Planned Parenthood has released a report from an analysis it commissioned of fi of the videos that have been released by an anti-abortion group alleging it has illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood hired Washington-based Fusion GPS, co-founded by former Wall Street Journal investigative reporter Glenn Simpson, to study the first five undercover videos recorded by two activists posing as representatives of a firm interested in buying tissue for researchers and universities.
The group found evidence that the purportedly full versions of those videos had been manipulated.
“The full footage [Center for Medical Progress] tapes were in fact missing large sections which, we can’t tell you why they’re missing large sections, we can only tell you that they are missing large sections,” said Simpson.
“Any time someone has made undisclosed changes to an audio or video file, that renders the file unreliable,” said Simpson.
Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood, Dawn Laguens, said the videos were altered to make the accusations against her organization and to make its staff sound callous.
“We have said all along, these are tough topics and visuals for many people under any circumstances, but the point of this call is that what we are able, through this analysis and Glenn’s independent look at this, is revealing that the tapes are not an accurate record of what happened and that in fact they are made to sound like they are talking about things they are not even talking about, and to be put in the worst light,” said Laguens. “What they are trying to do is cause maximum damage.”
The release of those videos has spawned investigations at the federal level and in several states. In Missouri, committees in both chambers of the General Assembly and the Attorney General’s office are all conducting investigations of Planned Parenthood’s operations.
The chairman of the Senate committee, Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), said the report released today by Planned Parenthood changes nothing.
“Their own experts found that there was no audio manipulation, and I think the fact that Planned Parenthood isn’t denying what’s in there, they’re just trying to deflect or change the subject, I think that clearly implies that they know that those statements are accurate. They’re not denying it,” said Schaefer.
Schaefer said his committee will keep looking for evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood or by state agencies or the University of Missouri, in the resumption of abortions in Columbia.
One of CMP’s activists, David Daleiden, in a statement on the organization’s website, said the report finding fault in his videos is a “failure.”
“The absence of bathroom break and waiting periods between meetings does not change the hours of dialogue with top-level Planned Parenthood executives eager to manipulate abortion procedures to high-quality baby parts for financially profitable sale,” wrote Daleiden.