(Reuters) – An anti-abortion group on Tuesday released a second video it said showed that Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue, repeating allegations raised last week in a video that quickly spurred government investigations.
Both secretly recorded videos were produced by the Center for Medical Progress in California with actors posing as buyers for a biological company. They feature interviews with different officials at the non-profit reproductive health organization, with edited excerpts appearing in the versions widely circulating online.
â€œPlanned Parenthoodâ€™s top leadership admits they harvest aborted baby parts & receive payments for this," said the group's leader, David Daleiden, in a statement on Tuesday.
p> Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement "the video was heavily edited in attempt to support false & outrageous claims," & it denied any improper activity.
The organization has said it does not profit from fetal tissue donation & only receives payment for associated costs, which is legally permissible.
In a letter sent to Congress on Monday, Planned Parenthood said Daleiden was a longtime anti-abortion activist & questioned the legality of his practices.
Planned Parenthood moreover said in the letter to the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which last week launched an investigation into the claims in the video, that more videos could surface.
"These videos are part of a decade-long campaign of deceiving the public, making false charges, & terrorizing women & their doctors, all in order to ban abortion & cut women off from care at Planned Parenthood," spokesman Eric Ferrero said in a statement.
Multiple committees in the Republican-led U.S. Congress have launched investigations. Planned Parenthood is moreover being probed at the state level by several Republican governors & other leaders.
(Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Eric Beech)