Planned Parenthood President Says Organization Has Broken No Laws

Cecile Richards is interviewed on "This Week."
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Now to that uproar over planned parenthood. Uncovered videos, reignited the debate over federal funding. The planned parenthood president is here, after this from ABC's David Wright. We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver. Reporter: It's a hidden camera sting of the most influential group of the abortion rights group in America, two videos that purport to show planned parenthood officials over lunch, discussing selling parts of human fetuses. Yeah, liver is huge right now. Some people want -- Reporter: The man off-camera is David, an anti-abortion activist saying planned parenthood is trying to make a profit from the abortions its performs. Bottom line is, planned parenthood, it's about money and is about soothing their conscience for the late-term abortions that they do. Reporter: Planned parenthood denies that. Even on the video, insisting the prices are only to cover costs. Nobody should be selling tissue. That is not the goal here. This is a way to offer patients a service they want, do good for the medical community. Reporter: The group also alleges that the videos were selectively edited. Officials have apologized for the lack of compassion shown on the videos. Which have set off a firestorm. This video and the one from last week are both gruesome. Reporter: Republicans in congress are opening up two separate investigations. I could talk about the video but I think I could vomit. Reporter: Many republicans calling to cut all federal funding for planned parenthood. Democrat Hillary Clinton defends the group, dismissing the videos as a smear campaign. It's really an attack against a woman's right to choose. Reporter: There may be more bombshells to come. He says he has more videos in the work. There's going to be at least ten, possibly more than a dozen videos to come. Reporter: The abortion rights group has weathered plenty of tough fights in the past, the question now, can they withstand this? For "This week," David Wright, ABC news, New York. And Cecile Richards, the president of planned parenthood joins us now. Thank you for joining us. You just heard David say, 10 to 12 more tapes coming, are you worried about what they're going to show? No, in a sense this has been a three-year, well-funded effort by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement in this country, to try to entrap doctors and doctored videos that it's all been edited out. Planned parenthood doesn't profit. I think what's not told is, of course, these are highly selectively edited, the folks behind this, in fact, are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind the bombings of clinics and the murders of doctors and their homes. You have apologized for the tone. Correct. In the statements. She's been reprimanded. Have you spoken to them? They have been reprimanded for their tone. What I want to make clear, George, planned parenthood has broken no laws. We have the highest standards. The care and safety of our patients is our most important priority. In fact, planned parenthood, for 99 years, has been one of the largest nonprofit health care providers of women in this country. 1 in 5 women in this country depend on planned parenthood for health care. You say that no affiliate of planned parenthood has profited. Correct. But do you know how many clinics harvest this tissue and have profited? Only a handful of states. George, this is actually not about women's health care, these activists -- less than five. Less than five. This is not actually an effort to undercut, you know, to discover any problems, but actually, a three-year attempt to entrap doctors, they were completely unsuccessful. Now, they're using these very highly edited videos, to try to impugn and smear the name of planned parenthood. They have zero credibility. They set up a fake company. They apparently used fake government I.D.S. They used fake tax filings. I take your point that the videos are heavily edited. Although entire videos have been available at this point. In that longer video, the doctor repeatedly says more than ten times, planned parenthood does not ever profit. Or does any of this for profit. They show one of the doctors, appears to be haggling -- Absolutely not. I just want to show that right here. If this is in the ballpark, if it's still low then we can work around it. I want a lamborghini. I want a lamborghini. Don't we all, right? But if there's no financial benefit to the clinics, why are they haggling over the cost? No, they are not. The only people haggling in these videos are the undercover folks are trying to entrap doctors and they were completely unsuccessful. That's why they're showing these highly edited videos to be sensationalized. It's completely taken out of context. At planned parenthood, we serve 2.5 million women every year. Women come to us, for breast cancer screenings, cervical screenings. I went there for birth control. Places like Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where women come for their basic visits. And that's actually what's at stake, this entire effort is a completely political smear campaign in order to cut off funding for basic health care for women in America. And I think, one thing is really important to understand, we do more at planned parenthood every single day to prevent unintended pregnancy than any organization in the country. We have for 99 years. I stand behind our clinicians and our doctors. They provide compassion care every day in America. Despite harassment. The Washington post has pointed out charging a fee for this material -- It's not a fee. It's not a fee. It's actually just a cost of transmitting this material to research institutions. That improves the finances of the clinic. Absolutely not. In fact, George, it's really important, they have repeatedly tried to entrap doctors. We have now seen that they repeatedly say, wouldn't you do this for money? And the doctors say no. No financial benefit. But they have a brochure where it talks about the financial benefits. That's a for-profit company. Planned parenthood is a 100% nonprofit company. There are no financial benefits. Absolutely none? Absolutely. Absolutely. We're happy -- look, we look forward to the facts coming out, we should not base any kind of decisions about health care in this country based on highly sensationalized folks who are nothing but militant, anti-abortion extremists. This is part and parcel of a much longer campaign. The second issue they raise is the tapes appear to describe times to better harvest human -- It's not done. Look -- Being described in these tapes -- Because these tapes have been edited and they tried to entrap doctors to say things. I stand behind the health care we provide at planned parenthood. Women trust planned parenthood. Anyone who wants to look into our policies and procedures -- I said that to congress. The facts are -- When these doctor are talking about less crunchy ways to perform these abortions so that the organs can be preserved, what's happening, are they just lying? All of this is taken out of context. What happens in this country, at planned parenthood and other hospitals is that, women in very few places are allowed to donate fetal tissue for life-saving medical research. Research, you know, developing cures for Parkinson, even the ebola vaccine. To me, this isn't something that should be criticized or make fun of, this is actually laudable that women and their families choose to make fetal tissue donations. To potentially save lives of other folks. As long as the procedures are never altered. Exactly. Obviously, the most disgusting the part of this to me is these folks lied, lied to gain access to clinics, you know, what doctors and clinicians face to actually provide health care to women in this country is already pretty incredible. But I think what's important is the safety and the health of our patients and the women that we provide here to is essential. We take that first and foremost that's the most important thing. These activists, on the other hand, do nothing to improve the health and safety of women. And if they had their way, women could no longer come to planned parenthood for birth control services, for breast cancer screenings or any other health care issues. Cecile Richards, thank you for your time.

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