Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain's medical director is part of the latest video released Tuesday by anti-abortion rights group Center for Medical Progress. In the video, Dr. Savita Ginde appears to discuss compensation in exchange with a person from CMP.
But PPRM says that the video is heavily edited and its accuracy can't be confirmed. "We encourage you not to treat the conversation that is seen on tape as if it has been validated," said PPRM senior vice president of communications Marie Logsden in a statement to KGMH.
The sale of fetal tissue is illegal under federal law. Clinics are allowed to charge for processing donated material, notes the Coloradoan.
In response to another CMP video, Colorado Citizens For Life has also alleged that Colorado State University bought parts of aborted fetuses for its research. That caught the eye of Colorado U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, who has called for the university to respond to the allegations.
CSU denies that it bought any tissue from aborted fetuses, but the university has agreed to suspend any further fetal tissue acquisitions, reports the Coloradoan.
Tissue donations are key to medical research, and Sarah and Ross Gray know better than most what the value of very young human tissue can mean for scientific research. After they lost their six-day old infant, they donated his body, and later Sarah followed up on what her son meant to the organizations that received him. The short answer: a lot. Radiolab has their story: