Several candidates are citing the video as a reason Planned Parenthood should lose federal funding.
The video purportedly shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, according to The Center for Medical Progress, which posted the clip on YouTube. On the video, the woman discusses the use of aborted organs, and mentions the price range of the tissue “per specimen.” According to The Center for Medical Progress, Dr. Nucatola was holding a discussion with “actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company.”
In a statement following the release of the tape, Planned Parenthood said the organization helps patients donate tissue should they choose to do so, but it is with the full consent of the patient, adheres to the “highest ethical and legal standards,” and, “there is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.”
“A well-funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research,” the statement read.
The Center for Medical Progress is a group of citizen journalists reporting on medical ethics who “oppose any interventions, procedures, and experiments that exploit the unequal legal status of any class of human beings,” according to its website.
“These videos are just another example of why we need to do that at the federal level as well,” Walker said at a campaign event in South Carolina.
Even GOP candidates who did not call for defunding the organization strongly condemned the video.
Carly Fiorina wrote in a statement, “this latest news is tragic and outrageous. This isn't about 'choice.' It's about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it's about empowerment."