Planned Parenthood exonerated, says Planned Parenthood-funded analysis of undercover videos
August 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A Planned Parenthood-funded analysis of eight explosive undercover videos has found that they would have no "evidentiary value" in a legal case against Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood announced today.
The abortion provider paid Fusion GPS, a D.C.-based opposition research firm headed by Glenn Simpson, to analyze both the shorter and the hours-long full videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.
"CMP edited content out of the alleged 'full footage' videos, and heavily edited the short videos so as to misrepresent statements made by Planned Parenthood representatives," the report, posted by Planned Parenthood, stated. "The videos also lack credibility as journalistic products."
However, the report conceded that "these edits removed likely irrelevant content from the beginning and end of the interviews."
While its analysis found that "all four videos also contained intentional edits that removed content from the middle of the videos," it concluded that some of these resulted from investigators switching from one recording device to another.
The firm says it had television producer Scott Goldie and video forsensics expert Grant Fredericks to examine at the footage after Fusion GPS staff looked at it. They also hired an independent transcription service to compare its transcriptions with those posted by the Center.
Goldie noted that CMP edits included adding music and clearly replaying selected statements.
Fredericks said jumps in the videos' timestamps make it obvious edits had occurred.
The report dwells on the fact that a few references to Biomax actor as "David" have been removed from the transcripts, as well as the fact that the shorter videos do not contain less inflammatory statements, which Fusion says add "context."
"We've said all along that the videos were heavily edited to deceive the public and now we have expert, independent analysis that confirms it," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said.
The Fusion GPS/Planned Parenthood report denies that a lab technician said "it's a baby" in one video, arguing that an abortion facility lab technician uttering such a phrase would "simply makes no sense."
While it admits a tech sais an aborted baby is "another boy," it argues the tech's words may have been taken out of context or enticed.
"Planned Parenthood’s abortion providers are far more honest about the brutal reality of their work than the paid political consultants at the national office," Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue and a CMP board member, told LifeSiteNews. "One need only watch the video and hear the truth for themselves straight from the mouths of the ghoulish killers."
The transcription services aid the Texas transcript contained 4,000 words not in the full footage, noting "some" of it is found in the shorter videos.
The report says that CMP's transcript omits more than 4,000 words in the full video when, for instance, Mary Farrell says that Planned Parenthood will not ask minors or prisoners to sign donation consent forms.
"Our commitment is to get all the facts and share them fully, and that’s what we’re doing today,” Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said today. “We’ve said all along that these videos were heavily edited to deceive the public, and that’s what this expert analysis now shows. The more the public learns about this fraudulent, baseless attack on women’s health, the better, and that’s why today we’re laying everything out for leaders in Congress and for the public.”
But David Daleiden, the lead investigator for CMP, dismissed "Planned Parenthood’s desperate, 11th-hour attempt to pay their hand-picked 'experts' to distract from the crimes documented on video" as "a complete failure."
"The absence of bathroom breaks and waiting periods between meetings does not change the hours of dialogue with top-level Planned Parenthood executives eager to manipulate abortion procedures to get high-quality baby parts for financially profitable sale," he said.
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"If Planned Parenthood really wants to disprove the now-overwhelming body of evidence that their affiliates traffic in baby body parts, they should release their fetal tissue contracts with the for-profit company StemExpress for law enforcement, Congress, and all the world to see," Daleiden said.