‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’: Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign

Lawmakers, reproductive justice advocates, and the New York Times editorial board raise concerns about deceptive video

bySarah Lazare, staff writer

Lawmakers, fact checkers, and reproductive justice advocates sounded the alarm this week over a series of deceptive—and some say fraudulent—anti-choice videos aimed at slandering the not-for-profit organization that provides vital health services to millions of people a year.

Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-Calif.), and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) sent a letter on Wednesday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris urging them to investigate “whether any laws were broken by individuals who participated in an elaborate, multi-year scheme to impersonate corporate officials from a fake biologics company, secretly filmed video of a Planned Parenthood physician in California, and make public portions of the video without her consent.”

The shadowy anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress last week released a heavily-edited, nine-minute video that claims to “Hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their illegal sale of baby parts.” Its hidden camera footage depicts Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s director of medical services, explaining the processes of collecting fetal tissue to individuals from the Center for Medical Progress who falsely posed as buyers. Another video released this week depicts a different staffer with Planned Parenthood discussing fetal tissue.

However, the full video provides no evidence that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit, as many—including the organization itself—have noted.

The full and unedited footage of the discussion shows Dr. Nucatola clearly stating that Planned Parenthood “affiliates are not looking to make money by doing this. They’re looking to serve their patients and just make it not impact their bottom line.” Moreover, nowhere in the video does Nucatola discuss selling fetal tissue for profit.

“We know the real agenda of organizations behind videos like this, and they have never been concerned with protecting the health and safety of women.”
—Sasha Bruce, NARAL Pro-Choice America

“Clearly, the shorter version was edited to eliminate statements by Dr. Nucatola explaining that Planned Parenthood does not profit from tissue donation, which requires the clear consent of the patient,” wrotethe editorial board of the New York Times this week, slamming the move as “the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood.”

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, declared last week that the organization “stands behind our work to help women and families donate tissue for medical research when they wish to” and assured the public that “our donation programs—like any other high-quality health care providers—follow all laws and ethical guidelines.”

Furthermore, Planned Parenthood lawyer Roger Evans sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee raising concerns about the group that launched the multi-year campaign aimed at deceiving the public:

The head of the Center of Medical Progress is David Daleiden, who previously worked for the discredited anti-abortion group Live Action, wrote Evans. Over the last eight years, Mr. Daleiden has participated in at least 10 separate attacks on Planned Parenthood involving gaining access to our health centers and offices under false pretenses, taping staff (and sometimes patients) without their knowledge on at least 65 occasions (not counting this latest fraud) and misleading the public with heavily edited tapes and flat-out false charges.

Meanwhile, public health and reproductive justice advocates around the country are taking to social media to declare: “I stand with Planned Parenthood.” However, public support is not stopping a political storm in Washington, D.C.—where anti-choice lawmakers are grabbing onto the video’s false claims to launch their own efforts to erode access to reproductive health services.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation on Wednesday to completely slash federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Republicans in the House of Representatives are threatening to subpoena a Planned Parenthood official unless she voluntarily appears to testify about the charges levied in the video. And Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined 49 Republicans in sending an open letter sent a letter on Tuesday to the Justice Department and Health and Human Services Administration urging a full investigation into Planned Parenthood.

The right-wing media is having a field day with the videos. As watchdog group Media Matters pointed out Wednesday, Fox News “devoted 10 segments on seven separate programs in one day to hyping a deceptively edited video purporting to show Planned Parenthood ‘haggling’ over the price of ‘baby parts,’ while mainstream media and fact checkers roundly discredited the video and its smears.”

Health advocates, however, say they are not fooled.

“The heavily edited videos recently released are further evidence of the manipulative lengths that anti-choice extremists will go to make sure every door closes on women who need reproductive health care, and ban abortion entirely,” Sasha Bruce, senior vice president at NARAL Pro-Choice America, said this week. “We know the real agenda of organizations behind videos like this, and they have never been concerned with protecting the health and safety of women.”

Source: ‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’: Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Mainstream vs truth  | pickupakiikii

by: Kiikii Ann

Mainstream vs truth. How many times should we believe the lies of media corporations such as the BBC?

Over the years we have had contradiction after contradiction. We find cures they call lies, we find corruption, they twist it for the viewer. The control the media possess is absolutely gigantic, if 1000 regular joes posted articles about a 3 headed monster, no one would care, if the BBC released such article, it’s shocking how many would believe them. Here are some contradictions the media has caused controversy on. The demonising of medical cannabis, the cover up of corruption and outright lies that hold our populations under extreme brainwashing. 
Cancer treatments, the reason cannabis oil and other forms of natural treatment are not researched is because YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SICK! It’s what they want, cancer is the most profitable organisation for big pharma, it would lose these corporations billions if we could suddenly eat and grow away the cancer they have given to us via junk food and water pollution. Here is how the media assist these sick corporations.

