Planned Parenthood Footage Fiorina Described Doesn’t Exist — So a Super PAC Supporting Her Created It

At last week’s GOP debate, Carly Fiorina received a hefty boost in the polls after she passionately described a gruesome scene caught on film: a fully developed fetus laid out on a table, alive, as doctors plan to harvest it’s brain.

The problem is — that footage does not exist, so a PAC supporting her has created it.

In what became one of the most talked about moments of the republican debate, which sky-rocketed her to second place in the polls, Fiorina narrated this scene:

“As regards [to] Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'”

She then passionately called for the people to stand with her against the unspeakable horror she described:

“This is about the character of our nation, and if we won’t stand up and force president Obama to veto this bill , shame on us!”

The problem is, this boost was based on a lie, as this video simply does not exist.  In the entire 12 hours of heavily edited footage released by the “Center for Medical Progress,” an anti-abortion group, there is no such video, what-so-ever.

Unfortunately for Fiorina, even Fox News anchor Chris Wallace called her out:

“Do you acknowledge what every fact checker has found…that it was only described on the video…there is no actual footage that you just mentioned?”

Frantic not to lose the new momentum after being called out by the very network catering to her potential voters — the PAC supporting her campaign created it.

The PAC cobbled together Fiorina’s lying debate moment, bits of an unrelated interview from one of the CMP videos, along with a video from the Grantham Collection and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform — an anti-abortion group who will not disclose the circumstances or even what country or when the video was taken, as well as footage of a stillborn baby (which The Nation noted was used without permission of the parent).  The footage depicted in the one minute long ad is most certainly not, however, from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood reached out to the PAC on Wednesday, stating that the “fraudulent video is beneath a serious candidate for the presidency, and you should take it down immediately.”

They also sent a breakdown of the video, clip-by-clip, to The Nation:

 “:00 < Intro montage of media footage noting that the video Fiorina described at the debate does not exist :15 < image from debate :16 < Fiorina speaking at debate :22 < image from discredited Grantham Collection (which is likely not even a fetus, and is not at Planned Parenthood) with audio stripped and replaced with Fiorina voiceover from the debate :30 < Fiorina speaking at the debate :34 < same image from discredited Grantham Collection with audio stripped and replaced with voiceover from audio conversation with Novogenix Lab, taken from an unrelated Center for Medical Progress video :37 < image of a stillborn (used without that family’s permission), taken from an unrelated Center for Medical Progress video with audio stripped and replaced with voiceover from a Planned Parenthood staff member, taken from another unrelated Center for Medical Progress video :41 < former Stem Express worker Holly O’Donnell being interviewed, taken from a Center for Medical Progress video :45 < Fiorina speaking at debate :53 < image from debate Close: montage of marketing content”

Despite the fact that the campaign ad is a produced fictional horror movie, completely pieced together to create something that does not exist, it seems unlikely that those who refuse to acknowledge facts about Planned Parenthood will be swayed either way — and it will be Fiorina’s own gender who suffers for it.

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