After hack, Planned Parenthood goes on the offensive

The organization replaced its downed website with a page offering a message about ‘extremists’ and directing people to Facebook.

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Planned Parenthood has been under the microscope this month after the release of several videos—the third of which came out Tuesday—purporting to show doctors and other organization representatives selling fetal tissue.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the videos “disturbing,” though she ultimately defended Planned Parenthood. Republicans have called for the organization to stop receiving federal funding in the wake of the videos from the Center for Medical Progress.

That scrutiny has led to two separate attacks on Planned Parenthood’s website, the latest of which left the site down Thursday morning. The organization replaced its home page with a page offering this message:

Our site is not available due to an attack by extremists. 200,000 people a day are now being blocked from information and care by this attack. For more information about the attack, please visit Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Facebook page.

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