Planned Parenthood may sue the group responsible for releasing a series of undercover sting videos, a representative for the organization said Friday.
Speaking with The Hill in Washington D.C., Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens maintained that videos put out by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress were fraudulently edited, and likely violated laws.
“I absolutely do believe that they have violated laws in terms of how they secured these videos,” Lauguens claimed. “But the fraud is also in how they have presented them and in the editing.”
Laguens said while she’s “not a lawyer,” she feels confident the Planned Parenthood legal team will be able to pin some kind, any kind of infraction on the group.
“We are considering everything,” she said. “I’m not a lawyer — but everything is on the table when you look at these videos and the fraud and the conspiracy behind it.”
Laguens was careful not to directly address accusations of butchering babies when asked about a recent comment made by presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio.
During the Republican presidential debate last week, Rubio stated “future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.”
“If you look at what the American people believe,” Laguens responded, “it’s more important than what Sen. Marco Rubio believes,” adding that statistics she’s seen show two thirds of Americans support the organization.
Laguens also seemed assured Republicans would fail in their efforts to defund the abortion provider, which receives $528 million yearly in federal funding.
The Center for Medical Progress released their seventh video on Planned Parenthood’s alleged illegal abortion for profit scheme Tuesday, featuring graphic footage and verbal descriptions of fetal organ harvesting.
While Planned Parenthood claims the group obtained the videos illegally, members of other independent investigative groups have come to the Center for Medical Progress’ defense, asserting that “Undercover Videos Are Critical to Exposing Abuse.”
“Undercover videos play an important role in a society in which greedy, cloistered corporations reign supreme,” wrote animal rights group Mercy for Animals president Nathan Runkle in an op-ed published in USA Today.
“Undercover investigations, it turns out, are not just effective tools for exposing and ending animal abuse, they fall squarely within our fundamental First Amendment rights. In the case of the videos we have produced, the only people who have a problem with that are those with something to hide.”
Last week, a California superior court judge ruled that Stem Express, one of the fetal tissue procurement firms formerly partnered with Planned Parenthood, could not restrict CMP’s First Amendment right to release their exposé videos.
Laguens also told The Hill polls she’s seen show a majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which upheld abortion at many stages in pregnancy.
But even the woman at the center of that infamous case, Norma McCorvey (AKA ‘Jane Roe’), has asked the court to overturn the decision after coming to the realization that it was “no longer just” and that “abortion hurts women,” according to her attorney.
Planned Parenthood’s threat to retaliate against CMP for releasing their undercover footage comes after the organization asked media outlets in several states to refrain from airing the group’s undercover footage on local news.
Other CMP videos reportedly show that Planned Parenthood obtained aborted baby parts often without a patient’s consent, and that the organization had no qualms with allowing fetuses to gestate in mothers for longer periods, a practice which can jeopardize the patient’s safety.
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