programs. None of Planned Parenthood's Pennsylvania health centers provide this service.

Only a very small number of affiliates have programs to help women and families donate tissue to leading research institutions - research that has been done legally and ethically in the United States for decades.

For example, if not for fetal-tissue research, there would be no polio vaccine, which was developed from human fetal kidney cells in the 1950s.

Fetal-tissue and stem-cell research continues to contribute to groundbreaking research on treatments for a wide variety of diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and better understanding and prevention of maternal and fetal health conditions.

But claims that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation are simply not true.

In Pennsylvania, the state's Abortion Control Act prohibits fetal tissue sale and grants authority to the Department of Health to enforce that law.

Planned Parenthood's Pennsylvania affiliates follow all laws and have the highest medical and ethical standards, which is why we remain a trusted, high-quality, compassionate health care provider to the 100,000 people who visit our health centers every year. …

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