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Planned Parenthood Federation of America has denounced a secretly recorded video that purported to show one of its senior administrators discussing the sale of fetal organs obtained from controversial partial abortion procedures, saying the video was deceptively edited to create the appearance of impropriety. Shown above, the video is titled “Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts.

Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of communications, condemned the video from the conservative, anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress, based in Irvine, California. He said in an email statement that the video was edited to make it appear as if Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, was discussing the sale of fetal parts from the controversial partial abortion procedure.

“These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn’t matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood,” Ferrero said Wednesday in an email statement.

“Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned,” he continued. “Our medical practices and guidelines in this area are clear, and we do this important work just like other high-quality health care providers — with full, appropriate consent from patients, under the highest ethical and legal standards, and with no financial benefit for the patient or Planned Parenthood.”

Ferrero continued his statement, writing that Nucatola was speaking about standard reimbursement fees for costs associated with tissue donation programs, “which every health care provider has and which the federal law provides for.”

Indeed, the videos come at a time when the nation is gearing up for another presidential election in 2016, and Planned Parenthood appears to be a favorite target of conservatives.

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