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Planned Parenthood accuses anti-abortion group of “corporate espionage” for promoting misleading video

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 21 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3996
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America this week warned that an undercover video edited to suggest wrongly that the group sold fetal body parts for profit may be the first of many, as the group that released it has been posing as a legitimate biomedical research supply firm for three years.

The nine minute video, cut from three hours, shows a lunchtime restaurant meeting between Planned Parenthood’s chief medical officer, the physician Deborah Nucatola, and two actors with hidden cameras posing as executives from a fake company called Biomax seeking fetal tissue for supply to research institutions.1

In the video Nucatola describes techniques used to remove fetuses without damaging organs donated for research, in cases where parents have signed a consent form. As with hospitals’ organ donations, the clinic generally charges a fee to recoup storage and transport costs. During the video one actor asks about “pricing” of organs, …

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