Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Planned Parenthood Gains Some Traction in Fight Over Antiabortion Group’s Videos

Four states find no violations of fetal-tissue laws, and Obama administration warns three others seeking to cut funding

By Stephanie Armour, WSJ
Updated Aug. 17, 2015 8:28 p.m. ET

Planned Parenthood Federation of America appears to be gaining traction in its efforts to push back against videos targeting it and state efforts to cut its funding.

The Center for Medical Progress, which released undercover videos that it says show Planned Parenthood illegally profits from the sale of fetal tissue to medical researchers, is now under investigation in two states over the videos. In addition, the Obama administration warned Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana that they might be in violation of federal law after moving to choke off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

At the same time, Planned Parenthood has been cleared of the antiabortion group’s allegations in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Dakota, four of the dozen or so states investigating its fetal-tissue programs. Planned Parenthood said that only three states—California, Oregon and Washington—have programs where women can donate remains following an abortion, and all of those programs follow federal law.

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