RICHARDS SAYS PLANNED PARENTHOOD DID NOTHING WRONG, BUT WILL STOP ACCEPTING CASH FOR ABORTED BABY PARTS
In a letter that asserts “patently false claims” are being waged against her abortion business to promote an “extreme political agenda,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards says that her organization will stop accepting payments for the organs of unborn babies.
Under investigation by several congressional committees following the release of videos exposing her organization’s apparent practice of selling the body parts of aborted babies, Richards wrote to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
Over the last two months, opponents of safe and legal abortion have turned patently false claims about our role in fetal tissue donation into fodder to advance their extreme political agenda – including votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that would have blocked Planned Parenthood from receiving federal reimbursements for providing cancer screenings and other preventive care. I am pleased to report that those efforts, which would have jeopardized millions of people’s access to health care, have failed thus far. But this isn’t just about Planned Parenthood, and it isn’t over. These false claims are being used to advance politically motivated legislation in Congress and in state legislatures across the country to deny women access to basic health care and to impose medically unnecessary restrictions on safe and legal abortion. The American public overwhelmingly opposes this political agenda…