TRUTH: via alternative media 

Diet and selenium https://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/nutrition/how-selenium-helps-protect-against-cancer
Epilepsy http://www.cureepilepsy.org/research/cbd-and-epilepsy.asp
Cancer http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/04/15/the-us-finally-admits-cannabis-kills-cancer-cells/
MS http://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/top-5-benefits-cannabis-multiple-sclerosis/

LIES: via mainstream media 


Child abuse.

For many years we have finally unsurfaced the extent of institutionalised child abuse within the media and political corporations. If it wasn’t for alternative media the BBC would have covered up the heinous crimes of jimmy saville forever. Not to mention the distasteful support for the McCann family and 1000s of historical and current abuse cover ups over the years. We know scape goats are used widely within mainstream media such as the hype they have caused by using Asian gangs as a way to remove blame from their own front door! Also you may like to know that children in need is one big lie! How many child abusers have formed from these sex traffickers? Child line, Jill dando! 

TRUTH: via alternative media 



LIES: via mainstream media 



Not just the war on drugs and the paedophile ring within the UK establishment, but also the war on terror, the mainstream media has spent a lot of effort turning the UK population into a right wing mentality! Race hate and class hate is one of the many areas the media are to blame, countless bullshit stories claiming Muslims hate dogs, sharia law, Asian gang rapes, stories detailing women stoned in middle eastern areas. The hate campaign has been relentless and if we break into a race war then most of that blame lays at the feet of mainstream media. 
The War on Middle East. Who are the terrorists? 

his is some of many, the support the media offers Israel when it’s clear to see the war on Gaza is purely one of profit. That gaddafi died for a currency, sadam was part of one big lie, as Osama worked for the CIA! Same CIA that created Al-quieda and Isis! 

So how about we ask ourselves what kind of media we want? Do we want the kind that hides truth and tells us what they want us to hear of do we actually fight for alternative media, one that is fair and unbiased, one that doesn’t have sex with children then cover it up? You decide.  


Source: Mainstream vs truth  | pickupakiikii

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Cries of Betrayal, Calls to Organize as Obama Approves Arctic Drilling

‘With this decision, President Obama has given Shell an open invitation to turn the Chukchi Sea into an energy sacrifice zone,’ said Marissa Knodel of Friends of the Earth

by: Sarah Lazare

President Barack Obama on Wednesday afternoon gave the final go-ahead for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, flouting fierce public opposition to the extraction over the severe danger it poses to the ocean ecosystem, climate, and coastal communities.

“The president has made a big mistake allowing Shell back into the Arctic,” declared Center for Biological Diversity Alaska director Rebecca Noblin in a press statement released Wednesday. “The risks of a devastating oil spill in this harsh environment are just too great, particularly for a company with such poor performance record. This is a reckless move by a country that is still struggling to reduce its impact on global warming.”

The permits granted Wednesday mean that the oil giant can commence with drilling exploratory wells as soon as its vessels and equipment reach the sea. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced it has included some conditions, limiting Shell to “drilling only the top sections of wells and prohibit Shell from drilling into oil-bearing zones.”

But campaigners say that the restrictions are weak, and the fact that Shell will now be permitted to drill in the Arctic constitutes a deep betrayal of Obama’s own pledge to make tackling climate change one of his top three priorities during his second term.

Moreover, the decision comes as scientists warn that to avert a climate catastrophe, the majority of fossil fuel deposits around the world must remain unused.

As the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune said in response to the Shell announcement on Wednesday: “The simple truth is that if we are to meet our climate goals, we must leave the vast majority of dirty fuels—including 100 percent of the Arctic Ocean’s oil—in the ground.”

“With this decision, President Obama has given Shell an open invitation to turn the Chukchi Sea into an energy sacrifice zone, threatening both the resilience of the American Arctic Ocean and his climate legacy,” Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Marissa Knodel declared Wednesday. “Shell will pollute the environment, threaten endangered species, impair the subsistence practices and livelihoods of coastal communities, and take us further down the path of climate disruption.”

Greenpeace USA declared in a tweet on Wednesday that “Shell cleared a major hurdle to drill in the Arctic, but it’s not too late for [the president] to stop them.”

Campaigners say the growing climate justice movement—which has protested Arctic drilling from land and sea—will not be discouraged by Wednesday’s development, and in fact, will pick up the pace.

“The fight to keep the Arctic Ocean off limits to Big Oil is not over, and climate activists will not let our future be dictated by Shell,” said Knodel. “President Obama will bear responsibility for the damage that Shell wreaks in the Arctic.”

Stephen Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International, said Wednesday that protesters are already preparing to respond to the administration’s decision: “Now all eyes are on Portland as Kayakativists converge on the City of Roses for Round 2 of the People vs. Shell.”

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Source: Cries of Betrayal, Calls to Organize as Obama Approves Arctic Drilling | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community