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On top of apologizing for a top official’s tone in a controversial video, Thursday the president of Planned Parenthood also denied the clip’s allegation that her organization profits from tissue donation.

“Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements. As always, if there is any aspect of our work that can be strengthened, we want to know about it, and we take swift action to address it.”

Since the video’s release on Breitbart earlier this week, conservative elected officials have been outraged and even called for congressional hearings on the incident.  In regards to the allegations that Planned Parenthood sells baby body organs and tissue Cecile Richards, the group’s president said:

“I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true. Our donation programs like any other high-quality health care providers follow all laws and ethical guidelines.”

Richards used Twitter on Wednesday to fight back at lawmakers and presidential candidates who called for congressional hearings on Planned Parenthood.

“GOP leaders, including most of the ’16 field, are tripping over themselves to attack PP because they think that’s how to win elections”

Many Republican candidates have even promised to go as far as to defund federal dollars to Planned Parenthood if elected.


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