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Planned Parenthood’s Health Services Decline as Abortions, Tax-Payer Funding Rise

Planned Parenthood is receiving more government funding and performing more abortions than it did 10 years ago. Meanwhile, non-abortive services like cancer screenings are on the decline.

Pro-life activist group Live Action summarized the data in a new video released Monday. (Scroll down to watch.)

The abortion provider is attempting to stave off a heated effort to strip its tax-payer funding. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed a bill allowing states to defund Title X of the Public Health Services Act, which funds family planning services. The bill was passed by the Senate in March with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

An obvious swipe at Planned Parenthood, the bill was called a “major pro-life victory” by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Democrats decried the action, claiming it would rob women of critical health care.

Planned Parenthood defenders often point to the fact that federal law already prohibits tax-payer funding of abortions. They also cite numbers claiming abortion makes up only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s work. But that hasn’t stopped pro-life activists and Conservative lawmakers from fighting it.

Planned Parenthood currently receives over $500 million in government funding. That’s reportedly up from $272 million in 2004, as Live Action pointed out in its new video. Despite the bump in tax-payer dollars, Planned Parenthood’s clientele is the smallest it’s been in a decade. Live Action reports that the number of Planned Parenthood clients has dropped by half a million in six years. In the last 10 years, the organization closed over 200 facilities.

Also in the last decade, Planned Parenthood’s annual breast exams have dropped by 60 percent. It now does less than 2 percent of the nation’s breast exams. Pap tests have dropped by 77 percent, now accounting for less than 1 percent of all pap tests in the nation. Abortions, however, increased by 27 percent between 2004 and 2014. Today, Planned Parenthood performs nearly 35 percent of America’s abortions.

LifeSite News listed the exact numbers, which come straight from Planned Parenthood’s own reports.

“America’s women and children deserve better,” Live Action president Lila Rose told LifeSite. “Washington must ensure that taxpayer money spent on health care for women is actually spent on health care, not on keeping the doors to America’s largest abortion chain open.”

(For more from the author of “Planned Parenthood’s Health Services Decline as Abortions, Tax-Payer Funding Rise” please click HERE)

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The Market for Baby Body Parts Is Growing: New Video of Planned Parenthood Exec

Planned Parenthood has trafficked in human organs. We know that they don’t merely “donate tissue” but negotiate the sale of baby body parts.

Just ask Mary Gatter, the Planned Parenthood doctor who once joked that she “wanted a Lamborghini” while haggling over the price of a dead baby’s organs.

Dr. Gatter is the Medical Directors’ Council President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She isn’t a fringe figure in the world of abortion providers — she’s the leading light. And she has a starring role in a new undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

If you thought maybe Dr. Gatter’s previous video simply showed her on a bad day, check out this new footage.

Dr. Gatter is as eager as ever to talk price points and “specimens” with a tissue buyer she has just met at a conference. She cuts right to the chase. Identifying herself in her role with the clinic at Planned Parenthood of Pasadena, she asks:

“What kind of volume do you need, and what gestational ages?” Her eye gleams as she raises an eyebrow to the tissue buyer. She explains that she “did it in L.A., I’m committed to it. I think it’s a great idea… you have to pay a little money for use of the space, but we’re not greedy about that.”

For use of the space is weasel-speak used by abortion profiteers. It means blood money, and it’s very different from a shared rental agreement. When the prospective buyer asks about what she’d expect “in terms of compensation,” Gatter explains the numbers: “Per specimen, like $75 a specimen, or $50 a specimen?”

The buyer explains that he’s been quoting $50. Gatter is quick to correct him on the current state of the fetal tissue market.

“Fifty is on the low end. Fifty was, like, twelve years ago.”

If this were a nominal fee for the use of space at the clinic, the numbers would be about time and square footage, not volume and gestational age. But this is about the market for baby body parts, which has been around for more than a decade. And in that time it’s seen 50% growth.

No wonder Planned Parenthood was so willing to discuss these transactions with a potential buyer.

Gatter has a lot of experience to share. She “believes in it,” after all. As the Medical Director for PPLA, she oversaw their partnership with Novogenix Laboratories, a local for-profit fetal organ and tissue harvesting company. In the video, she tells her potential buyer about her relationship with Novogenix and how they went up to 24 weeks at PPLA and a “lovely tech” regularly visited two of their sites to harvest fetal organs.

