CMP, Producer Of Planned Parenthood Videos, Targeted By House Democrats

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It was bound to happen sooner or later.  After Rep. Jason Chaffez (R-UT), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, opened an official investigation of not just Planned Parenthood, but the Department of Health and Human Services, the Democrats on his committee are demanding the same treatment – answering for what they have done – of the Center for Medical Progress.  From the Washington Times:

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also said it’s possible some of his colleagues in Congress knew about CMP’s activities and didn’t flag them for potential illegal behavior.

“These disturbing actions raise questions about whether the Center for Medical Progress has broken federal or state laws, and whether some members of Congress may have been aware of these potentially illegal activities before they were made public earlier this year,” the Maryland congressman wrote in a Thursday letter to David Daleiden, chief executive of CMP.

Mr. Cummings‘ letter asks for documents on CMP funding, donors, associates, activities and meetings and copies of all video and audio footage with Planned Parenthood employees.

Since, as we all know, congressional investigations mean absolutely nothing other than good publicity if the Department of Justice is not interested, there is sufficient reason to suspect that Mr. Daleiden and CMP will be vilified for their work in exposing the trafficking of fetal organs, even if Planned Parenthood calls the pricing structure “incurred costs,” which should not require negotiation, but we’re not supposed to notice that.

No, what we are supposed to notice in the midst of the outrage garnered by not just disturbing footage of physicians who are supposed to be the protectors of life discussing less crunchy techniques for killing unborn children is that in order to get the video, CMP went undercover and didn’t tell the subjects of the videos that they were being taped.

“Anti-abortion activists are trying to discredit and destroy Planned Parenthood,” said CREDO Action, which has collected some 133,000 signatures on a petition telling Democrats in Congress to “Stand up forPlanned Parenthood and block any attempts to undermine or defund” it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, responded to the early videos by calling for an investigation “of those people who were trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist.”…

The July 21 letter [to the Justice Department] — from Democratic Reps. Janice D. Schakowsky of Illinois, Zoe Lofgren of California, Jerrold Nadler of New York and Yvette D. Clarke of New York — asked that CMP be examined for its impersonations of biotech officials, creating a false biotech corporate entity and possibly filing falsified tax returns and other documents with state and federal agencies….

Officials for CMP “deceptively misrepresented its goals and objectives toPlanned Parenthood employees on a consistent basis to get access to information they otherwise would have never been privy to,” Ms. DeGette wrote to Rep. Tim Murphy, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

In light of this deceptive behavior, their “misleading editing” raises questions about the videos, she wrote.

Having watched the videos themselves, the editing is not misleading in any way.  The clips are of complete sentences and thoughts in context with what the person speaking means to say.  In this case, the propaganda spin is obvious and not even well done.  The attempt here is to discredit CMP for going that specific route in getting Planned Parenthood to admit to what they are willing to do in the name of “science” and improving their bottom line.  What do the Democrats think CMP should be doing?  Asking questions on talk radio?  The only thing that was going to work was undercover video and witness statements, which is what CMP did.

By all accounts, CMP followed the laws of each state where they taped lunch conversations and negotiations as pertains to undercover video.  Each state has different laws in regards to this.  What they did was, yes, sneaky, and a bit underhanded, but which is the bigger crime?  Video taping a conversation without a person knowing, or killing unborn children in a certain way in order to be able to harvest organs from the baby?

That’s the question Democrats don’t want to have to have answered.

Earlier this week, CMP released the seventh video in the series, which featured Holly O’Donnell a former procurement specialist with an organ broker turned whistleblower.  In many ways, it was the best – and the worst – video yet.  More information on that can be found here.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.