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Does Planned Parenthood harvest body parts from aborted fetuses for medical experiments?

In July 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) began releasing a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and selling of fetal tissue procured from abortions with citizen journalists who were posing as representatives of a company seeking fetal tissue for medical experimentation. The videos included negotiations over the prices of various fetal organs, as well as descriptions of how the abortion procedure could be modified to maximize the quality of organs harvested — both possible violations of the law.

The tone of these conversations was so disturbing that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards issued a public apology, and later announced that, while the organization would continue to provide fetal tissue for medical experiments, they would no longer be accepting reimbursement for any costs involved.

Many mainstream media reporters and abortion advocates have attempted to dismiss the CMP videos, calling them “heavily edited.” However, aside from the fact that news agencies routinely edit footage acquired during investigations to highlight their key findings, CMP also publicly released the raw footage of their investigations to support their claims about Planned Parenthood’s role in harvesting and selling fetal tissue. Moreover, an independent analysis by the cybersecurity firm Coalfire Systems verified the authenticity of the CMP videos, an analysis accepted as conclusive by a federal court.


Center for Medical Progress. Investigative Footage. Accessed September 9. 2019. http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage.

Richards, Cecile. Letter to National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, October 13, 2015. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2455753/embargoed-ppfa-letter-to-nih-10-13-15.pdf.

Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood: Cecile Richards’ Official Video Response.” YouTube video. July 15, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZUjU4e4fUI.

Alliance Defending Freedom. “Forensic analysis confirms Planned Parenthood undercover videos were not manipulated.” September 29, 2015. http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9764.

DeSanctis, Alexandra. “Fifth Circuit Ruling Dismantles Planned Parenthood Talking Points.” National Review. January 17, 2019. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/fifth-circuit-ruling-dismantles-planned-parenthood-talking-points.

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