From CMP:

According to contracts and invoices, the real-life fetal organ and tissue wholesaler companies Novogenix, StemExpress, and Advanced Bioscience Resources all made monthly payments to Planned Parenthood based on the number of resalable fetal specimens the wholesalers’ workers could harvest inside the abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood told Congressional investigators it kept no contemporaneous records of actual costs for reimbursement under the law.

The Novogenix contract promises Planned Parenthood Los Angeles $45 “per donated specimen.” Planned Parenthood Los Angeles does over 15,000 abortions every year, but has never publicly admitted how much money they received total under their contract with Novogenix. In December 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel both referred Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and Novogenix to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for further investigation and criminal prosecution.

CMP project lead David Daleiden notes, “The fact that Novogenix, StemExpress, and ABR stationed their own workers inside Planned Parenthood abortion clinics to perform the harvesting, packaging, and transport of aborted baby body parts demonstrates that Planned Parenthood had no reimbursable costs under the law. The volume-based sums that Planned Parenthood charged these businesses for baby parts are criminal trafficking and profiteering in fetal body parts. The U.S. Department of Justice should take heed of the Congressional investigations’ criminal referrals and prosecute Planned Parenthood to the full extent of the law, and taxpayers must stop being forced to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s criminal abortion empire.”

If you want to watch the unedited, full video clip, the Center for Medical Progress made that available here. (For more from the author of “The Market for Baby Body Parts Is Growing: New Video of Planned Parenthood Exec” please click HERE)

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Ivanka Trump Secretly Met With Planned Parenthood Boss

Ivanka Trump initiated a meeting with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards after her father was inaugurated as U.S. president, a new report revealed.

The first daughter and Cecile Richards met to talk about the nation’s largest abortion chain at Ivanka Trump’s request, in what Politico called an “under-the-radar meeting.”

A representative from the abortion giant said Ivanka Trump wanted “to know more about the facts of Planned Parenthood,” according to the political news outlet.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens called it “an explainer meeting” . . .

“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” said Laguens. “The main thing that Cecile Richards was doing was explaining that the money doesn’t actually go to abortions — we get reimbursed the same way a hospital does. We were clearing up misinformation about how this works.” (Read more from “Ivanka Trump Secretly Met With Planned Parenthood Boss” HERE)

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Persecution of Journalists Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Is Malicious

We are witnesses to an abuse of power by government that represents a test of our democracy. Anyone who fails to rally to the cause of the Americans victimized in this case should be discredited.

Though I have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump when I think he deserves it, he is not involved.

I refer to the Kafkaesque malfeasance by Xavier Becerra, attorney general of California. Becerra, for many years a Democratic congressman, is using his office to hound two citizen journalists. They came into his sights because their videos exposed the sickening reality behind the euphemistic surface of Planned Parenthood. Becerra and other abortion-rights absolutists found this embarrassing. Why do I call it Kafkaesque? Because David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who went undercover to reveal the law breaking of Planned Parenthood, now find themselves, not Planned Parenthood, accused of 15 felony counts by the state of California.

Their crimes? Recording people without their consent. The editorial board of the LA Times, to its credit, has called this a “disturbing overreach.” And Kevin Drum of Mother Jones, while condemning Daleiden’s politics, has defended his rights, saying, “This was a legitimate investigation, and no level of government should be in the business of chilling it.”

Xavier Becerra is no stickler about secret recordings. In 2012, he relished the release of Mitt Romney’s surreptitiously recorded comments to donors in which Romney mentioned the “47 percent.” Romney had joked that if he were Hispanic, he’d win the election. Becerra didn’t seem concerned about Romney’s privacy rights when he rushed to the press to denounce the Republican: “The insult of all insults, Mitt Romney says if he was Latino he would win the presidential election, as if being Latino would have given him any advantage to win the White House.” (Read more from “Persecution of Journalists Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Is Malicious” HERE)

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Congress Right to Affirm That States Can Defund Planned Parenthood

It isn’t often that Congress moves a heavy burden off the backs of the states and allows them the freedom to be actual “laboratories of democracy.” Yet the Senate did just that Thursday in voting 51-50 (with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie) to invoke the Congressional Review Act to rescind an Obama administration rule that prohibited the states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

The rule blocked states from redirecting public health funding to other health care providers that better serve women’s health. But now the Senate has joined the House of Representatives, which passed the resolution earlier this year, and the measure heads to President Donald Trump’s desk, where his signature is expected.

