Planned Parenthood And Fetal Tissue Sale: Manufactured Controversy And The Real Ethical Debate image

Health Affairs Blog, March 9, 2016
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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[...] Planned Parenthood received US $528 million of government money in 2014, much of it going to pay for services that include contraception and cancer screenings, which it provides largely to poor women. Abortions are only performed at about half of its 700 clinics, constituting approximately 3 percent of its services. Planned Parenthood says that at the time the videos were recorded its programs that provide fetal tissue to research facilities took place in only two states—California and Washington—at about only a half-dozen of its health centers. So right off the bat, when we talk about fetal tissue programs, we are talking about a very small part of what Planned Parenthood does.

Nevertheless, what, if anything, did Planned Parenthood do wrong in the videos shown by the Center for Medical Progress (and what a wonderful Orwellian name by the way!)? The videos show the Center’s David Daleiden using a fake identity (for which he has now been indicted) trying to lure Planned Parenthood staffers into talking about how money gets paid to abortion providers who take nominal reimbursements for moving body tissue from clinics to research facilities. Part of the video shows Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, telling undercover activists that tissues can be obtained for fees in the $30 to $100 range. [...]

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