Following the controversy over a series of four videos attacking Planned Parenthood for reportedly selling fetal tissue from abortions, the nonprofit organization is pushing back.
Like the three previous videos, the fourth edited video depicts actors posing as researchers talking to Dr. Savita Ginde, the Rocky Mountains’ vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood.
The fourth video also came from the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that is accusing Planned Parenthood of breaking the law by selling aborted fetal tissue, reports CNN.
The Center for Medical Progress may have also broken the law by posing as a company. Planned Parenthood denies doing anything illegal.
“We want to acknowledge that hearing laboratory conversations about research out of context can be jarring, especially when the conversation is being manipulated for the purpose of attacking women's health care,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
With the aid of a public relations firm, Planned Parenthood is launching an aggressive media strategy.
“We are doing anything we can to expose these extremists so they have less power and can't hide and sneak around so easily,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, told The Huffington Post.
Laguens said that the organization’s fundraising has spiked in the wake of the doctored videos attacking it, The Huffington Post reported.
“The benefit of having been a women’s health care provider for 99 years, and to being somebody who's been there in the lives of 1 in 5 American women, is that when people come after Planned Parenthood, people tend to not like that, and it actually has the opposite effect,” Laguens said.
Congressional Republicans introduced a bill to defund them by taking away federal aid. Senate Republicans plan to vote on it next week.
Planned Parenthood receives $528 million annually from the government, but it does not fund abortions; it subsidizes birth control, Pap tests and sexually transmitted disease treatments.
When Congress comes back into session in fall, it will have to decide how to fund the government, which may give Planned Parenthood opponents a chance to defund it.
Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz advocated for shutting the government down if it is necessary to defund Planned Parenthood. Eighteen House Republicans told GOP leadership they “cannot and will not support any funding resolution … that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood,” Politico reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also on board.