A second secretly-recorded video released by an anti-abortion rights group appears to show an official from Planned Parenthood negotiating prices for selling human tissue.
The new video from the Center for Medical Progress highlights a discussion between a woman posing as a buyer of human tissue, who is recording the video, and a woman the group identifies as Dr. Mary Gatter, a Planned Parenthood official.
In the video, Gatter refers to using a “less crunchy” technique to keep more fetal parts in tact, and asks the prospective buyer to suggest a price for the tissue.
At one point, during the negotiations over the compensation amount, Gatter jokes “I want a Lamborghini” and laughs.
Planned Parenthood, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, criticized a previous video form the Center for Medical Progress as being heavily edited, and has argued that it follows the law and is not profiting from any sales and is just being compensated for expenses.
The Center for Medical Progress and other opponents say the two videos suggest Planned Parenthood is profiting off the sale of fetal organs.
The first video, which was released last week and has been seen more than 2 million times online, set off a storm on Capitol Hill.
Republicans have blasted the group, and two panels are conducting investigations. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has vowed to seek to defund Planned Parenthood through amendments that could be offered to a federal highway funding bill.
In the new video, Gatter repeatedly asks the woman posing as the buyer to suggest a price for the tissue. However, she laster says that Planned Parenthood is not looking to profit from the sale of human tissue.
“We don’t want to be in the position of being accused of selling tissue and stuff like that,” she says. “On the other hand, there are costs associated with the use of our space, and all that kind of stuff.”
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards previously apologized for the “tone” in the first video that came out but has otherwise strongly defended the group’s work.
Planned Parenthood wrote a letter to Congress on Monday calling the videos part of a pattern of “illegal harassment” and saying that more videos were likely to surface. #ConradRocksNews