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Will undercover videos impact Planned Parenthood in Virginia?

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-05 10:02:03-04

RICHMOND, Va. - The nation's largest abortion provider is once again under fire after an edited, undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress was released.

The video, which features Planned Parenthood employees from Texas, alleges an effort is made to make a profit off fetal tissue or in this case in tact organs. This is the fifth such video published in as many weeks.

While Planned Parenthood officials are denying the accuracy of the video, saying it is out of context and edited, the videos are reigniting the de-fund Planned Parenthood movement.

Victoria Cobb with the Virginia Family foundation released this statement when an earlier Planned Parenthood video was released.

“These disturbing videos are revealing the true nature of the $1 billion abortion industry, its drive for profit and its complete lack of compassion for unborn human life. We again call on Governor McAuliffe to immediately suspend contracts with Planned Parenthood."

Over $500 million in tax payer money is given annually to Planned Parenthood, although none of that money can be spent on abortions.

"We stand behind Planned Parenthood because of the health services they provide," Tram Nguyen, an Executive Director with Virginia New Majority, a group that supports Planned Parenthood, said. "Abortion is just a fraction of what they do."

According to Planned Parenthood's website, less than three percent of their work involves abortion procedures.

Over 500,000 mammograms and over 400,000 Pap tests are given annually.

Since the videos were not involving Virginia-based clinics, Governor Terry McAuliffe has said he would not investigate the group here in Virginia.

While more undercover abortion related videos are expected to be released, sources say it is unlikely one would involve a Virginia Clinic since Virginia's Planned Parenthood rarely engages in tissue research.