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Mike Lee

Secret videos in abortion wars are nothing new

WASHINGTON The undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials matter-of-factly discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs may feel like a new political scandal, but the controversy and the hidden-camera reporting that sparked it are both well-worn political retreads. "It's an old story dressed up in new clothes," said Katie L. Watson, an assistant professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University. Fetal tissue research dates back to the 1920s, when it was used to help develop vaccines for rubella and polio. But it became politically charged following Rove v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The current controversy...