Republican U.S. congressional leaders have finally spoken on the viral video, which indirectly showed the selling of aborted fetus organs. They have launched an investigation against it, but according to the reproductive health group, the video is fabricated.
The video was recorded a year ago and on Tuesday, Center for Medical Progress released it to prove the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the illegal sale of fetuses. The video which was secretly recorded, showed Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood and suspected actors, who pretended to be buyers from an organic company, having a confab on the demand of aborted fetus’s body parts.
House Speaker John Boehner said that the appropriate congressional committees have been asked to look into “the grisly practices embraced by Planned Parenthood.” He further added that, “When an organization monetizes an unborn child – and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video – we must all act.”
Republican governors of Louisiana and Texas, have also taken action against it and have ordered an investigation.
However, Planned Parenthood has denied all allegations. It claims that no profit was made from the circulation of fetal tissue. It further said in a statement that none of the women donating fetal tissue have had a financial benefit and that, donation is being done within rules and regulations. According to them, all of this is an attempt of anti-abortion activists who simply want to harm their reputation.
A spokesman, Eric Ferrero, says in his statement, “These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn’t matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood.”
Planned Parenthood was further defended by Texas attorney, Steve Mostyn, who said that “The verbiage could have been different, but you don’t judge an organization by the words of one employee.” The attorney and his wife have also donated up to $1 million to Planned Parenthood in order to support their efforts.
According to specialists, fetal tissue has been in demand since 1990 because of its prominence in medical research. Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health, claims that “A few companies now collect the tissue, and they charge a lot for it. I’m not sure people who donate it realize that,” he added.
Many institutes and hospitals have been using human fetal tissue for research, such as National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the institute, it is being done “under its general legal authorities to conduct biomedical research to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.”