WASHINGTON (BP) — Congressional testimony by Planned Parenthood’s president failed to satisfy the concerns of lawmakers and pro-life advocates in the wake of undercover videos providing evidence the organization trades in baby body parts.
Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), denounced charges — apparently of unethical or illegal activity by her organization — based on the videos as “offensive and categorically untrue” in a House of Representatives hearing Sept. 29.
Richards did not directly address a question about manipulation of the abortion procedure to procure body parts. Richards also said the person who testified on a video about the dissection of a child outside the womb is not a Planned Parenthood employee and no such event has occurred at one of its clinics.
The executive’s testimony fell far short of clearing PPFA of the troubling evidence on the videos, said Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist.
“Nothing that Ms. Richards said before Congress removes any of the deeply disturbing signs that we’ve seen pointing to an industry of human trafficking within Planned Parenthood clinics,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “Further, she consistently dodged important questions about the prominence of abortion in Planned Parenthood’s revenue and about Planned Parenthood’s practices toward infants who survive abortions.”
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