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Planned Parenthood site down due to anti-abortion extremists

The official Planned Parenthood website is currently unavailable due to what seems to be an attack by an anti-abortion extremist group earlier Thursday.

According to a post on the Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood Facebook page, the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America website is currently disabled; all online services will be temporarily unavailable until further notice. Planned Parenthood, however, released a phone number for patients who may still be in need of assistance.

The post reads:

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This attack by extremists comes hours after a fourth video was leaked claiming to be evidence of the non-profit selling fetal tissue, released earlier Thursday.

Similar to the previous three videos, the video shows actors posed as researchers meeting with Dr. Savita Ginde, a former medical director of the Denver Planned Parenthood Branch.

The video was released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, which has been accusing Planned Parenthood of selling aborted fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has continuously denied these claims, and were even granted a restraining order by a court Tuesday. The restraining order prevented the Center of Medical Progress from releasing videos of California officials discussing the selling of fetal tissue with researchers.

Planned Parenthood executive vice president told CNN on Tuesday the following:

“The opportunity to donate fetal tissue has been a source of comfort for many women who have chosen to donate. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our patients, and advocate for removing barriers to essential health care.”

Share your support for Planned Parenthood and women’s health today by using the trending hashtag #StandwithPP.

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Written by Natalie Rivera

Managing Editor Natalie Rivera is a proud feminist and freelance writer who enjoys writing anything pop culture-oriented, as long as it's women-positive. She earned her journalism degree in 2013 and has since then written for a variety of trending websites. Her heroes consist of David Bowie and Annie Clark, who are changing the way the world perceives sexual and gender fluidity. Follow her at @ByNatalieRivera.

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