The Center for Medical Progress released another “undercover” video on Tuesday showing a top Planned Parenthood doctor apparently haggling over the prices of fetal tissue specimens. A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood responded saying the video was produced by “discredited activists” and it “twists its meaning completely.”
The footage is the second such video released by the group in the last week. Planned Parenthood denounced the video released last week showing Deborah Nucatola, an executive at the organization, discussing costs associated with tissue donations as “heavily edited” and “absurd.”
The new “sting” video, which the group says was shot in February, opens with a clip of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards firmly stating that the organization does not profit from fetal tissue donations. It then cuts to undercover footage shot in a restaurant that shows Dr. Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s medical directors council, talking over lunch with a man and woman posing as executives of a startup for-profit company that connects researchers with fetal tissue donors.
The man and woman are heard asking some direct questions about costs to which Gatter replies with an explanation on Planned Parenthood’s internal mechanics for tissue donations before the topic of compensation comes up. When asked directly by the woman posing as an executive for the startup company about the cost for “intact tissue,” Gatter responds by asking what she’s “used to paying.” When pressed and told “don’t lowball it,” Gatter responds with “$75 a specimen.” Gatter goes on to note that the costs are associated with preserving and transporting the tissues, and aren’t geared to profits.
As The Daily Beast pointed out, the woman attempts to persuade Gatter to up her price, but Gatter initially resists.
As the discussion continues, Gatter admits “it’s been years since I talked about compensation,” and then is seen on video saying that she reserves the right to raise the price if she learns that Planned Parenthood affiliates are commanding bigger prices for donated specimens. She goes on to note that Planned Parenthood is not in it for the money, but quips near the end of the almost nine-minute video, “I want a Lamborghini,” — a remark seized on by some conservative sites.
According to Politico, Planned Parenthood fired back at the new video. In a statement, Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood’s VP of communications said, “This morning, another very heavily edited video was released by activists who have been widely discredited and who edited a video last week to twist its meaning completely and support false claims.” Ferrero added, “What we see on this tape is a woman who says ‘we’re not in it for the money,’ and that any money must be related to reimbursement costs.”
The new video comes just a day after Planned Parenthood sent a letter to Congress saying it’s long been a target of “extremists” and has been infiltrated many times and by groups other than The Center for Medical Progress, according to The Associated Press.
“A group of extremists who have intimidated women and doctors for years — in their agenda to ban abortion completely — are not ‘documenting’ misdeeds; they are trying to create them, quite unsuccessfully,” Planned Parenthood officials reportedly wrote in a letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Meanwhile, pro-choice rights continue to come under attack. On Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks into law. The law provides no exceptions for rape and incest and was criticized by Hillary Clinton as “dangerous” and “unacceptable.”
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