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Obama Tells Planned Parenthood He’ll Fight To Maintain Abortion Rights

President Obama told attendees of Planned Parenthood's annual meeting that he will fight to maintain abortion rights and the group's federal backing. In the meantime, an antiabortion group releases undercover videos it took at abortion clinics.

Bloomberg: Obama Says Women Risk Losing Health Choices In State Battles
President Barack Obama said women are at risk of losing access to health care services because of attacks on Planned Parenthood and efforts to restrict abortion rights in U.S. states.  Speaking to the annual meeting of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Obama said he would fight to keep federal backing for the organization and maintain abortion rights, upheld 40 years ago in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision (Runningen, 4/26).

The New York Times: Group Shows Covert Video of a Bronx Abortion Clinic
An anti-abortion group that previously released several videotapes of undercover visits to abortion clinics released another video on Sunday of a staff member at a Bronx clinic describing late-term abortion procedures. The group likened the practices to those at the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor charged with killing viable fetuses (Yee, 4/28).

The Washington Post: Antiabortion Group Releases Videos Of Clinic Workers Discussing Live Births
One video features a D.C. doctor, Cesare Santangelo, who said that in the unlikely event that an abortion resulted in a live birth, "we would not help it." Santangelo was answering repeated questions from an undercover operative about what would happen, hypothetically, if she gave birth after an unsuccessful abortion (Somashekhar and Sun, 4/29).

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