- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Dozens of protesters filled the sidewalks Tuesday near Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Pittsburgh’s Downtown, part of a nationwide outcry following the release of undercover videos leaked by a group that opposes the women’s health organization.

The protests advanced amid the release Tuesday of a third, graphic video by a group that calls itself the Center for Medical Progress. The latest undercover footage, posted on CMP’s website, shows a technician handling tissue collected after an abortion, Politico reported.

“We’re asking the government to investigate and bring charges against the people who have done this,” said protester Nicole Craig of Verona, who said she thinks the footage shows Planned Parenthood staffers discussing the illegal sale of organs and said she wants the federal government to stop funding the organization.

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania blasted the videos for being heavily edited, deceptive and obtained illegally. It dismissed the group leaking them as an “extreme activist organization whose sole mission is to prevent women from accessing health care and to destroy Planned Parenthood.”

“CMP has used footage obtained through deceit and unlawful behavior, including possible violations of state recording laws, federal tax laws and falsified state identification,” Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania said in a statement. “Then, they concoct wildly false stories through selective editing.”

Craig said she has been protesting against Planned Parenthood for years, but “the difference is now we have video evidence and proof about what’s going on, and we’re asking the government to step up and do what’s right.”

“I don’t believe it’s a woman’s right to end a child’s life when it’s not part of her own body; it’s taking residence there but it’s not hers,” said protester Henry Caruso, 63, of Carrick. “Too often it’s done for convenience, it’s done to get out of a jam, and the child suffers. The child deserves life.”

Clinic volunteers in neon pink vests stood by ready to escort patients past the protesters, who carried signs displaying phrases such as “Women & Children Deserve Better” and graphic images of aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania had urged media organizations Monday not to air the anticipated third video, which they expected “to represent an extreme violation of patient privacy by including footage of post-abortion fetal tissue neither patient nor health care professionals authorized be filmed.”

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