Planned Parenthood Pleads with Media: Please Don’t Air Anymore Undercover Videos!

Planned Parenthood’s excuse is that airing these undercover videos filmed by the Center for Medical Progress constitutes an egregious patient privacy violation. They’re so concerned that a patient or a dead baby in the video’s background might be seen on national television. So, it’s not that they think they’ve done anything wrong, and they’re afraid more of their evil will be exposed. It’s that they want to protect their patients’ privacy. Uh-huh.

Here’s Planned Parenthood’s letter in full to media outlets in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota:

To: North Dakota Health and Political Reporters and Producers

From: Jen Aulwes, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Date: July 27, 2015

Re: Center for Medical Progress Expected to Violate Patient Privacy

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is an extreme activist organization whose sole mission is to prevent women from accessing health care and to destroy Planned Parenthood. The board members of this group believe that abortion is “genocide,” and employ people who went to jail for attempting to bomb a women’s health clinic. They are also connected with the man who murdered abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

CMP has used footage obtained through deceit and unlawful behavior, including possible violations of state recording laws, federal tax laws and falsified state identification. Then, they concoct wildly false stories through selective editing. We expect this video will be no different in that regard; however, footage yet to come is expected to represent an extreme violation of patient privacy by including footage of post-abortion fetal tissue neither patients nor health care professionals authorized be filmed.

When your network decides whether to consider this story newsworthy, or whether to use any of this footage at all, we urge you to keep this in mind: The extremists who entered Planned Parenthood labs under false pretenses violated research protocol, and, worse, violated the privacy of patients involved. Those patients’ privacy should not be further violated by having this footage shared by the media.

The storage and examination processes that CMP used to get this footage are medically necessary. It is necessary medical professionals ensure an abortion is complete so that patients do not get an infection. When tissue is donated for medical research, these steps are also necessary for the donations to be completed. It is also medically necessary that researchers evaluate the laboratory procedures of a medical provider for safety standards and best practices.

Some of the conversations and protocols that occur in medical settings and among professional peers can sound jarring when taken out of context. While this can be difficult to hear or watch, it should not be used as an excuse to defund Planned Parenthood.

CMP gained access to Planned Parenthood facilities under false pretenses and filmed without securing approval from the Planned Parenthood staff being filmed or the patients whose privacy is compromised by this secret videotaping. The material should not be aired.

Please contact me at 651-755-9557 or [email protected] if you have any questions or need any more information.

The next day, CMP released a third video:

Remember, our tax dollars go to help fund these people. Even if you consider yourself “pro-choice,” how can these atrocious acts possibly be justified? No wonder Planned Parenthood doesn’t want the media airing any upcoming undercover videos. They don’t care about patient privacy. They just don’t want people to know what they really are.