Progressives put up Planned Parenthood Smoke Screen

An anti-abortion group reportedly hacked Planned Parenthood, the women’s health organization that has been under scrutiny for recently released videos showing officials from the group casually discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The hackers reportedly obtained data such as employees’ email addresses.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) said they were investigating the breach.

“Extremists have broken laws, harassed our doctors and patients, produced hack videos, and now are claiming to have committed a gross invasion of privacy — one that, if true, could potentially put our staff members at risk,” she said.

But this is a smoke screen — after all, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said last week that the videos “raise questions,” while he largely defended the organization.

“These politically motivated videos raises questions, but nothing I’ve seen indicates that Planned Parenthood violated federal law,” Reid said.

Yet in a third video, recently leased by the Center for Medical Progress, undercover footage catches the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Savita Ginde, commenting, “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

Interestingly enough, PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in Nevada, Reid’s home state. In March of 2015, they issued a press release on their website thanking Reid.

“Nevada women and families are healthier and have better access to the care they need and deserve because of Senator Reid’s leadership,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of PPRM.

In the same release, Cecile Richards, PPFA president states, “Thanks to Senator Reid’s leadership, women across the country have access to no-copay birth control, better access to affordable, high-quality health care, and the many other benefits of the Affordable Care Act.”

However, in the same newly released video, a technician who worked for a company that partnered with Planned Parenthood to harvest baby parts said there’s “incentive to try and get the hard stuff ‘cause you’re going to get more money.”

“For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage,” said Holly O’Donnell, identified as a former procurement technician for Placerville, California’s StemExpress, “The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.”

Meanwhile Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed through a measure that will fund Planned Parenthood in its entirety. Over the last 10 years, Planned Parenthood has gotten more than $4 billion in state and federal government aid.

As the website, ‘Red State,’ rightfully points out: “The GOP is not on our side.”

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