On Tuesday, a shady anti-abortion group, deceivingly named “Center for Medical Progress,” released a second video that—like the video released last week— manipulates footage to falsely portray a Planned Parenthood official discussing the price of fetal tissue.
Don’t believe the lies. These videos are part of a long-term, concerted campaign to undermine safe and legal abortion care and target abortion providers. Anti-abortion radicals are hurling these false accusations and attacks against Planned Parenthood in an attempt to discredit, harass, and stigmatize women and their doctors.
If you haven’t seen the response from Cecile Richards at Planned Parenthood, you should. We posted the video here on Facebook for you to view and share.
We’re already seeing Republican politicians trying to use this to defund Planned Parenthood and push for federal legislation banning some abortions. That’s what this campaign is really about.
Don’t believe that’s what this is really about? Check out this email New Mexico’s own extreme anti-abortion leaders sent to their members yesterday morning:
From: RTLCNM <rtlnm.org>
Date: July 22, 2015 at 12:19:16 PM MDT
Subject:Second Planned Parenthood Video Attached – RTLCNM’s ResponseThe good news is that legislation has been introduced by Diane Black (R-TN) and 80 original cosponsors that is H. R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.Please write to your Congressman/Congresswoman and ask them to support this bill…. WE MUST TAKE THIS ABORTION GIANT DOWN!
These are the radicals and politicians who have tried — and failed — to push an unpopular agenda that would take away access to birth control, do away with evidence-based sex education, and defund Planned Parenthood and the care we provide.
Now they’re hoping this video will give them some cover, to swing far to the right without the political ramifications they’ve faced in the past.We stand with Planned Parenthood because they are the most trusted women’s health organization in the country. And they have been for 100 years.
Don’t let calls from misled activists pressure New Mexico’s defenders of women’s health – Senators Tom Udall & Martin Heinrich, and Representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham – to support this shameless attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and cut women and doctors out of their own health decisions.
Send this quick message to our elected representatives to tell them you stand with Planned Parenthood, and so should they.
Stand with Planned Parenthood,
Pat, Alex, Victor, Lucas & Diana
The ProgressNowNM team
P.S. To learn more about the shady group behind this latest attack visit RH Reality Check.
Update: Senate Democrats block Republican effort to defund #PP
In a late-afternoon vote, Senate Democrats rallied to stop a Republican vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
I was on Capitol Hill in DC visiting with our New Mexico leaders as the debate played out and I couldn’t have been more proud of our Senators,Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, for sending a message to Republicans and voting to protect critical health care services Planned Parenthood provides to more than 15,000+ low-income New Mexicans.
Hundreds of ProgressNowNM members signed a petition to our Senators and Congresspersons asking them to stand against the deceptive campaign to defund #PP. They did!
PS – This fight isn’t over. Steve Pearce just signed on to a list of GOP men promising to shutdown the federal government if #PP isn’t defunded soon. We’re watching Pearce so you don’t have to. Stay tuned.