Testifying before Congress on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards said that she was proud of her organization’s aborted baby organ harvesting program.
"First, Planned Parenthood adheres to the highest standards. Second, Planned Parenthood is proud of its limited role in supporting fetal tissue research. Overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate recognized the value of this medical research when Congress passed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act of 1993, and it has led to lifesaving discoveries that are helping millions of Americans. Third, our affiliates’ facilitation of tissue donation in support of fetal tissue research is a miniscule part of the work of Planned Parenthood.
"Of the hundreds of health centers that are part of the Planned Parenthood network, currently just 1 percent facilitate their patients’ tissue donation in support of fetal tissue research. Women who visit our affiliates regularly express a desire to donate tissue from their abortion. But whether because researchers have not requested tissue from the local affiliate or because the local affiliate has chosen not to participate, very few of our health centers offer women this opportunity.
"For the few centers that are involved with fetal tissue research, our guidance goes above and beyond the requirements of the law. In fact, despite Mr. Daleiden’s nearly three-year effort to entrap Planned Parenthood, he failed to succeed in convincing even a single affiliate to enter into a procurement contract with his fake company.
"Even though our work involving fetal tissue research is a small part of what Planned Parenthood does, we are committed to continual improvement and meeting the highest medical and ethical standards in all we do, including facilitating tissue donations," Richards said.