Sorry, Anti-Choice Zealots, Your Planned Parenthood Lies Are Being Destroyed One State At A Time

Out of more than a dozen state investigations so far, inquests by health officials in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Dakota have each exonerated the embattled women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing, including allegations of illegally selling fetal tissue. Exactly none of these investigations turned up evidence matching the accusations made by deceptively-edited videos released by an outfit called the Center for Medical Progress. Because of course not.

Several weeks ago, state investigators in Florida cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges but Governor Rick Scott scrubbed the results of the investigation from the official press releases. I suppose when the facts don’t match the GOP’s lies, they simply delete the facts.

On Monday, another state joined the list.

An investigation in Missouri found no evidence that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic mishandled fetal tissue or engaged in unlawful activity, Attorney General Chris Koster’s office said on Monday.

Koster’s office had launched an investigation after an anti-abortion group released videos over the summer alleging that Planned Parenthood in other states illegally sold fetal tissue.

“The evidence reviewed by my investigators supports Planned Parenthood’s representation that fetal tissue is handled in accordance with Missouri law,” Koster said in a news release. “We have discovered no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue.”

Oh, and we can add the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the list after it conducted its own federal-level investigation.

So, in case you’re keeping score at home, here’s the complete list of investigations that have each cleared Planned Parenthood of all (false) charges:

1) HHS
2) Pennsylvania
3) South Dakota
4) Massachusetts
5) Georgia
6) Indiana
7) Florida
8) Missouri

By the way, there are only three states where Planned Parenthood facilities donate fetal tissue to biomedical labs: California, Colorado, and Texas. And, predictably, investigations in those states will surely turn up zero evidence to corroborate the claims made by the Center for Medical Progress. So, not only are the investigations a waste of time in all of the states where fetal donation doesn’t occur in the first place, but regardless of the state, every single one of the investigations are based on fraudulent video evidence — as has been proven in countless fact-checks. Simply put: they’re all a waste of time and money.

Anti-choice Republicans might not be responsible for the scam videos, but they’re definitely conspirators after the fact — wasting taxpayer dollars on frivolous investigations while helping to perpetuate a series of falsehoods in an attempt to shut down an organization that objectively-speaking saves millions upon millions of lives every year, while also preventing 350,000 abortions per year via contraceptive services.