Planned Parenthood Ends Fetal Tissue Sales

Women rally in support of Planned Parenthood on "National Pink Out Day" on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles Sept. 29. A House measure would give states the authority to defund Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo/Mario Anzuoni, Reuters)

The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America said on Oct. 13 that the organization’s clinics will no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue procured in abortions and provided to researchers. Cecile Richards said the decision was made “to completely debunk” a series of 11 videos released in recent weeks by the Center for Medical Progress showing physicians and others associated with Planned Parenthood describing the harvesting of fetal tissue and body parts during abortions at their clinics. The resulting controversy has prompted investigations by state and federal officials. Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million of its $1.3 billion annual budget from federal and state programs. “While Richards extols the wonderfulness of the nation’s largest abortion provider, it begs the question raised in House committee hearings: Why shouldn’t federal family planning money go to federally qualified health centers which don’t perform abortions?” said Dave Andrusko, editor of National Right to Life News.

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FRANCIS MCLAUGHLIN MR/MRS
2 years 8 months ago
Cecile Richards was wide of the mark in describing Planned Parenthood’s decision to end fetal tissue sales as completely debunking the content of the Center for Medical Progress videos. She ought to have described the decision as completely confirming the content of the videos.

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