For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Contact: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Media Office: 212-261-4433
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Video Released Today:
Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women’s health care provider in this country, and we have provided excellent care for nearly 100 years. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our patients.
A third very heavily edited video was publicized today, without the original footage for verification, by activists who have been widely discredited. Based on a two-minute edited excerpt from a lengthy conversation, false and baseless accusations are being promulgated again about medical providers.
It is a profoundly offensive violation of privacy and dignity that anti-abortion extremists entered our laboratory under false pretenses and are now broadcasting video of a part of the process for a safe abortion. Publicizing secret video footage of a woman's abortion process is a grossly offensive act that should be rejected by all regardless of political perspective. While we cannot discuss private security matters, we are doing all that we can to upgrade our extensive security systems and to foster an environment in our country where providers of essential women's health care and their patients are not subject to threats, harassment, and intimidation.
The opportunity to donate fetal tissue has been a source of comfort for many women who have chosen to donate. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our patients, and advocate for removing barriers to essential health care.
Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation's largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
July 28, 2015