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Truth on Planned Parenthood case

From an editorial Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times:

An effort by Senate Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood failed Monday evening when a procedural measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed. Good. The bill, introduced in the wake of several undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing what the organization does with the tissue from aborted fetuses, was uncalled for, wrongheaded and a transparent case of partisan grandstanding.

The problem is, the measure could still be resurrected – possibly barnacled to some bigger, must-pass bill. And undoubtedly, more videos will show up online, from the anti-abortion group that made the others. So far, despite some casual and even irreverent remarks from Planned Parenthood officials in the videos they do not offer any credible evidence that Planned Parenthood profits by selling fetal tissue or does anything more than donate it for research purposes and then recoup its costs. That is not illegal or objectionable. Nor do the videos make a compelling case that Planned Parenthood is altering its abortion procedures to harvest more usable fetal tissue or organs.

Fetal tissue donation takes place at Planned Parenthood clinics in only three states and only with the consent of patients.

This bill was the latest maneuver in an ongoing political offensive against an organization that offers vital services to a huge, mostly lower-income population, simply because it provides safe, legal abortions.

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