Planned Parenthood to No Longer Accept Payments for Fetal Research Donations
As Planned Parenthood continues to fend off controversy and pressure from congressional investigations, the organization has announced that it will no longer accept reimbursements for the fetal tissue they give to research programs.
Within the string of videos released over the summer by the Center for Medical Progress, one of the most recurring questions Planned Parenthood has faced is whether, in addition to their federal funding, officials have profited from selling post-abortion fetal tissue to researchers. Senior Medical Advisor Carolyn Westhoff was shown in one video acknowledging that the company makes a “fair amount of income” by doing so, while acknowledging the delicate PR implications of the practice.
Planned Parenthood has repeatedly insisted that the videos were deceptively edited and that selling the tissue only covered delivery and preservation costs. President Cecile Richards said in a letter to the National Institutes of Health that they and their affiliates will no longer accept even these permitted reimbursements:
The real goal of these extremists has nothing to do with our fetal tissue donation compliance process but is instead to ban abortion in the U.S. and block women from getting any health care from Planned Parenthood…Our decision is first and foremost about preserving the ability of our patients to donate tissue, and to expose our opponents’ false charges about this limited but important work.
Congressional Republicans have announced that they will be creating a special committee to continue investigating Planned Parenthood amid the other hearings and debates about federal funding.
[h/t ABC News]
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