An anti-abortion group that has aimed at Planned Parenthood in a series of propaganda videos released an eighth video late Friday, after a court decision granted it permission to do so. The newest production released by the Center for Medical Progress encompasses clips of its previous releases, which featured secret recordings of Planned Parenthood officials discussing controversial topics surrounding unborn fetuses, according to the Hill.
“So if we alter a process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, it’s all just a matter of line items,” Melissa Farrell, the director of research for the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast unit, says in the video.
The two-minute video -- the fifth in the Center for Medical Progress’ Human Capital series -- shows top officials of Planned Parenthood from across the U.S. discussing the research the organization was conducting with fetuses. The video also includes an interview with a former technician for StemExpress, a biomedical-research company that worked with Planned Parenthood, who was alarmed by the organization’s research.
“We were asked to procure certain tissues like brain, liver, pancreas, heart, lungs, heart and pretty much anything on the fetus,” Holly O’Donnell says in the video. “I remember leaving that day thinking, ‘What have I got myself into?’”
One of the anti-abortion group’s aims is to show that Planned Parenthood, which offers health services to women, is profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.
The video series has caused an outcry among Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls who have vowed to cut the $500 million in funding that the organization receives from the government. However, Planned Parenthood said it is already forbidden from using government funds for abortion services.
“There’s nothing on this extremely heavily edited video that hasn’t already been seen and discredited,” Planned Parenthood representative Eric Ferrero told CNN. “There seems to be no limit to how far this group will go to deceive the public in order to pursue an extreme political agenda.”
A judge in California had recently ordered the Center for Medical Progress to cease releasing its videos until the court was able to decide whether the secret filming had been conducted illegally. The order was lifted Friday.
The judge said Planned Parenthood would likely win any privacy challenges against the anti-abortion group, but also said that under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment it had the right to release any videos it currently has in its possession.