NYT: Officials Need To Undo Damage Stemming From Investigations

January 27, 2016 — Investigations into Planned Parenthood repeatedly "have found no evidence of wrongdoing," and "a grand jury in Harris County ... went a step further" on Monday, when "it indicted two members" of CMP, a New York Times editorial states.

However, "despite all the evidence," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), "said on Monday that the state attorney general's office and the State Health and Human Services Commission would continue investigating Planned Parenthood," the editorial notes. According to the editorial, "This is a purely political campaign of intimidation and persecution meant to destroy an organization whose mission to serve women's health care needs the governor abhors."

The editorial states, "Neither the videos nor the many investigations that followed have found any evidence that Planned Parenthood employees offered to sell fetal tissue for a profit." According to the editorial, investigations into Planned Parenthood by the federal House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and 12 states, including Texas, "have found no wrongdoing" by the organization.

"Nonetheless, the videos have already had a destructive effect" in Texas and other states, such as Ohio, that "have moved to defund Planned Parenthood," the editorial continues. The editorial states, "These efforts threaten to deprive the country's [lower income] women of health services they need, including cancer screenings, contraceptive care and sexually transmitted infection testing. In many parts of the country, Planned Parenthood is the only source of contraceptive services for low-income women."

According to the editorial, "The indictments should cause politicians to back away from an anti-abortion group that will stop at nothing to attack Planned Parenthood." The penalties Daleiden and Merritt face "will not undo the damage the videos have already done to Planned Parenthood and women's health and reproductive rights," the editorial notes, but "state and federal officials who care about the truth should work to remedy that damage in any way they can." (New York Times, 1/26).