August 3, 2015 — More states have called for investigations into Planned Parenthood following the release of misleading videos targeting the organization, CQ News reports (Evans, CQ News, 7/31).
The videos, which depict Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donation, were released by an antiabortion-rights group called the Center for Medical Progress. CMP secretly filmed the videos by meeting with Planned Parenthood staff while posing as buyers of fetal tissue.Planned Parenthood has stated that the videos were heavily edited and that the filmed officials did not conduct any illegal activities. The organization said it does not profit from fetal tissue donations and only receives reimbursement for costs associated with such donations, which is legal. Meanwhile, supporters of Planned Parenthood said the videos are part of a decades-long campaign against the organization
Last week, an Indiana investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics in the state cleared the organization of any wrongdoing in how fetal tissue is handled (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/31). In addition, Massachusetts has closed an investigation of the group, which also cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.
Nonetheless, according to CQ News, other states have announced similar investigations, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas (CQ News, 7/31).