Planned Parenthood responds to controversial video, Goodlatte launches investigation
An anti-abortion group released a video some are calling controversial - which seems to show a Planned Parenthood executive talking about illegal practices.
The video was released and appears to show the executive of Planned Parenthood discussing how the company allegedly sells and profits from aborted fetus tissues.
The video has gotten so much attention that even Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte took notice. Wednesday, he announced the committee will conduct an investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood abortion doctors alter abortion procedures in order to harvest the organs and body parts of aborted fetuses for money.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee
have been committed to the preservation of human life,
including the lives of unborn children.
We will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn.
If doctors are practicing these procedures, they could face a felony charge while also violating medical ethics by altering normal abortion procedures so as to preserve the organs.
Planned Parenthood has countered, saying it donates tissue for scientific research, and only receives reimbursement for its expenses.
In response, Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, released this statement on the company's website.
"These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood.
Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned.
Our medical practices and guidelines in this area are clear, and we do this important work just like other high-quality health care providers --
with full, appropriate consent from patients, under the highest ethical and legal standards, and with no financial benefit for the patient or Planned Parenthood."
Meanwhile many pro-life and pro-choice advocates took to Twitter to express their opinions on the video.
Shorter Eric Ferrero: We crush babies under the highest ethical and legal standards.— Angela (@AngelaKG) July 15, 2015
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