“Poisonous environment”

Planned Parenthood sues group behind anti-abortion undercover videos

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Planned Parenthood has filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday against the Center for Medical Progress, the anti-abortion activists who released heavily edited undercover videos to attack the family planning organization. The lawsuit claims that the organization violated the “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act” and committed fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording and trespassing in the process of filming these videos. The organization claims that the videos “created a poisonous environment” which threatened the security of its employees and providers. Beth Parker, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood’s California affiliates told reporters that “Planned Parenthood staff has been demonized, the providers have been threatened with death, picketed at their homes, bombarded with hate mail, and forced to move or go into hiding.”

The videos, which were released first in July and viewed millions of times, showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the “price” of fetal tissue. However, Planned Parenthood has insisted that it never sells, only sometimes donates fetal tissue of research — and the full, unedited videos show that the employees insist they don’t seek to profit from the donations, but only recover the costs of preserving and transporting the tissue. Several investigations of the organization also found no wrongdoing on the part of the organization.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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