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With Planned Parenthood back in court trying to prevent the state of Missouri from revoking its abortion license, the crew of CBS This Morning went to bat for the abortion provider on Thursday, highlighting their defiance of a state regulation requiring a second pelvic exam 72 hours before an abortion and uncritically repeating President Leana Wen's talking points.
The segment started with CBS correspondent Meg Oliver in St. Louis at Missouri's last remaining abortion provider. She talked to an unidentified woman about her decision to have an abortion and how the additional pelvic exam added to her "misery."
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Before introducing David Eisenberg, the St. Louis Planned Parenthood's medical director, Oliver mentioned that the state had cited 30 "deficiencies" with the clinic, but did not cite any of the specifics, although on Wednesday, Oliver reported that one of those was performing an abortion at 21 weeks when Missouri law set the limit for legal abortions at 20 weeks. Oliver did not question Eisenberg on that or any of the other findings in the state's 60 page report, instead allowing him to freely attack the new regulation.
When the segment was over co-host and Obama friend and donor Gayle King told viewers that they should trust Planned Parenthood:
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You remember when the director, Dr. Leana Wen, was here, who is now the head of Planned Parenthood, a lot is at stake and she makes a very important case, you know Planned Parenthood is so much more than just abortions. You remember when the director, Dr. Leana Wen, was here, who is now the head of Planned Parenthood, a lot is at stake and she makes a very important case, you know Planned Parenthood is so much more than just abortions.
Fellow co-host Anthony Mason interjected, "Yes, it’s a very a small part of what they do,"...
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