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Analysis Finds Planned Parenthood Videos Were Manipulated

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05:  A Planned Parenthood location is seen on August 5, 2015 in New York City. The women's health organization has come under fire from Republicans recently after an under cover video allegedly showed a Planned Parenthood executive discussing selling cells from aborted fetuses.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The videos being used as evidence of criminal activity against Planned Parenthood have been altered, according to new evaluation. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-choice extremist group working against Planned Parenthood, heavily edited and manipulated their undercover videos, making them unreliable for any official investigation.

A team of investigators studied the first four videos in both short and long form. About 30 minutes had been cut from some of the supposedly unedited versions of the videos. They also hired a transcription service to transcribe the videos and compare them with the transcripts released by the CMP. The transcribers didn't know that the client was Planned Parenthood. The comparison showed "substantive omissions" from the CMP transcripts. One transcript in particular omitted as many as 4,000 words.

The investigation concluded that "the manipulation of the videos does mean they have no evidentiary value in a legal context and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries unless CMP provides investigators with its original material, and that material is independently authenticated as unaltered."

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Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, shared the report with Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leaders, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner, both Republicans. Planned Parenthood denies the charges with this evidence hopefully serving as further proof to stop congressional investigations.

David Daleiden, the director of the CMP, released a statement in response to the analysis of his group's videos, saying that "Planned Parenthood's desperate, 11th-hour attempt to pay their hand-picked 'experts' to distract from the crimes documented on video is a complete failure."

Daleiden also addressed the gaps in the footage, blaming the edits on bathroom breaks and waiting periods between meetings.

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