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It's time for Fiorina to apologize to Planned Parenthood

Number-one fabrications about Planned Parenthood? Carly Fiorina at the start of Wednesday's GOP debate.

"Defunding Planned Parenthood" has become a shibboleth for Republican Presidential aspirants: as a legislator or governor, you can't stand as a credible candidate unless you've defunded the organization in your state or voted to do so.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Chairman Carly Fiorina can't compete on this score, never having ever held political office. So at this week's GOP debate she raised the ante, making the most extreme statement about Planned Parenthood of anyone in the field.

"As regards Planned Parenthood," she said, "anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."

This is a pure fabrication. Fiorina is referring to the surreptitious videotapes distributed by the inaptly-named anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress. The tapes have been conclusively discredited as heavily edited misrepresentations, but not even the "full" versions (though also somewhat edited, according to a Planned Parenthood analysis) show the scene Fiorina describes. Sarah Kliff at Vox, who has viewed every tape in full, provides a helpful guide to finding the scenes shot inside Planned Parenthood clinical laboratories.

It's possible that Fiorina is referring to one of another set of videotapes from CMP that include the shot of a moving fetus; the problem there is that this isn't CMP footage--it's credited to the Grantham...


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