Planned Parenthood is facing a new controversy over two videos that have emerged showing figures in the organization discussing fees for the provision of parts of aborted fetuses for medical researchers. Planned Parenthood has said that the videos are misleading and deceptive for portraying the legal transfer of fetal tissue as profiteering but anti-abortion activists have seized on the videos as proof of the organization’s immorality.
YouGov’s latest research shows that most Americans (52%) continue to have favorable opinion of the women’s health group while 30% have an unfavorable view. The recent video scandal has not yet caused any significant shift in popular opinion of Planned Parenthood. In March 2014 55% of Americans had a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood while 31% had an unfavorable opinion.
Support for Planned Parenthood is highest among Democrats (76%) and people in the Northeast (64%). 52% of Republicans have a negative opinion of the women’s health group though 28% do have a positive opinion of Planned Parenthood.