In a not-so-shocking “investigation,” Planned Parenthood-commissioned investigators have examined the words and actions of Planned Parenthood employees and executives as recorded by undercover journalists from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and found the contents of the footage “unreliable for any official inquiry.” How convenient. To iterate: Planned Parenthood investigated Planned Parenthood and found Planned Parenthood innocent of any wrongdoing.
The Center for Medical Progress has released hours upon hours of footage of Planned Parenthood employees and partners discussing the illegal operations that govern the abortion behemoth’s day-to-day operations. And they say they are not yet finished exposing the horrors of baby harvesting inside the abortion industry, with about a dozen videos expected in total.
What could Planned Parenthood’s rationale for pronouncing themselves innocent possibly be? Evidently, nothing more than the oft-regurgitated cry of “deceptive editing!” which we’ve stomached ad nauseam from Planned Parenthood since Day One of the CMP’s bombshell video releases. Planned Parenthood’s privately commissioned “experts” proclaim: “A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict.”
The 10-page analysis notes that full footage videos released did not contain the entirety of content – although the analysis conceded that the actual dialogue recorded remained unaltered. While these analysts found no evidence that CMP inserted dialogue not spoken by Planned Parenthood staff or manipulate dialogue spoken by investigators of abortion workers, their review did conclude that CMP edited content out of the “full footage” videos.
What could have happened during these apparently conspicuous content voids that would render Planned Parenthood any less guilty of everything we see when cameras are rolling? Nothing. What the CMP edited out were bathroom breaks and long stretches of waiting in-between meetings. But, as Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox notes, we can count on the “right to privacy” movement to be upset that CMP investigators spared the public their trips to the bathroom.
At the end of the day, the only weapon in Planned Parenthood’s arsenal is the fact that the public has not actually seen the footage in which CMP investigators go to the bathroom or sit in awkward silence between meetings. And we may safely assume that, if called upon to render a full account, CMP investigators would probably turn over the full full footage – replete with bathroom breaks – if that was the hang-up on which state or federal government investigation hinged.
But local and national government seem much more concerned with what actually is on-camera than what is not. Severed limbs of fully-developed babies being sifted through like bits of high-priced treasure; abortionists admitting that they alter abortion procedures to protect their investment in the dead corpses of the children they kill; referring to intact fetal cadavers as a matter of “line items” on Planned Parenthood’s budget; those are among the glaring problems that Planned Parenthood not only doesn’t deny, but to which they have even begun to admit. And those are the problems with which Americans and their elected officials are rightly concerned.