NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Anti-abortion activists have released an undercover video Tuesday showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.
The activists claim the video reveals illegalities.
Planned Parenthood says the activity in question is the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms.
The video, which was made covertly in 2014, depicts a conversation between Planned Parenthood medical services senior director Dr. Deborah Nucatola and anti-abortion activists posing as potential buyers for a biologics company.
Commercial sale of human fetal tissue is illegal under federal law. Non-commercial tissue donation is allowed if the woman undergoing an abortion gives consent.
The video was produced by the Irvine, California-based Center for Medical Progress. It was released with support from several anti-abortion organizations that call for a congressional investigation.
Planned Parenthood has national offices in New York and Washington, D.C.
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