Anti-abortion group releases new secretly recorded video

Anti-abortion group releases new secretly recorded video
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Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:50pm

The anti-abortion group that recently revealed two videos from a secret investigation into abortion clinics released a third on Thursday.

The group, Live Action, previewed it first to CNN, providing what appears to be full footage and an edited version.

The new, secretly recorded video focuses on the Family Planning Associates Medical Group in Phoenix.

Two other videos, released earlier this week, focused on the Dr. Emily Women's Health Center in New York and the Washington-based Washington Surgi-Clinic.

With the new video, Live Action levels the same claim it did in the previous two: That abortion clinic workers admit or suggest they're willing to kill babies who are born alive after botched abortions.

"What we're alleging is there is a federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act. And there are numerous state laws that protect infants," Live Action founder and president Lila Rose told CNN in an exclusive interview. "So we're alleging that there is potentially illegal activity going on in these clinics."

Live Action has been accused of pushing a hardline anti-abortion agenda using dubious tactics, including secret recordings. They've also been accused of heavily editing videos to achieve a desired effect.

Rose dismissed the criticism.

"Our agenda is the truth here. The truth about the brutality of abortion. and the truth that we believe every person deserves human rights. And that women can do better than this. That's our agenda. I'm very clear about that."

In all of the videos, a pregnant woman meets with workers at an abortion clinic and pretends to want an abortion. In each case, the woman is actually working, undercover, for Live Action. And in each case, the pregnant woman secretly records her conversations with those workers -- who are unaware they are being recorded.

The video shot inside the Phoenix medical group features three workers. The conversations on it do not prove any wrongdoing by any of FamilyPlanning's staff.

Dr. Paul Isaacson, part owner of the Phoenix facility, maintained that his clinic follows all applicable abortion laws.

"We have not had the opportunity to review the video or transcript of the video reportedly recorded in our office because it has not been provided to us," Isaacson said in a statement to CNN.

"However, the details of the video as described do not reflect the policies and procedures at Family Planning Associates Medical Group. Family Planning Associates Medical Group strictly adheres to all applicable state and federal laws regarding the delivery of abortion care," he added.

CNN has reached out to the various local, state and federal health and law enforcement agencies to determine if any will investigate Live Action's claims against the Phoenix medical group. CNN has not yet received a response.

Congress passed and President Bush signed the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act" in 2002.

The law states that any infant born alive, including any in an abortion attempt, must receive legal protections. Doctors must also work to save their lives. The law does not explicitly state that it is illegal to discuss hypotheticals of what might happen in such matters.

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