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Senator Coats Proposes A Bill To Remove Funding for Planned Parenthood After the Release of Controversial Videos

Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. The bill would prohibit any federal funding from going to the organization. Just yesterday, Coats released a video in which he accuses Planned Parenthood of profiting from abortion through organ harvesting. Planned Parenthood rejects the claim. The controversy began as a result of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group which describes itself as “a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.” The group has released three videos so far, each related to the organization’s donation of fetal tissue for use in medical research. Planned Parenthood says the footage was obtained through deceit and possibly by violating state recording laws, federal tax laws and falsified state Identification. They added that these videos are a violation of patient privacy and have been selectively edited. The executive vice president of Planned Parenthood said yesterday the organization does not make a profit on fetal tissue.  Coats’ legislation, if passed, would allocate Planned Parenthood funding to other women’s health organizations that do not provide abortions.

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