Expect a Weekly Planned Parenthood Video for Months

Activist vows to continue undercover videos for 3 months
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2015 6:50 AM CDT
Expect a Weekly Planned Parenthood Video for Months
Mary Roy, of Potosi, Mo., holds a rosary in support of a pro-life rally, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, outside a Planned Parenthood building in St. Louis.   (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

An undercover video targeting Planned Parenthood made waves all the way to Congress. Now, the anti-abortion activist behind it says there's more where that came from. David Daleiden, 26, tells the New York Times he has enough footage—after infiltrating the organization over two and a half years—to release a new video each week for three months, in addition to a second video yesterday. It shows eight minutes of a conversation with Mary Gatter, a Planned Parenthood medical director, and implies the organization sells fetal body parts for profit, per the Daily Beast. A similar claim was made via the first video, though full footage showed the discussion of legal fetal-tissue donation and processing costs. Daleiden says his work was funded by $120,000 from at least a dozen donors who "believed in the mission and wanted to see it done."

The money helped him nab footage he knew was "going to shock a lot of consciences," he tells the Times. But though the "valuable consideration" of human fetal tissue is illegal under US law, Planned Parenthood is allowed to accept "reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue." In the most recent video, Gatter suggests $75 per specimen. An actor posing as a buyer tells her "that's way too low," and suggests $100. Gatter says she was actually going to suggest $50. At one point she jokes that she wants "a Lamborghini," but quickly says "no" and laughs. "We're not in it for the money," she adds. Daleiden's next videos will likely filter out as Congress works on spending bills, which could affect Planned Parenthood's funding, and as Republican presidential candidates duke it out in the first televised debates. (More Planned Parenthood stories.)

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