An anti-abortion group infiltrated Planned Parenthood's largest affiliate in a fifth video targeting the women's health and abortion provider for its involvement in collecting aborted fetal tissue.
The Center for Medical Progress collected footage on April 9 inside the Texas-based Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, featuring conversations between actors posing as human tissue buyers and Melissa Farrell, the affiliate's director of research.
Farrell appears to agree as one of the actors discusses compensating clinics with more money for fetuses that are obtained intact rather than in pieces but says any additional payments should reflect the extra time, cost and administrative burden of collecting intact fetuses.
Republicans in Congress are currently investigating Planned Parenthood over whether they have made a profit off obtaining fetal organs for biomedical companies, which would be illegal. Planned Parenthood has said it is compensated only for overhead costs.
Another accusation abortion opponents are levying at Planned Parenthood is that its doctors have breached medical standards of care by altering the abortion procedure so as to keep more of a fetus intact. In the latest video released Tuesday morning, Farrell says "yes, I think we can" when asked that question by the actors.
"If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget — that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments are this," Farrell said. "It's all just a matter of line items."
Farrell doesn't specifically address in the video whether Planned Parenthood clinics are paid for more than just the time and effort involved in collecting fetal body parts during abortions. In past videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, some Planned Parenthood officials have acknowledged the overhead costs are negligible.
Near the end of the 15-minute video, the actors watch as medical professionals pick through a glass container of fetal remains in the clinic's lab and explain the process of obtaining it.
The video is the fifth in a series of the videos targeting the group, which has prompted widespread calls from Republicans and abortion opponents to block all federal funding from its clinics. The Senate fell several votes short Monday of passing legislation to defund it.
Also Monday, a federal judge in California extended a temporary order until Aug. 27 banning the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any more videos that contain footage filmed at a National Abortion Federation meeting. The group has said it will release as many as a dozen videos total.