Planned Parenthood Will No Longer Accept Reimbursement for Fetal Tissue
In the aftermath of the release of a series of stinging videos by anti-abortion advocates alleging Planned Parenthood illegally profits off the sale of fetal tissue — videos that led to an unsuccessful Republican effort to end its federal funding — the organization has announced it will no longer accept any reimbursement for the cost of its tissue donations to medical researchers, NPR reports.
Accepting reimbursements for those costs, the organization claims, is legal. Planned Parenthood's move, then, is meant only to debunk accusations that it's just out for profit, according to a letter penned by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. In the letter, sent to the National Institutes of Health, Richards also writes the recent rumors surrounding the organization's work are "categorically false."
"We're taking their smokescreen away and pushing forward with our important work on behalf of millions of women, men, and young people," she wrote, continuing that, "the participation by a handful of our affiliates in supporting women who choose to make fetal tissue donation has always been about nothing other than honoring the desire of those women and contributing to life-saving research and cures."
Going forward, Richard wrote, "any Planned Parenthood health center that is involved in donating tissue after an abortion for medical research will follow the model already in place at one of our two affiliates currently facilitating donations for fetal tissue research. That affiliate accepts no reimbursement for its reasonable expenses — even though reimbursement is fully permitted under the … law."
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