Planned Parenthood’s Pres.: It was Entrapment!

Planned Parenthood insisted it didn’t break any laws and was the subject of an effort to “entrap” it, but the organization’s president, Cecile Richards, struggled Tuesday to defend the need for hundreds of millions of dollars in new federal funding every year.

Ms. Richards fiercely defended Planned Parenthood against accusations from Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and accused the Center for Medical Progress, which caught Planned Parenthood officials on camera appearing to be negotiating the sale of aborted fetal tissue for research, of misleading editing and falsehoods.

She also seemed to withdraw her apology issued after the first video was released this summer, saying she’s now had a chance to review the whole context and did not see anything wrong with the “statements” made by Dr. Deborah Nucatola — though she stood by her reprimand of the doctor for having the caught-on-tape conversation with the undercover CMP cameraman in a restaurant, which was a nonconfidential, nonclinical setting.

And Ms. Richards said “harassment” of women seeking abortions “has only gotten worse” since the videos, but said her organization’s services provide critical health services — going well beyond abortion — for women across the country.