Fifteen states have acted to defund Planned Parenthood and others who perform elective abortions in the last couple of years, reasoning that America’s largest purveyor of abortions (the organization is responsible for over one-third of a million abortions annually in recent years) doesn’t need taxpayer dollars to offer an elective procedure that most people recognize as the destruction of human life.

Public opposition notwithstanding, the Obama administration passed a “midnight rule” in December 2016 through the Department of Health and Human Services that interpreted Title X, the federal family planning program, to prohibit states from redirecting health care dollars away from groups like Planned Parenthood and toward public health agencies that outnumber the abortion behemoth 20-to-1 and (unlike Planned Parenthood) offer a wide range of preventive and holistic health care services.

Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List, and Charlotte Lozier Institute had filed comments with HHS urging it not to enact the rule. The midnight rule had stopped states that had passed these public health care funding laws—including Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Ohio—from fully implementing them. Now, with the president’s approval, taxpayer dollars can again flow to where they are needed most.

The timing of the Senate vote comes a day after new undercover video evidence surfaced to remind us why Planned Parenthood doesn’t deserve public funding. In the new Center for Medical Progress video, Dr. DeShawn Taylor, former medical director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and longtime abortionist at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, describes how to deliver intact babies in late-term abortions to harvest high-quality body parts.

Taylor displays an eager willingness to ignore Arizona and federal law, which requires that babies who are born alive during an abortion receive medical care in an effort to keep them from dying. When undercover investigators asked Taylor what measures were in place to assess whether the baby was alive, she responded, “[Y]ou need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”

This callous and utter disregard for the value of human life is reason enough to ensure that Planned Parenthood never gets another dime of taxpayer funding. But the latest video is not alone, of course.

In addition to the numerous other videos that the Center for Medical Progress released previously (videos confirmed to be unmanipulated and authentic by a respected forensic analysis and cybersecurity company), federal and state audits have revealed waste, abuse, and potential fraud that add ample additional reasons for states to keep money away from Planned Parenthood.

The Obama administration never took any of that information seriously, but clearly both the House and Senate have. Trump can rest assured that his signature on the new measure that the Senate just passed will be more than justified. It’s simply common sense that states should be allowed to prioritize taxpayer money in ways that best serve women, and with the president’s signature, that’s exactly what states will once again be free to do. (For more from the author of “Congress Right to Affirm That States Can Defund Planned Parenthood” please click HERE)

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Charges Against Pro-Life Investigators Show Government’s Double Standard on Investigative Journalists

The undercover Planned Parenthood videos published in 2015 made one thing abundantly clear: Big Abortion skirts the law for its own gain, going to great lengths to hide its illicit activities not only from the public, but even from its own employees.

After such revelations, it seems like common sense that the government would defund Planned Parenthood. After all, taxpayer money should not go to fund abortions or the illegal practices going on behind the organization’s closed doors.

But abortion cronies seem to be on a different page entirely: Punish the journalists and protect the abortion giant that is lining their pockets.

First, they tried—and failed—to convict Center for Medical Progress investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt in Texas. But now, California wants a shot at it. This week, the state attorney general charged Daleiden and Merritt with 15 felonies.

Now Planned Parenthood said in a statement on the charges, “Planned Parenthood has done nothing wrong.” But if that’s true, the organization has nothing to fear from the Center for Medical Progress’ work.

In response to the charges, the Center for Medical Progress released a new undercover video featuring the former medical director of Planned Parenthood Arizona, DeShawn Taylor.

Taylor is shown on camera discussing what appears to be an illegal partial-birth abortion procedure and the illegal sale of baby body parts.

She also talks about intentionally avoiding an Arizona state law that requires abortionists to transport babies who show signs of life after an abortion to a hospital.

Then, she laughs.

“Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room,” she says.

Who is in the room also determines whether or not she can pull out intact “specimens” to sell to fetal tissue procurement agencies. She says she must be sensitive to her staff who might be uncomfortable if the aborted child comes out looking too much like a baby.

And by the way, don’t call it a “baby,” she says. “It’s creepy.”

It’s obvious that Planned Parenthood will stop at nothing to protect its abortion gold mine, even keeping secrets from their own employees. They wouldn’t want to make anyone in the room feel uncomfortable.

But what about the baby in the room?

Investigative journalists like Daleiden have been instrumental in casting light on deceptive practices in big government, big business, and now, big abortion.

In the past, investigative journalists have been lauded for their work.

