Republicans Busted In New Report For Unsubstantiated, Coordinated Attacks on Planned Parenthood

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The videos Republicans are using to try to defund Planned Parenthood don’t show what they claim the show. We have all known this since they came out. There is nothing illegal in them, and they were edited misleadingly. But Democrats felt compelled to investigate anyway, with bipartisan briefings no less.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has an on-going investigation into the matter and today Committee Democratic staff released an in-depth memo which “clearly discredits” the Republican claims that Planned Parenthood allegedly sold fetal tissue for profit. There is no evidence of this at all.

From the memo (my emphasis):

This memorandum serves as an update on the Committee’s ongoing investigation into claims regarding the alleged sale of fetal tissue by affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) to tissue procurement organizations (TPOs). The review has included bipartisan briefings by Planned Parenthood officials as well as representatives from StemExpress, Novogenix Laboratories, and Advanced Bioscience Resources – three TPOs that partner with Planned Parenthood affiliates and other healthcare providers to collect specimens to supply to researchers working with fetal tissue.

In addition to these briefings, the Committee has received documents and written responses to a series of questions it posed in writing to PPFA regarding its “practices relating to fetal tissue collection and sale or donation.” To date, the Committee has received no evidence to substantiate the allegations that Planned Parenthood has engaged in the sale of fetal tissue for profit. Furthermore, the Committee has received no evidence to support the allegations that fetal tissue was procured without consent, that Planned Parenthood physicians altered the timing, method, or procedure of an abortion solely for the purposes of obtaining fetal tissue, or that Planned Parenthood physicians performed intact dilation and evacuation in order to preserve fetal tissue for research. Thus far, the investigation has revealed that PPFA requires all affiliates to ensure compliance with all state and federal laws and that specific PPFA guidance requires affiliates to ensure that reimbursement for fetal tissue is limited to actual costs.

And they found nothing. There is zero evidence that any laws were broken. Zilch.

“Over the last month, we have carefully reviewed the facts at hand and the materials provided to us as a result of the majority’s inquiry,” said full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO). “Despite the incendiary rhetoric, we have looked strictly at the facts. We are continuing to do our due diligence, but we have found these claims to be unsubstantiated. Instead, these attacks appear to be part of a coordinated campaign on the part of the Center for Medical Progress and others, to simply discredit Planned Parenthood and undermine a woman’s legal right to safe reproductive health care.”

Yes, this is a Democratic Committee, but Democrats are usually the first to turn on their own, so that’s not a solid argument against the findings. What is a solid argument is that this entire thing has been done the wrong way. We shouldn’t be wasting millions of taxpayer dollars and facing yet another Republican shutdown showdown over a made up, fictional, non-existent issue.

We shouldn’t have to investigate unsubstantiated claims to prove they are not true. This is, quite simply, ridiculous.

This is the old “When did you stop beating your wife” set up. It’s supposed to work the other way around. Accusations and investigations should be based on some evidence that something is amiss.

Meanwhile, just yesterday the Guttmacher Institute destroyed the Republican argument that after they defund Planned Parenthood, the sole safety-net provider of contraceptive care in some areas and also the provider of cancer screening and other important health care, other providers would fill the hole. In fact, they say, “credible evidence suggests this is unlikely.”

So what you have here is Republicans investigating the agency that is doing the most of any agency or organization to actually reduce abortions by offering birth control to women. They are doing this over a claim that was never substantiated by the videos their activist arm released. Even after the videos were discredited, Republicans began “investigating” Planned Parenthood with an eye to defund them completely.

ForAmerica, a conservative group whose head endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz — the guy set to pull yet another shutdown self-aggrandizement stunt, is calling on Republican 2016 candidates to have the DOJ investigate Planned Parenthood, and vow to defund them.

All of this is over an issue that is not happening, and if done will result in MORE abortions. Republicans are banking on the gut reaction people will have to the term “fetal tissue”, but they ignore that fetal tissue is a critical tool for biomedical research. The report cites the Department of Health and Human Services on this issue, “fetal tissue continues to be a critical resource for important efforts such as research on degenerative eye disease, human development disorders such as Down syndrome, and infectious diseases, among a host of other diseases.”

Perhaps Republicans should tell voters exactly what research they want to cancel.

It’s another Republican O’keefe style hack hit job meant to make headlines on Fox News and incite conservatives. It has done these things, but the claims are also completely unsubstantiated, which is awkward when a party is threatening to shut down the government over them.

Republicans clearly can’t handle doing actual work, they are more comfortable with manufactured investigations and trying to control women than they are with the real work of Congress. Someone should be investigating the alleged coordination behind these videos and when Republicans knew about them and why they waited to release them, but that won’t happen because Republicans would never investigate themselves. They leave things like self-negating integrity to the Democrats.

29 Replies to “Republicans Busted In New Report For Unsubstantiated, Coordinated Attacks on Planned Parenthood”

  1. Yet there are idiots who continue to refer to these videos to rationalize their opposition to PP, in spite of information that they’ve been discredited. Abortion is being used as a pretext toward the kind of interference in women’s reproductive rights that would be catastrophic if successful. It’s a sad commentary that the Republicans are still trying to defund PP the way they tried to defund Obamacare with a government shutdown. They truly don’t know how to govern, but are in a perpetual state of campaigning.

