Appeals court refuses to toss Planned Parenthood video suit

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (May 16, 2018) — A U.S. appeals court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood over videos that a group says show employees of the organization illegally selling parts of aborted babies.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that allowed racketeering and other claims by Planned Parenthood against the Center for Medical Progress to proceed.

Planned Parenthood says the center surreptitiously accessed its conferences to gain meetings with its staff and create deceptively edited and false videos that were posted online.

Planned Parenthood denied wrongdoing in connection with its fetal tissue practices.

The videos stoked the American abortion debate when they were released in 2015 and increased Congressional scrutiny of Planned Parenthood.

An attorney for the center, Jeff Trissell, said the ruling, while disappointing, won't affect the center's case very much.

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