They were applauded when they uncovered the Watergate scandal. No one has batted an eye at the many undercover investigations run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In fact, animal rights organizations in California have uncovered animal abuse by becoming employed and secretly filming conditions at farms and slaughterhouses.

But the state hasn’t charged them with 15 felonies.

Daleiden and Merritt’s investigative work, just like these other examples, brought to light illegal practices and abuse of power that would have otherwise remained hidden from the public.

Isn’t that the purpose of journalism—to reveal the truth? It should concern all Americans that California’s attorney general is trying to strip journalists of the freedom to do their jobs and report the truth.

Big abortion has effectively used its network of abortion cronies to attempt to bring swift punishment against Daleiden, but the reaction to Planned Parenthood’s illegal practices has come much slower.

A handful of states have rightly defunded the abortion giant. And while the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released a report recommending that Planned Parenthood no longer receive federal funding and that those who have illegally profited off of the sale of baby body parts be prosecuted, little action has been taken thus far.

When our government acts more quickly to strip journalists of their freedoms than to act against an organization breaking state and federal law, then something is wrong. That is what’s truly “creepy.” (For more from the author of “Charges Against Pro-Life Investigators Show Government’s Double Standard on Investigative Journalists” please click HERE)

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Murkowski Votes to Force States to Continue Planned Parenthood Funding, VP Pence Breaks Tie Vote

Vice President Mike Pence voted to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood Thursday. His vote tipped a divided Senate.

Passed in the House last month, the bill overturns part of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate. The former rule prevented states from defunding abortion clinics.

States are now free to opt out of funding services of Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Title X focuses only on family planning.

Republicans are using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the HHS rule. It allows a new Congress to overturn last-minute actions of the previous administration. The Obama administration passed the HHS rule in December 2016. As The Atlantic reported, it was a “last-ditch attempt to protect Planned Parenthood.”

The Senate needed Pence’s vote since two republicans, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voted to keep the rule. Two independents and every Democratic senator also voted to keep the rule.

The Associated Press reported that a final vote could happen later Thursday. Pence will likely have to break the tie again.

Editor’s Note: A second vote was held. An ailing Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) obtained permission from his doctor to return to Washington for one day. Isakson cast his vote to deny federal funding to abortion providers. The legislation was sent to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

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Former Planned Parenthood Medical Director: “Pay Attention to Who’s in the Room” When Infants Are Born Alive

Today the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new video of their investigation into Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts. This video features former Planned Parenthood of Arizona Medical Director Dr. DeShawn Taylor. Taylor describes in detail how she delivers intact fetuses. She also suggests that she ignores an Arizona law that protects infants born alive.

This video comes a day after California attorney general and Planned Parenthood champion Xavier Becerra charged CMP’s David Daleiden with 15 felony counts. Daleiden promised to release more footage, even though there is a campaign to silence him.

Previous CMP videos showed Planned Parenthood executives negotiating for sales of body parts from aborted babies. The first video featured Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. In it, she explains how she harvests organs using partial-birth abortions.

This latest video confirms what we knew from earlier videos: Selling baby body parts is a strategy by Planned Parenthood of America to help their affiliates profit.

The new footage shows Nucatola presiding over a boozy reception at a meeting for abortionists. She is happy to connect Daleiden, who poses as a buyer from a biotech company, with Dr. DeShawn Taylor. Nucatola trained Taylor as a former medical director for Planned Parenthood Arizona.

“I get a lot of referrals from Planned Parenthood,” Taylor tells the investigators.

She discusses her “technique” in abortion, and explains that she prefers to deliver fetuses that are dismembered rather than fully intact.

“It’s not a matter of how I feel about it coming out intact, but I gotta worry about my staff and people’s feelings about it coming out looking like a baby,” Taylor said. She agrees with the investigator’s suggestion that this is for her staff’s comfort. She also claims that “Arizona is so conservative, I just don’t even want to send a full fetus for cremation.”

It may be that Taylor herself is not at ease with the intact body of a dead fetus. “We have the people who do our paperwork for the fetal death certificates,” she explains, “they email us calling them ‘babies.’ Baby this, baby that, baby so-and-so, and I’m like, that’s creepy!”

But she knows the law. So, she tells the investigators, “In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it. To the hospital.” One investigator then asks, “Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of of life?”

Taylor responds, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”

She then laughs. “It’s a mess,” she says as she repeats what the Arizona law requires. “It’s a mess.”

