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But the group behind the sting edited a three-hour meeting down to eight minutes of detailed medical description, then blasted it across the country proclaiming that they have evidence that Planned Parenthood is harvesting baby parts for profit.
Um, no — not even remotely.
Like the sting by a different group a few years ago, in which an actor pretending to be a pimp tried to frame Planned Parenthood as an operator in the child-sex trade, this shock attack comes up weak when faced with facts.
In parts of the video that were edited out, Nucatola makes it clear that Planned Parenthood makes no money from the fetal organs that are collected and shipped to medical labs for research on Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses.
The money Planned Parenthood gets — between $30 and $100 a shot — is used to cover the cost of storing and shipping the samples, according to Nucatola and a statement released by Planned Parenthood.
Yet immediately after the video, politicians jumped at the opportunity to capitalize on the nation’s collective shudder, especially House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who called for an investigation and asked the Obama administration “to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.”
[Investigations into Planned Parenthood after viral undercover video
The truth is, this video is nothing more than another one of those graphic abortion protest posters of mutilated fetuses waved at people and passing children on the street. Totally out of context and totally horrible.
Women aren’t being persuaded to have abortions and then sell the organs. Fetuses aren’t being harvested for parts. And every one of those donations happens only if the woman consents to legal procedures.
So why is all this energy being wasted on trying to condemn an organization that has been one of the last resorts in reproductive health issues for women for nearly 100 years of our history?
Only 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood performs are abortions — about 327,000 last year at its 700 centers. The bulk of the services — cancer screenings, pelvic exams, birth control — are provided to hundreds of thousands of women who would probably have a hard time affording them otherwise.
Planned Parenthood’s mission used to be supported by both Republicans and Democrats. But in 2011, government funding for the group’s non-abortion health services nearly derailed the entire federal budget.
[From the archives: House votes to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood
When Nixon funded Planned Parenthood, he saw the money as a way to keep people off welfare, saying that “no American woman should be denied access to family-planning assistance because of her economic condition.”
According to its own estimates, Planned Parenthood prevents more than half a million unintended pregnancies every year. You could say that makes it the nation’s biggest abortion foe.
After the sting video this week, the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Indiana and Georgia demanded investigations into the Planned Parenthood centers in their states. They couldn’t stand hearing the details of a legal medical procedure.
But it’s interesting that they can stand hearing another horrific fact: Texas and Louisiana have some of the country’s highest childhood poverty rates: Twenty-five percent of Texas children and 28 percent of kids in Louisiana are growing up dirt poor, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center.
How about a sting on behalf of those kids, already born and living in misery?