Conservatives wonder: Why aren’t Planned Parenthood’s poll numbers falling?

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Abortion uproar in Missouri: Chris Koster clears Planned Parenthood but political group attacks medical research.

Rep. Missouri became the sixth state to find no wrongdoing in its investigation of Planned Parenthood — just as the organization’s president prepares to testify before a House committee Tuesday for the first time since an anti-abortion group released secretly recorded videos accusing the group of illegally profiting from fetal tissue. “As a result of our investigation, the Office of the Missouri Attorney General has found no evidence that that [Planned Parenthood] has engaged in unlawful disposal of fetal organs and tissue,” a report concluded.Inside the medical office, sandwiched between a dentist and a chiropractor and not far from the University of Central Florida, a nurse practitioner and medical assistants bustled from one exam room to the next.

Investigations in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and South Dakota have cleared the group, as well, and a seventh has declined to even open investigations, citing lack of evidence. Charles Rangel said. “We have come together on this issue for the salvation of our nation.” Rangel joined local Democrats and women’s advocates on the steps of City Hall on Monday to urge New Yorkers to reach out to their congressional leaders to fight for Planned Parenthood. She made the trip to Planned Parenthood, her first visit there, because she just had an annual check-up at another doctor’s office, but the doctor wouldn’t give her a prescription for birth control because she is single. Two long months had passed since the Center for Medical Progress started releasing undercover videos in which current and former Planned Parenthood employees described the grim economics of fetal tissue harvesting. This comes in the wake of undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists that accused the organization of selling fetal organs after abortions.

Chris Koster’s report released Monday said a review of more than 300 abortions performed in June found that all tissue had been properly incinerated. Planned Parenthood has denied the accusations and said the videos are misleading. “All of those tapes that they have been releasing drop by drop are doctored. The focus on health, education and preventing pregnancy gets lost in the debate about Planned Parenthood, which is singularly about abortion and filled with falsehoods.

That something else could be the third thing HB 297 does, albeit more quietly: It bans any state family planning money going to an organization that performs abortions, even if that money is going toward other purposes, such as pregnancy prevention or education. Such as the heavily edited undercover video that doesn’t show what the organization’s detractors claim it shows — Planned Parenthood attempting to make a profit from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood denies any wrongdoing, including allegations made in the videos, that it illegally altered abortion procedures to obtain better samples. I wonder what people intent on vilifying Planned Parenthood would think if they got to know someone like Catasus, who has talked with many women about adoption. Richard’s letter said no methods were changed but that doctors had occasionally made small “adjustments.” Investigators looked at how Planned Parenthood in the state disposes of fetal tissues after abortion, examining documents and conducting interviews, and found no irregularities.

On Tuesday, the same day of Richards’ testimony, Planned Parenthood will rally supporters in what it calls National Pink Out Day, with rallies planned in more than 90 cities and a social media campaign using the hashtags #standwithPP and #pinkout. The full poll, to be released today, will find that the group’s favorable rating is slightly up since the July release of the videos, from 45-30 percent favorable-unfavorable to 47-31 percent. Going into Tuesday’s 10 a.m. congressional hearing on the group, a well-hyped showdown between the GOP and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, the video campaign appears not to have shifted public opinion on federal defunding. “This is something the pro-life movement has been trying to educate people about for many years,” said Mallory Quigley, spokeswoman for the anti-abortion Susan B.

Then there’s the claim from Republican candidate Carly Fiorina of a video that shows a fully formed fetus moving on a table as a doctor talks about harvesting its brain. Kurt Schaefer, the committee chairman, never showed much interest in the fetal tissue allegations, even though that was the ostensible reason for forming the Senate’s “sanctity of life” committee. Anthony List. “I’ve seen polling that finds even some people who consider themselves pro-life don’t know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions.

The Columbia clinic proved to be a much more productive target for the ruthlessly ambitious Schaefer, a Republican who wants to replace Koster, a Democrat, as attorney general. For seven years, until 2015, more Americans told Gallup pollsters they were “pro-life” than “pro-choice.” Activists have credited even the omnipresence of social media, and the attendant photos of babies and sonograms, for building a culture of life.

This is a reprise of the stem cell wars of a decade or so ago, when extremist legislators and groups drove scientists away and harmed Missouri’s academic and research climates with their efforts to outlaw certain types of stem cell research. Steve King had worried about that. “When this emerged, I said, ‘Cut all funding and do it now,'” said King. “If we didn’t do that, we’d give Planned Parenthood a whole year to spend millions of dollars on PR and lobbying. Apparently empowered by the hysteria over the Planned Parenthood sting videos and Schaefer’s political witch hunt, Missouri Right to Life is reopening that ugly chapter. I wanted to do it like ACORN — that vote came so quickly that I think many Democrats came to a conviction that ACORN funding was a threat to their re-election.” No such phenomenon has subsumed Planned Parenthood. Republican messaging has been impeccable — female members at the head of the line to argue for defunding, the party fully committed to funding any “woman’s health” that is not Planned Parenthood.

Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), the party’s presidential candidates have insisted that it would be the fault of Barack Obama, not the GOP, if the government temporarily shut down over the funding issue. Yet the numbers haven’t moved. “Certainly, the debate’s come a long way,” said Quigley. “I don’t think Romney would have touched this with a ten-foot pole.

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