Getting out from under the shadow of a series of sting videos won’t be as easy as Planned Parenthood thought it would be.
The abortion and clinical health care provider has been focusing on suing and generally besmirching the character of the Center for Medical Progress, which published the videos that show Planned Parenthood officials apparently haggling over the price of tissue samples and body parts from aborted children.
The videos have certainly damaged the organization’s carefully crafted PR image as a socially acceptable provider of women’s health care.
Unfortunately for Planned Parenthood and its supporters, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is taking the videos much more seriously than the mainstream media and the Left in general are.
The committee on Friday sent Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, a letter demanding she turn over seven key types of documents, covering the past five years, before the end of the month.
The last request is a zinger, asking Planned Parenthood to identify “what procedures, services, or other medical treatments are available only or exclusively at a Planned Parenthood affiliate or health center that are covered by either a state’s Medicaid program or a health plan sold via a state exchange or HealthCare.gov under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
Since Planned Parenthood supporters often characterize any questioning of abortion as an attack on “women’s health care,” that last question is essentially asking the organization to justify its existence if it’s going to downplay its role as the nation’s leading abortion provider.
The organization has recently been challenged on claims that it provides services to poor women that they can’t get elsewhere. A study by the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that nationally, there are 20 comprehensive women’s health care clinics for every Planned Parenthood.
If Planned Parenthood were defunded, the money could simply be channeled to a legitimate women’s health care institution that doesn’t peddle abortion.
That would be a step in the right direction.