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Stealth videos released by an anti-abortion group have highlighted the murky guidelines for using fetal tissue for research purposes.
The group, called the Center for Medical Progress, accuses Planned Parenthood of selling aborted fetuses for a profit, a charge Planned Parenthood has denied. One of its videos, recorded in secret and released July 14, 2015, shows members of the anti-abortion group posing as tissue brokers discussing terms for procuring fetal tissue.
To some, it appeared that Planned Parenthood was proposing to illegally sell tissue, prompting lawmakers in several states to launch investigations and Republicans in Congress to attempt cutting off more than $500 million in federal money. But Planned Parenthood maintains that its process is legal and limited to a handful of states.
Confused about what’s going on? PolitiFact dug in, coming up with eight things we know — and don’t know — about fetal tissue donation and Planned Parenthood. SEE IT ALL HERE.
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The Economist, "The tissue trade," Aug. 1, 2015
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The Christian Science Monitor, "Planned Parenthood under fire: Is fetal tissue donation legal?," Jul. 17, 2015
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Fox 59 Indianapolis, "State wraps up its investigation into Planned Parenthood, says group in compliance," Jul. 30, 2015
Sacramento Business Journal, "StemExpress wins court order in video flap with anti-abortion group," Jul. 29, 2015
New York Times, "Fetal Tissue From Abortions for Research Is Traded in a Gray Zone," Jul. 27, 2015
Washington Post, "Congressional, state investigations into Planned Parenthood underway after undercover video goes viral," Jul. 15, 2015
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Assembly GOP lawmakers vow to quickly pass fetal tissue bill," Jul. 29, 2015
USA Today, "States play catch-up on stem cells," Dec. 17, 2004
NewsOK, "Kansas ban on profiting from fetal tissue sales in spotlight," Jul. 22, 2015
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Email interview with Liz Clark, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, July 26, 2015
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