Congress counts the costs.
A one year funding ban was a start, as investigations continue into the abortion industry giant being held to account for how Planned Parenthood conducts business, and just what kind of business the organization conducts.
After years of deceptions perpetrated by Planned Parenthood with the cover of complicit media and high level politicians, it took ongoing congressional investigations to finally get the admission on the record, from the head of Planned Parenthood herself, that all claims to the contrary, they don't do mammograms , a big selling point as to why they were allegedly necessary for delivering women's health care.
After that admission, Richards tried to turn the tables and make her best defense a robust offense in her testimony .
"The latest smear campaign is based on efforts by our opponents to entrap our doctors and clinicians into breaking the law - and once again our opponents failed," Richards said in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Not this time. Anyone who has seen any of the undercover videos saw clearly that the words came out of the mouths of abortion clinic workers, or Planned Parenthood medical directors, and the attitude, tone and content of those conversations were caught on film. So was the cavalier way baby body parts were either talked about in terms of marketing and profitability, or handled in abortion clinics in graphic scenes showing dismembered human bodies in their earliest stages of growth before they were 'terminated' by abortion.
U.S. District Judge Wiliam H. Orrick III, the same judge who issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of the National Abortion Federation in late July, said that CMP may release all videos and transcripts to the Congressional committee that had sought them.
"I will not countenance a game of hide the ball with respect to these documents, video footage and communications, that interferes directly with these proceedings," he concluded…
"In our Constitutional system, there are three equal branches of government, and courts should refrain from creating needless friction with a coordinate branch of government."
Meanwhile, some big media continue to try to provide Planned Parenthood cover. In vain, when keen journalists like Mollie Hemingway are watching.
Which brings us to this unbelievably awful CNN report by Drew Griffin that aired this week. It also made me scream because of the errors, half-truths, and deceptions that it contained in its lengthy defense of the country's largest abortion provider.
It's so tremendously bad that I don't actually know where to begin.
But she systematically goes through the seven biggest problems with that CNN report.
About a day later, a major leak of hours of undercover videos got posted by an online news site, with yet more shocking revelations.
The footage appears to show top-level abortion industry executives discussing their baby parts harvesting trade. Got News, the group that released the tapes, say they "obtained all of the videos from a source on Capitol Hill."
Video footage seen here says it was obtained from a "National Abortion Foundation's annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, on April 7th, 2014." We do not know of a group called the National Abortion Foundation and believe this description is a typo of National Abortion Federation, which issued a letter in response to the apparent leak.
On the tape titled "2nd Trimester Provider Self Care" shows panelists discussing the "stigma" associated with the procedure. Attendees respond with laughter and applause as former National Abortion Federation Executive Director, Dr. Uta Landy, read comments by abortion providers…
Who was behind this revelation? WaPo claimed 'a controversial blogger and an infamous hacker' teamed up on the project, in an interesting turn of events and reporting on them. And the spin and blame and deflection continued.
Meanwhile, quietly, another new video was released by the Center for Medical Progress.
The eleventh video release from The Center for Medical Progress in the ongoing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal shows the abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, Dr. Amna Dermish, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
Dr. Dermish admits she was trained by the Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. Nucatola described a partial-birth abortion technique to harvest fetal organs in the first Planned Parenthood video released July 14 by CMP.
"My aim is usually to get the specimens out pretty intact," says Dermish, speaking to actors posing as a fetal tissue procurement company. Dermish admits that she will sometimes use ultrasound guidance to convert a 2nd-trimester fetus to a feet-first breech presentation: "Especially the 20-weekers are a lot harder versus the 18-weekers, so at that point I'll switch to breech."
Which is illegal. And revolting and stunning, given the fact that "20-weekers' are five month old babies, who are being negotiated for sale of their body parts.
The state of Texas recently moved to disbar Planned Parenthood from taxpayer funding on account of Medicaid fraud and abortion-related crimes. Governor Greg Abbott recently said in an interview that the state of Texas is now in possession of "hard evidence" that Planned Parenthood is engaged in "violations of federal and state law concerning abortion procedures."
"Less than 4 miles away from the Texas state capitol, Planned Parenthood routinely practices barbaric partial-birth abortions on living, late-term fetuses," notes CMP Project Lead David Daleiden. "Planned Parenthood's crimes are not just the result of local bad actors, but are tolerated and even encouraged at the highest levels of the national organization. State-level criminal investigations must press charges, and Congress' new select committee must pursue a deep and comprehensive accounting of Planned Parenthood's atrocities against humanity."
They're working on it.