Planned Parenthood Fights Allegations

A video showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide fetal tissue for research has caused outrage and a fight from the organization. Abortion opponents use the video as evidence of Planned Parenthood's "selling baby parts," but the organization denies these claims. 

In a statement on its website, Planned Parenthood refers to opponents as "extremists" and calls the videos "highly political" with "at least 42 splices": 

"They are engaged in a fraud, and the claims they've made have been discredited and disproven. If there was any truth to these videos, the footage would be shared with a judge who would take the necessary steps to seize records and conduct an investigation.  Instead, the videos were shared with members of Congress in advance of being released to the public and then used in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate access to women's health care."

The Planned Parenthood website has additional statements, and Cecile Richards appeared before Congress to testify. 

Discussion Starters: 

  • Analyze the organization's statements on its website. What themes emerge? How would you describe the tone? 
  • In what ways do your own views of abortion affect how you read the organization's statements?