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In Undercover Video Suit, Planned Parenthood Alleges Conspiracy, Fraud By Activists

The organization argues that the Center for Medical Progress acted illegally when it secretly recorded videos alleging the reproductive health organization profited from selling fetal tissue from abortions. The center fired back, calling the lawsuit “frivolous.”

The Associated Press: Planned Parenthood Sues Activists Who Made Undercover Videos
Planned Parenthood filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday alleging extensive criminal misconduct by the anti-abortion activists who produced undercover videos targeting the handling of fetal tissue at some Planned Parenthood clinics. The anti-abortion activists, who named their group the Center for Medical Progress, began releasing a series of covertly recorded videos in July alleging that Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit in violation of federal law. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing, saying a handful of its clinics provided fetal tissue for research while receiving only permissible reimbursement for costs. The lawsuit says the videos were the result of numerous illegalities, including making recordings without consent, registering false identities with state agencies and violating non-disclosure agreements. (Crary, 1/14)

Reuters: Planned Parenthood Files U.S. Lawsuit Against Group Behind Secret Videos
The 65-page complaint alleged that the Center for Medical Progress is a "complex criminal enterprise" that violated racketeering laws, set up a fake company and secured false identification to access private abortion conferences and meetings in California, Maryland and Florida. The complaint also accused the group of violation of privacy, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and trespassing in connection with the video-recording campaign. The Center for Medical Progress called the lawsuit "frivolous" in a statement. (Skinner, 1/14)

In other Planned Parenthood news —

The Associated Press: Kansas Medical Board Clears Planned Parenthood Clinic
Kansas' medical board is taking no action against a Planned Parenthood clinic after completing an investigation into whether illegal sales of fetal tissue are occurring after abortions, a board document shows. A State Board of Healing Arts disciplinary attorney sent a letter to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri last week saying the board's disciplinary staff had investigated the organization's clinic in the Kansas City surburb of Overland Park, Kansas. The Associated Press on Thursday obtained a copy of the letter, which said a board disciplinary panel reviewed material gathered during the investigation. (Hanna, 1/14)

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