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Three Big Lies Told About Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion radicals — from conservative politicians to extremist groups and individuals — are deliberately manufacturing false accusations in an attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood and to discredit, harass, and stigmatize women and their doctors. These attacks are nothing new.

The latest campaign against Planned Parenthood is based on a web of lies.

The deceptive videos produced to provide fodder for this shamelessly political attack are part of a long-term, highly orchestrated campaign designed to undermine safe and legal abortion care and target abortion providers.

Here is the truth: They are lying and jeopardizing the health and reproductive rights of millions of women across the country in the process.

And here are the three big lies:

Lie 1: The videos that purport to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue are chalked full of manipulated footage. The unedited videos totally discredit every claim made in the deceptive edits and definitively show that Planned Parenthood is acting legally and appropriately.

Lie 2: The shady anti-abortion group, the deceptively-named “Center for Medical Progress,” peddling these sham videos was set up by a thoroughly-discredited, conservative hack to facilitate this attack and may face criminal investigations.

Lie 3: Politicians calling for investigations into — and for the defunding of — Planned Parenthood are politicizing tissue donation to further their agendas. Tissue donated to medical research leads to lifesaving breakthroughs, treatments, and cures for serious diseases. As the New York Times Editorial Board wrote:

The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women’s reproductive rights any way they can...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.

Though anti-abortion politicians in Texas have already cut state funding for Planned Parenthood, Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton are among the state lawmakers spearheading this deceitful campaign.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards addressed these issues and more on Sunday. See the video below.