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AZ Gov Bans 'Sale' Of Fetal Tissue After Planned Parenthood Sting Video

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The Center for Medical Progress, the group that published the undercover video of Planned Parenthood senior director of medical research Deborah Nucatola discussing the procurement of tissue for researchers, is believed to have ties to the anti-abortion movement. In the video, Nucatola, over lunch and red wine, appears to tell two actors posing as representatives from a biologics company how transactions between abortion providers and scientific researchers for fetal tissue typically work, at times going into graphic detail of how coveted tissues are salvaged from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards apologized for Nucatola's "tone" in the video, but the organization said that video was heavily edited and that the practices Nucatola describes are within the legal and industry norms.

Two panels in the U.S. House of Representatives have opened investigations into the allegations The Center for Medical Progress raised with the video, as have a number of states.