This month, an organization calling itself the “Center for Medical Progress” released heavily edited undercover videos with Planned Parenthood staffers. The selectively edited videos were crafted to create the impression that Planned Parenthood sells tissue, profits from tissue donation for medical research, or violates other laws in this area – which is simply not true. This is the most recent attack in a decade-long pattern of illegal harassment by extremists who seek to ban abortion and leave women without access to services like birth control and life-saving cancer screenings.
As they made clear in their own previously released statement, Planned Parenthood in Ohio does not participate in any fetal tissue donation programs. Their family planning and abortion services meet all medical standards and guidelines.
Today allies of Planned Parenthood in Ohio offer the following statements:
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland: “The Ohio Department of Health inspects abortion clinics in Ohio annually as part of their license renewal process. During those inspections, they ensure that all biological tissue is appropriately and legally handled. Either Attorney General Mike DeWine was ignorant of that fact when he launched his civil investigation of Planned Parenthood, or he ignored that information seeing an opportunity to discredit, harass and stigmatize Planned Parenthood and their patients. Regardless, DeWine is misusing his authority as Ohio’s attorney general. The Ohio Legislature and the office of the Ohio Attorney General should not be used to play up lies fabricated by shadowy out-of-state organizations dedicated to stripping women of their right to safe and legal abortion.”
Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Executive Director Rev. Laura Young: “As people of faith, we condemn the deception and lies from The Center for Medical Progress, the radical anti-choice group working to discredit, defund, and dismantle Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical health care services to women and families who need our care the very most. The Bible does not ban abortion but it bans lying and demands we care for one another.”
Join us and show your support for Ohio abortion providers by sending them a thank you letter. Tell them how much you appreciate them ensuring access to critical health care services for the people of Ohio!
You can also check out the statement from our partners at Progress Ohio.
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