This is according to POLITICO:
Planned Parenthood has hired high-profile Washington public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker as it scrambles to deal with the ongoing scandal and release of a third undercover video Tuesday showing a clinic’s staff handling fetal tissue after an abortion.
The additional PR firepower reflects the growing pressure on the women’s health organization amid building GOP calls to cut its $540 million in government funding. House Majority Leader [mc_name name=’Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001165′ ] (R-Calif.) earlier this week called to halt Planned Parenthood’s federal funding while Congress investigates whether the organization broke a federal ban on profiting from fetal tissue donation. The Senate plans to hold a vote on a defunding amendment from [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] (R-Ky.) and others that is likely to fail.
SKDKnickerbocker is no newbie to working on Planned Parenthood issues. The Democratically aligned firm is run by well-connected operatives, including Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen. It also worked with the group during the 2012 election cycle, according to SKDKnickerbocker’s website.
The claims that the video released by the Center for Medical Progress are “highly edited” have fallen flat, and you can’t really say they’re not in it for profit based on today’s release. So, the only thing left to do is to… try to suppress the video from getting out. The media is all too happy to comply with the release, looking for any reason to not act against their own interests.
The group circulated a memo to reporters and producers late Monday that discouraged them from airing the undercover videos, arguing that they were obtained under false identification and violated patient privacy.
“Those patients’ privacy should not be further violated by having this footage shared by the media,” the memo reads.
Planned Parenthood also has lobbying firms Capitol Counsel on retainer. Glover Park Group has also previously done work for the group. Planned Parenthood spent nearly $1.3 million on lobbying during the first six months of 2015, according to federal disclosures.
Such an interesting claim here, that the public relations firm for noted Baby Parts Selling Ghouls to claim. Patients’ privacy would involve patients. The dictionary defines “patient” as “a person receiving or registered to receive medical treatment.” There are no women who have gotten abortions in the videos that have been released so far. The only non-Planned Parenthood people should are… the aborted babies?
P.S. There are rumors over at HotAir that another video is already in the hands of the Texas Attorney General’s office and could be unveilled during a Texas Senate Hearing tomorrow. That would be terribly exciting – it’s not clear if it’s a CMP video or the AG’s own investigation, but the Houston Planned Parenthood center is saying there could be as much as eight hours worth of video. Good lord.