- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that Planned Parenthood has some explaining to do after undercover videos showed officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

“I have seen pictures from them and I obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions. I think there are two points to make,” Mrs. Clinton said. “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.

“And if there’s going to be any kind of congressional inquiry, it should look at everything and not just one part of it,” she added.

Planned Parenthood claims the Center for Medical Progress used “heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape” that “falsely” portrayed Planned Parenthood executives discussing fetal tissue extraction, cost and transportation. The group explained that some women who have abortions choose to donate tissue for scientific research, but there is no financial benefit for such donations, the Union Leader reported.

Republican presidential hopefuls have condemned the videos and called for public defunding of Planned Parenthood. Mrs. Clinton, however, said the group’s funding is no more at risk than it has been in the past.

“I’m well aware that passions are very high,” she said. “I have said for more than 22 years that abortion should be legal, safe and rare. As first lady, I led an effort to try to lower the number of teenage pregnancies and we succeeded, and as president I will continue to work toward that so that women are fully empowered, they can afford to make responsible decisions, and I hope we will be successful at that.”

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