  2. …Teatards are fond o’ sayin’ “Where there is Smoke, there is Fire.” while the whole time there’s a bunch o’ Republican’ts behind the scene smokin’ like chimneys…to provide “evidence” for thier scandal mills…{spits}

  3. Wouldn’t it be great if the Justice Dept. did get involved and found out that non other than Ted Cruz himself was involved in this conspiracy?

  4. The Lard gave wimmin wombs to punish them for having vulvas, and who are eevil libruls and uppity vulva-havers to thwart the Lard?

  5. Here’s a novel idea. Any time a govt agent starts an “investigation” without substantial proof something actually happened and the investigation flops then the pol who started it has to pay for it. Stop wasting tax money on your damn bullshit accusations for political gain. If Ya want them then pay for them out of party coffers.

  6. “allegedly sold fetal tissue for profit”: geez, conservatives actually go around saying that PP sold BODY PARTS!!!

  7. Jim Crow with lipstick. The war to deprive tax paying citizens of their constitutional rights is destroying civil society. If they can strip women, minorities gays and atheists of their Constitutional rights, they WILL strip you of yours.

  8. their conservative queen Nancy was for fetal tissue research to help her demented Ronny.

    2001: Nancy pushed Bush on stem cell research for Alzheimers

    In April of 2001, a piece of writing turned up in the Oval Office. Describing what she called a “wrenching family journey,” the author urged me to support the “miracle possibilities” of embryonic stem cell research to provide cures for people like her husband, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. She closed, “Mr. President, I have some personal experience regarding the many decisions you face each day. I’d be very grateful if you would take my thoughts and prayers into your consideration on this critical issue. Most sincerely, Nancy Reagan.”

    http://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/Ronald_Reagan_Abortion.htm

  9. Oh God, is there anyone more evil than Ted Cruz, yesterday he was fighting to get his face on camera in Kentucky, today he is grandstanding on Trump’s coat tails, he will pull any stunt no matter how low. He is saying he wants to shut down the government again. I have to ask ‘is this man even a legal American?’ he does not seem to know that his job is to be in the debates and governing for the US people. He is bag of sh***t!

  10. I suspect the huge volumes of smoke being generated are being piped directly into the anal orifices of gullible Christian Conservatives.

  11. The FALSE and heavily doctored video is a PHONY. JUST LIKE the one that was done by James O Keef on ACORN,,and it is being perpetrated again this time Planned Parenthood will be the victim of a hate campaign from the Christian right,,,and serve the same purpose of the James O K eef phony film what ever happend to that ?…
    James O’Keefe Pays $100,000 To ACORN Employee He Smeared …
    ://www.forbes.com/…/james-okeefe-pays-100000-to-acorn……

    Mar 8, 2013 – James O’Keefe – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) RememberJames O’Keefe?
    James O’Keefe Pays $100,000 To ACORN Employee He Smeared …
    http://www.forbes.com/…/james-okeefe-pays-100000-to-acorn-employee-he-s...

    Mar 8, 2013 – James O’Keefe – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) RememberJames O’Keefe?

  12. Suspect he’s sucking up to Trump so he can be his veep (where his citizenship credentials won’t be looked at so closely) and then, after an electoral victory, Trump can stop living.

  13. The important thing to remember here is that the people who actually run the GOP don’t care about social issues. They use them as cover for the things they want to accomplish like deregulating business and industry, lowering taxes for high earners, military funding, etc. They know that they can use rubes like Palin, Cruz and many others to rally the uneducated mass of “conservatives” and thus distract from their actually work.

  14. Perhaps the Republicans can have another 55+ investigations into this. That seems like all they do.

  15. YES a big bag of s— with holes in the bag to fling and spread it all over the place. splash it on anyone who gets near.

  16. Oh, for god’s sake, this shart again? Planned Parenthood does NOT sell baby parts. When will some of you numbnu– get that? It’s a heavily edited video and as such, is complete and total b.s. If you think planned parenthood is doing that, you are one of the dumbest, saddest, sorry, excuse for a “human” being.

  17. It is simple, the republicans know they want to destroy something eg Planned Parenthood, so they just manufacture the evidence to show what they want it to.

  18. Now I am confused. Planned Parenthood admits that they do this and argues that it is not wrong. The Democratic Party argues that they aren’t doing it. They both can’t be true—even to a Democrat or PP supporter.

  19. “Pro-Life” Anti-Abortion Activists are CRIMINALS: Every time a legislators passes a law to restrict abortion, defund abortion procedures they are increasing the Maternal Death Rate. Every time a Catholic Hospital mandates Doctors to refuse abortion options to a woman, they are increasing the Maternal Death Rate. Every time a clinic that serves women and abortion services are picketed, bombed, or harassed, they are increasing the Maternal Death Rate. Every time a Pregnancy Crisis center opens and gives false information about abortions the Maternal Death Rate increases. Every time a poster or billboard showing body parts the Maternal Death Rate increases. Our Justice Department should be arresting these groups and protect women. Our taxes in the form of non-profits tax free status should be removed. Republicans Killing Women: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/01/15/republicans-are-killing-women-us-maternal-death-rate-climbs-female-deaths-rise-in-gop-counties/

  20. Too bad planned parenthood wasn’t around when their mother was pregnant. Since it wasn’t,they can still be legally aborted-out of government. It’s call voting. They way are always talking abortion, makes me wonder if maybe their wives are afraid of reproducing them.

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