No, CNN, the Planned Parenthood baby parts claims weren’t ‘debunked’

Many in the mainstream media are voicing their disapproval with several of President-elect Donald Trumps’s cabinet picks. One in particular, Dr. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, has been met with scrutiny due to his 100 percent pro-life rating from National Right to Life, among other things.

According to Newsbusters, CNN political commentator Angela Rye condemned Price for his “vote to defund Planned Parenthood” in a panel discussion on the network. In response, Trump supporter Steve Cortes replied:

[W]hen you talk, by the way, about defunding Planned Parenthood as being scary, what I think is scary is the fact that the taxpayers pay for an organization which a great many Americans find reprehensible and that sells baby parts and that was a major part of our campaign, by the way.

Outrage ensued. One panel member responded, “Wow. Come on, Steve.” But Rye’s comment took the cake: “That’s not true. That’s been debunked,” she claimed.

Pardon me? “Debunked”? Is CNN trying to pretend that there is no congressional investigation going on right now looking into the possible trafficking of fetal tissue for profit in the United States? Are they trying to pretend that Planned Parenthood’s foremost partner in fetal tissue procurement — StemExpress — has not been stonewalling subpoenas to submit documents on their business?

Nothing pertaining to Planned Parenthood’s involvement with fetal tissue procurement and alleged illegal sale of that tissue for profit has been “debunked.”

In fact, two separate forensic analyses conducted on the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s fetal parts harvesting did nothing to “debunk” anything in the videos. The second forensic analysis, done by Coalfire Systems, a cybersecurity and forensic analysis company, actually looked at all of the full, unedited footage filmed by CMP, and found that there was “no evidence of manipulation or editing.”

In fact, Planned Parenthood admitted as much. The organization’s CEO, Cecile Richards, apologized on video for the “tone” of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was shown munching on salad in the first CMP video, while discussing her method of strategically “crushing” above and below a baby’s abdomen during an abortion in order to obtain undamaged fetal organs for procurement agencies.

By the way, Richards never denied that fetal tissue harvesting goes on at Planned Parenthood. In fact, she talked about how beneficial it is. (Not to the aborted babies, of course, but to… you know… the rest of us who get to live.)

Yet months after her “apology” video, Richards claimed before the Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the damning CMP videos were “deceptively edited” and “highly doctored.”

Since that time, Planned Parenthood has upped the ante, repeatedly lying and claiming the videos were “faked.” (One of their tweets from this year even audaciously called them “faked criminal videos.”)

Planned Parenthood’s friends in the media have consistently been more than happy to go along with the “faked” and “doctored” narrative, without a shred of proof to their claims, and the CNN panel is just another example of this.

What’s interesting is that so many people who make these sorts of claims haven’t even watched the videos. (Is it that they don’t want to be confronted with the idea that the nation’s largest abortion chain might actually kill real babies who have real body parts that can bring a profit?)

You know what they say: repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it.

Planned Parenthood and their media friends are counting on this.

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