Planned Parenthood Ready for Its Next Battle (at Idaho Statehouse) 

Days after Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion activists, Planned Parenthood is keeping a close eye on the Idaho legislature

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest's Hannah Brass Greer: "We remain vigilant and ready to fight."

Pete Brooks

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest's Hannah Brass Greer: "We remain vigilant and ready to fight."

In spite of a Texas grand jury indicting two anti-abortion activists behind an undercover video campaign to smear Planned Parenthood, Idaho Statehouse watchers say a bill could surface that follows that same agenda.

National media outlets reported surprise when the Houston-area grand jury, investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood, instead indicted the two abortion opponents, charging them with tampering with government documents—a felony.

Hannah Brass Greer, Idaho legislative director and public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, said her organization was, "pleased though not surprised," when the grand jury handed up the indictments against the man and woman behind a scheme that involved recording covert videos of Planned Parenthood employees purportedly discussing the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood insisted the filmmakers, in their attempt to defame the health care provider, committed mail fraud, trespassed and conducted illegal secret recordings.

"These people broke the law to spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood," Greer told Boise Weekly. "And Idaho women know that politicians in our state who continue to cite those criminal acts by those individuals in an effort to restrict access to reproductive health care, do so to promote that same extreme agenda here at home."

Greer is in her 10th year at the Idaho Statehouse, lobbying on behalf of reproductive rights. She had little time to celebrate the Texas news, which broke late in the day Jan. 25. Instead, she's busy preparing to defend her organization and its mission at the Statehouse.

"I expect at least one bill [in this year's legislative session] limiting abortion access and another bill prohibiting the donation of fetal tissue—the latter a direct response to the discredited videos for which these individuals have been indicted," Greer said. "We remain vigilant and ready to fight any proposal that seeks to limit access to reproductive health care, including attacks on access to abortion or against Planned Parenthood as a provider of high quality reproductive health care to thousands in Idaho."

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