Taylor then describes in grisly detail how she prefers to do abortions. It’s known as dismemberment dilation and evacuation. It requires a drug known as “dig,” for digoxin. The drug kills the fetus before the forceps enter the womb. She says, “My biceps appreciate when the dig works.” Taylor then says that without the drug it takes “a bit more” force to perform the abortion with her forceps.

“I remember when I was a [Family Planning] Fellow and I was training, I was like, Oh, I have to hit the gym for this,” she says.

Taylor’s next admission is the most damning. She explains how delivering an “intact calvarium [head]” requires killing the fetus when most of its body – all but the head – is outside the womb. This is the partial-birth abortion method Nucatola described in the first CMP video.

As the conversation wraps up, Taylor says she’s “definitely interested” in a partnership with the buyer. She assures them that her “market share of the abortion services continues to increase.”

“This footage,” Daleiden says, “shows a longtime Planned Parenthood abortion doctor willing to sell baby parts for profit, use criminal abortion methods to get more intact body parts, and even cover up infanticide.”

He says that Taylor “was trained by Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services and encouraged by her to participate in the fetal body parts market.”

Daleiden vows that this latest video is not the last. It is “just a preview,” he says, “of the damning and incriminating admissions of Planned Parenthood leaders on our further unreleased tapes, being censored by an unconstitutional gag order from a federal judge in San Francisco.” (For more from the author of “Former Planned Parenthood Medical Director: “Pay Attention to Who’s in the Room” When Infants Are Born Alive” please click HERE)

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Two Activists Who Filmed Undercover Videos of Planned Parenthood Charged With 15 Felonies

The two antiabortion activists who mounted a hidden-camera investigation against Planned Parenthood officials have been charged with 15 felony counts of violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent.

In announcing the charges against David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the duo used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to meet medical officials and covertly record the private discussions they initiated.

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

The criminal complaint alleges that on 14 occasions, between October 2013 and July 2015, Daleiden and Merritt filmed people without permission in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. The activists face a felony count for each person covertly recorded, and an additional felony charge for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy. (Read more from “Two Activists Who Filmed Undercover Videos of Planned Parenthood Charged With 15 Felonies” HERE)

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New Planned Parenthood Ad Campaign Seeks to Defend Abortion Giant’s Government Funding

After spending over $30 million on the 2016 election, Planned Parenthood has a new project: a million-dollar ad campaign defending its government funding.

The organization, which receives over half a billion dollars from taxpayers each year, stands to lose a significant portion of its government funding should Congress pass a reconciliation bill that includes the House Energy and Commerce Committee language making Planned Parenthood affiliates ineligible for receiving Medicaid reimbursements for one year after the enactment of the bill.

Desperate to keep the tax dollars flowing, Planned Parenthood’s latest campaign will reportedly highlight the abortion giant’s “cancer screening and prevention services,” as they are referred to in the group’s annual reports, which, according to Planned Parenthood’s own numbers, have decreased by 57 percent since 2010.

It’s not surprising that Planned Parenthood intends to highlight cancer-related services rather than its abortion activity. But policymakers should keep several important facts in mind during the debate surrounding tax dollars and entanglement with the abortion industry.

The most recent annual report for 2014-2015 shows that 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy resolution services were abortions and less than 1 percent were adoption referrals. In the same year, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions. Over the course of the last three reported years, Planned Parenthood has performed almost 1 million abortions.

Meanwhile, annual reports in recent years show that Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive services have dropped. STD and STI prevention and treatment services have dropped. Total services have dropped. And, importantly, cancer screening and prevention services have dropped.

LiveAction highlights that Planned Parenthood “only does 0.97 percent of Pap smears and 1.8 percent of breast exams” in the U.S. Planned Parenthood provides zero mammograms, despite often repeated claims to the contrary.

It’s also worth noting that the most recent data available about Planned Parenthood’s activity comes from the 2014-2015 annual report, which was released in December 2015. As previously discussed here at The Daily Signal, these annual reports are typically published in December or January, so the latest report addressing 2015-2016 was expected to be available by now.

But it’s nowhere to be found, and requests from The Daily Signal to Planned Parenthood’s press team have gone unanswered.

How many cancer screening and prevention services did Planned Parenthood provide during the most recent reporting year? How many unique patients were served? How many abortions were performed?

Planned Parenthood isn’t saying, but is going to great lengths to keep the tax dollars flowing in the meantime. (For more from the author of “New Planned Parenthood Ad Campaign Seeks to Defend Abortion Giant’s Government Funding” please click HERE)

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