Planned Parenthood is suing The Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
The lawsuit claims the anti-abortion group acted illegally when it secretly recorded videos, edited them, and released them. These videos claimed Planned Parenthood profited from selling fetal tissue from abortions.
In a written statement, Melaney Linton, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, says “these anti-abortion activists broke multiple laws to spread lies about Planned Parenthood, and the lawsuit filed will expose this fraud for what it is and hold accountable the people behind it.”
Deanne Wallace with the Louisiana Right to Life Federation believes, “This is just another attempt by Planned Parenthood to distract the American people from the fact that these undercover videos reveal the grisly nature of their abortion business.”
The videos sparked a nationwide outrage by claiming to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to negotiate prices for aborted fetal tissue. Under federal law, a woman can donate her fetal tissue for research, and Planned Parenthood can be legally reimbursed for associated costs.
Planned Parenthood officials say the CMP’s actions have created a poisonous environment for its patients and its health clinics. Since the videos came out, crimes against the clinics have gone up nine times.
“I think if women want reproductive health care, there are thousands of agencies that can do that, Planned Parenthood does not have a monopoly on women’s health, they’re not the only provider out there” explains Wallace.
In response to the lawsuit, CMP says “this last-ditch move of desperation is going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates to the light of the legal system and the public will see them for the corrupt abortion and baby body parts profiteers that they really are.”
In the 65 page complaint, Planned Parenthood alleges CMP spliced together shards of medical conversations into a smear campaign.