Planned Parenthood Attacks Are A ‘Campaign Of Deception’ Says The New York Times

The anti-abortion crowd has been all worked up in recent days over the video released by the Center For Medical Progress that purports to show that Planned Parenthood sold body parts of aborted babies for profit. This, in turn, gave Republicans in Congress a fresh chance to go after one of their favorite targets.

Following the release of the nine minute video clip, Republican politicians began lining up to attack Planned Parenthood. But Salon reported that many Republicans had been aware of, or had even seen, the video long before the group released it to the public.

So why did they wait for the video to be released? That’s a good question.

Now, as more media has begun to investigate the heavily edited video, questions about its validity are beginning to surface. In a scathing commentary, the editorial board of The New York Times is calling the whole affair a “campaign of deception.”

The Times editorial repeats what others have said: that the picture that emerges when you view the entire, unedited video, is quite different from the one presented in the excerpt that is making the rounds in right-wing (and other) media. For example, comments by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, where she explains that Planned Parenthood does not profit from tissue donation, were left out.

According to a letter sent to Republicans in Congress, the Center For Medical Progress has been involved in a long campaign to try to catch Planned Parenthood doing something illegal or unethical. Roger Evans, a Planned Parenthood lawyer, said in the letter that the head of the group, David Daleiden, formed a bogus company called Biomax Procurement Services, allegedly to trick Planned Parenthood employees. The company offered a Planned Parenthood affiliate $1,600 for fetal organs, but the affiliate refused.

Planned Parenthood is not the only organization involved in collecting fetal tissue; but it is the most high-profile. And it is the one that anti-abortion groups have had in their sights for years. Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood offers many important services to women, such as cancer screenings, “right to life” groups have continually focused on the abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides in a constant attempt to get Congress to defund it. This, despite the fact that federal funds cannot be used to pay for abortions.

The Times offers this assessment:

“The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal. Lawmakers responding by promoting their own anti-choice agenda are rewarding deception and putting women’s health and their constitutionally protected rights at risk.”

This is just the beginning of another dishonest attack by Republicans and their allies. Their war against science and medicine is ongoing and unrelenting. They know that the majority of Americans would reject their arguments if they presented them honestly. The New York Times calling out this newest Republican attempt to take down Planned Parenthood is something that should be repeated throughout the “so-called liberal media.”

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