Planned Parenthood alleges ‘smear’ in letter to Congress

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‘Sting’ Videos Of Planned Parenthood Are Totally Manipulated, Forensic Analysis Finds.

Planned Parenthood told Congress on Thursday that the organization’s physicians on rare occasions make adjustments to an abortion procedure if a patient wants to donate fetal material. In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses.The undercover Planned Parenthood videos that spurred a congressional investigation were so severely manipulated that they wouldn’t hold up in court, according to an analysis by three teams of forensic experts.WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordings unreliable for any official inquiry.

Planned Parenthood hired independent research firm Fusion GPS to investigate the validity of the first five “sting” videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group. The report supports the organization’s claims that the secretly recorded videos were distorted to misrepresent conversations employees had with anti-abortion activists posing as biomedical company employees interested in buying fetal tissue, Planned Parenthood said.

The letter, written by the organization’s president, Cecile Richards, comes as four congressional committees are pursuing investigations into allegations that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit, which is prohibited by law, and that it has changed its abortion procedures to extract better specimens. In one of the series of sting videos that has put the women’s health organization on the defensive since mid-July, a Planned Parenthood physician discusses in graphic terms how procedures may be adjusted to better facilitate tissue donation. Planned Parenthood has sent a report to Congress saying the videos that an anti-Planned Parenthood group has been putting out, hoping to have the organization defunded, have been highly edited.

The accusations stem from an elaborate undercover investigation by antiabortion activists, who recorded Planned Parenthood employees while posing as representatives of a tissue procurement company. A report by outside analysts commissioned by Planned Parenthood concluded the videos contained major gaps and were so altered that they couldn’t be used as legal evidence. He said the teams found that all of the videos analyzed — even the supposedly “full,” unedited footage the CMP released — were missing large sections of time and misleadingly altered so that separate conversations appeared to take place in an uninterrupted take. — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continued to withhold marriage licenses from local residents Thursday, a day after a federal appeals court upheld an order telling her to end her protest.

At issue is a federal law that prohibits abortion providers from profiting from the sale of fetal tissue, inducing someone to have an abortion to provide the tissue or altering the procedure in any way to harvest fetal tissue. But the CMP edited the videos into episodes that make it look as though Planned Parenthood is selling fetal parts for profit and changing abortion methods to deliver intact specimens.

Federal law prohibits physicians from actually switching the abortion method to facilitate donation when the tissue is used for federally funded fetal transplantation. The family planning provider strongly denies both charges, and five separate state investigations into Planned Parenthood have cleared the organization of any wrongdoing. Simpson said his team of experts found that the subtitles in the videos do not correspond to the actual dialogue, and that the CMP may have simply invented parts of the conversation when the recordings were too low-quality to determine what was really being said.

In one case, the video indicates that a technician said, “It’s a baby.” But those words cannot actually be heard in the video — the segment consists of incomprehensible background chatter. “In our view, CMP created the purported statement, ‘It’s a baby,’ either through transcription error or intentional fabrication,” Simpson wrote in the report. Four other affiliates have ended their programs since the videos were made public but once received reimbursements of $45 to $55 per specimen, she noted. “In every case, the affiliates report that these amounts were intended to recover only their costs, as allowed under the federal law and our guidance,” Richards wrote. — Vice President Joe Biden polls better nationally against the leading three Republican candidates than Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose email debacle may have created an opening for Mr.

But Richards urged congressional leaders to show restraint in scrutinizing her organization, stressing the forensic report’s findings that the videos have been heavily edited, delete important context, include inaccurately transcribed conversations and are missing footage. “The sensationalistic atmosphere the doctored videos seek to create is exactly the opposite of the reasoned and deliberate process President [Ronald] Reagan set in motion with the Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panel,” Richards wrote in reference to the panel that established federal fetal tissue laws. “The videos mislead rather than inform the public debate.” McCain, are already trying to defund the organization, while I haven’t heard ANY of them saying an independent examination of the unedited tapes should be done before any judgments are formed.

The activist who secretly recorded the video said in a statement that editing out bathroom breaks or waiting periods didn’t change the meaning of the dialogue. “Planned Parenthood’s desperate, 11th-hour attempt to pay their hand-picked ‘experts’ to distract from the crimes documented on video is a complete failure,” the center’s founder, David Daleiden, said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood’s abortion providers are far more honest about the brutal reality of their work than the paid political consultants at the national office.” Daleiden and his associates have sought to infiltrate Planned Parenthood affiliates and unsuccessfully to entrap Planned Parenthood physicians and staff for nearly three years,” Richards wrote. “Yet it is Planned Parenthood, not Mr. A 1993 law, which was supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and many other Republicans, explicitly allows for the kinds of reimbursements Planned Parenthood claims it receives.

NEW YORK — Univision CEO Randy Falco criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and praised news anchor Jorge Ramos, who was tossed out of a news conference Tuesday after Mr. Other states have launched probes in part to learn if fetal tissue is disposed of or provided for research in states other than California and Washington.

Also on Thursday, antiabortion groups and advocates, along with African-American pastors, called on the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., to remove a bust of Margaret Sanger, a birth-control advocate who in the 1920s founded a precursor to Planned Parenthood. Jerry Brown’s statewide mandate for cities to use 25 percent less water, officials said Thursday. … Apple has sent invitations to an event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where it’s expected to unveil the latest iPhone, a new Apple TV set-top box and other updated products.

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