In the summer of 2015, a group called the Center for Medical Progress (which is anything but) began releasing a series of videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood “sells aborted baby parts” for profit.
Those videos have been repeatedly debunked:
– They show no clear evidence of illegality;
– They use highly-edited, deceptive clips;
– The “key witness” is a third-party technician who never worked for Planned Parenthood and who provided no evidence of illegality.
“The New York Times,” representing mainstream media, discredited the videos, referring to “right-wing media’s phony outrage”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAq_lhZG1tU
Nevertheless, armed with this misinformation, Texas has staged such a forceful campaign against Planned Parenthood that women’s rights advocates call Texas Governor Greg Abbott “public enemy number one for women in Texas.”
In late October 2015, Texas canceled all Medicaid contracts with affiliates of Planned Parenthood, accusing the organization of no longer “performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner,” based on the discredited videos.
Three days later, Texas authorities raided Planned Parenthood facilities in Brownsville, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, seeking documentation of donated fetal tissue in the past 5 years. Better yet, in San Antonio, officials and a reporter simultaneously arrived at Planned Parenthood, as the raid provided political grandstanding and photo ops.
What dastardly fetus-peddling evidence did the raids uncover? None. The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas understandably believes “This is an excuse to take healthcare away from thousands of women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood for preventive care.”
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