Accusations by Planned Parenthood officials against pro-life leaders are empty attacks, those pro-lifers say.
"This is an age-old tactic of Planned Parenthood," Operation Rescue's Troy Newman says of the abortion giant. "They want to pretend like they're the victim and not the victimizer."
That's because Planned Parenthood is reeling from the release of videos – now four of them – that depict the dissecting, sorting, and selling of aborted babies – their organs, heads and limbs.
The Center for Medical Progress released the videos, and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has accused the undercover investigators of being part of fringe pro-lifers who stalk - and even kill - abortionists.
Newman says Richards (pictured below) is trying to gain sympathy from the public "and deflect from the fact that they're killing children, selling their body parts and profiting from that. So they have to make someone else the villain."
The accusations by abortion supporters have also targeted Mark Harrington of Created Equal, who calls the accusations a standard tactic of attacking the messenger.
"That's all she's doing," Harrington says of Richards. "They are in major damage control right now and doing everything they can to try to keep people from watching these videos."
But it won't work, says Harrington, and if anything the attacks by Planned Parenthood fuel people's interest in finding out more.
Texas wants answers
In other news related to the videos, the attorney general in Texas has announced his office is investigating Planned Parenthood in the Lone Star state.
Attorney General Ken Paxton testified before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this week, outlining the ongoing investigation. Planned Parenthood officials were invited to attend but didn't, claiming the hearing was political, says Emily Horne of Texas Right to Life.
Horne says the issue is relevant in Texas because a Planned Parenthood affiliate is involved in the controversy over harvesting fetal tissue for research. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast describes the research on its website, she says.
"And the question is, of course, whether or not laws are being broken," Horne says.
Research company goes to court
One of the videos released by Center for Medical Progress includes research company StemExpress, which works with Planned Parenthood to buy aborted baby body parts.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kevin Theriot notes that StemExpress sought and got a restraining order in court to stop Medical Progress from releasing any more videos that feature the company.
The order remains in effect until an August 21 hearing, though Medical Progress can release other videos not related to StemExpress.