Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Planned Parenthood Retreats On Organ Harvesting Business

by JASmius

Oh, they'll still dismember babies and sell off their body parts.  That revenue stream will continue, unfettered, undammed, and unabated.  PP is just attempting to take a lower profile by pretending to back off on that particular part of their core business.

But it's still noteworthy that they're doing so after having insisted up and down for the past two months that they've been doing nothing wrong or illegal:

Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.

[Pro-life] activists who recently released a series of covertly filmed videos have contended that Planned Parenthood officials sought profits from their programs providing post-abortion fetal tissue to researchers. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited and denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement of costs.

The new policy — forgoing even permissible reimbursement — was outlined in a letter sent Tuesday by Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, to Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health.

“Planned Parenthood’s policies on fetal tissue donation already exceed the legal requirements,” Richards wrote. “Now we’re going even further in order to take away any basis for attacking Planned Parenthood to advance an anti-abortion political agenda.”

Call it a strategic retreat in order to gain room to maneuver, as well as a move to disarm House Tea Partiers who are still hellbent on their futile request to cut off Planned Parenthood's half-billion dollar federal funding.  I don't know if Cecile Richards had started to become nervous about her outfit's taxpayer-gouging gravy train - I seriously doubt it, in fact - but clearly she was doing her due diligence by not taking any chances.

Maybe that was also an implicit concession that the Planned Parenthood Cannibalism film franchise is not the "deceptively-edited" hit-piece series they've been insisting it is:

Coalfire Systems, a highly accredited forensic analysis and cybersecurity company that does work for Fortune 500 companies, issued a report Monday which found that 10 full-footage videos the Center for Medical Progress recorded while undercover at Planned Parenthood facilities and related locations “are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing.”

“This conclusion is supported by the consistency of the video file date and time stamps, the video timecode, as well as the folder and file naming scheme,” the report states. “The uniformity between the footage from Investigator 1’s camera and Investigator 2’s camera also support the evidence that the video recordings are authentic.” The report also confirms that “edits made to the Full Footage videos [for the shorter YouTube videos] were applied to eliminate non-pertinent footage, such as restroom breaks, meals, and other similar periods lacking pertinent conversation.”

“The Coalfire forensic analysis removes any doubt that the full length undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress are authentic and have not been manipulated,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Analysts scrutinized every second of video recorded during the investigation released by CMP to date and found only bathroom breaks and other non-pertinent footage had been removed. Planned Parenthood can no longer hide behind a smokescreen of false accusations and should now answer for what appears to be the very real crimes revealed by the CMP investigation.”

Rest assured again, folks, PP will answer for nothing, and its core business of crimes against unborn humanity and resultant revenue streams will be completely unaffected.

But actions do speak louder than words, and you don't retreat unless you believe, at some level, that you are in significant jeopardy.  So Cecile Richards and the Planned Parenthood braintrust are letting discretion be the better part of valor.

And that may be the biggest surprise of all - though, regrettably, the most effective as well.

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