Members of anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) have released a fourth video in their much-publicized campaign against doctors from a Planned Parenthood branch in Denver, who, according to CMP, are allegedly selling body tissue from aborted fetuses.
Eugene Scott reported that regional Planned Parenthood President and CEO Vicki Cowart claims that the organization is not deterred by the quartet of videos, CNN reported.
In the videos, members of CMP pose as researchers interested in what the organization does with baby tissue from aborted fetuses. The Planned Parenthood doctor featured in the fourth video notes how much various specimens cost. She also discussed how to perform abortions in a way which leaves valuable tissue intact for harvesting.
Regional Planned Parenthood CEO and President Vicky Cowart was quoted by CNN as having said that the “coordinate attack on women’s health” simply will not deter the group from providing what she referred to as “essential reproductive health care,” nor will it deter the group from “advancing important medical research.”
This coordinated attack on women’s health will not deter us from providing essential reproductive health care and from advancing important medical research.
According to CNN, the practice of selling tissue from aborted fetuses isn’t illegal as long as the money paid for the specimens is used to cover administrative and processing costs, not profit.
One San Francisco judge, however, has had enough of the highly controversial videos. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued a temporary restraining order against CMP on behalf of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), a nonprofit representing abortion providers.
Orrick said CMP is not allowed to release any videos which reveal the names and address of any NAF members or the dates or locations of any future meetings.
Reuters reported that the parameters of the temporary restraining order will be finalized in a hearing Monday. NAF President Vicki Saporta said the videos jeopardize the safety of the organizations members, and that “the safety and security of our members is our top priority.”
The videos have become so controversial, Reuters noted, that Congress stopped funding for Planned Parenthood.