Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Babies

Numerous state and federal investigations are expected as a result of a newly published undercover video in which Dr. Deborah Nacatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood, discusses marketing harvested human body parts for $30-$100 per specimen and explains techniques, including partial birth abortion, to obtain intact organs, including complete heads:
"We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm gonna basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact. . . . And with the calvarium [the head], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it's not vertex [head first]. . . . So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there's dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end."
UPDATE 7/29/15: Third Undercover Video — Media, Obama Conspire With Abortionists

UPDATE 8/5/15: Planned Parenthood is 'Doing God's Work,' Say Liberal Clergy (5th undercover video)

UPDATE 8/6/15: Baby Parts Used to Create 'Humanized Mice' for Gay Agenda (using taxpayer$$)

UPDATE 8/8/15: Chicken Cruelty Exposed, Baby Slaughter Concealed

For background, read Federal Government Probes Planned Parenthood for Fraud

Also read Planned Parenthood President Asks, Who Cares When Life Begins?

In addition, read how Planned Parenthood teams up with schools by providing "kinky sex trainers" for kids across America.

-- From "Covert Video Targets Planned Parenthood Fetal-Parts Policy" by David Crary, National Writer, Associated Press 7/14/15

Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released an undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.

The activists contended the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms.

The video was made covertly last year, depicting a lunchtime conversation between Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, and anti-abortion activists posing as potential buyers for a human biologics company.

Commercial sale of human fetal tissue is illegal under federal law, but non-commercial tissue donation is allowed if the woman undergoing an abortion gives her consent.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood targeted by undercover video" posted at CBS News 7/15/15

The video was produced by the Irvine, California-based Center for Medical Progress, which released it in collaboration with several national anti-abortion organizations that called for a congressional investigation.

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is among the large field of Republican presidential candidates, directed the state health department to launch an investigation even though Planned Parenthood doesn't perform abortions there.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also ordered an investigation. In a statement Tuesday night, Abbott called the video "unnerving and appalling." He says he has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to immediately investigate the alleged practice. That's in addition to a separate investigation ordered by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Both men are Republicans who have participated in efforts to tighten restrictions on access to abortions in Texas.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Anti-Abortion Group Accuses Planned Parenthood of Selling Fetal Organs" by Kimberly Leonard, U.S. News & World Report 7/14/15

A YouTube video purporting to show a high-level Planned Parenthood doctor talking about harvesting tissue from aborted fetuses went viral among anti-abortion groups Tuesday, but the women’s health organization countered that tissue donation is not out of the ordinary, even after abortion procedures.

The video was posted by The Center for Medical Progress, a California-based non-profit which describes itself as "a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances." It was shot by a team led by David Daleiden, formerly the director of research for anti-abortion group Live Action.

"Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization," Daleiden said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood said the video was heavily edited and misrepresented its work, and that all women who donate tissues after terminating a pregnancy have given their consent. The clip that went viral was nearly 9 minutes long, while the expanded version of the video runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research" by Sandhya Somashekhar and Danielle Paquette, Washington Post 7/14/15

The video threatens to reignite a long-standing debate over the use of fetal tissue harvested through abortions and could add fuel to efforts seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Center for Medical Progress, which recorded and edited the video, says the footage proves that Planned Parenthood is breaking the law by selling fetal organs. But the video does not show Nucatola explicitly talking about selling organs. The Planned Parenthood official says the organization is “very, very sensitive” about being perceived as illegally profiting from organ sales and charges only for the cost, for instance, of shipping the tissue.

In a statement, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood said the video misrepresents the organization’s work. Planned Parenthood clinics, with a patient’s permission, may sometimes donate fetal tissue for use in stem cell research, said the spokesman, who added that the group’s affiliates, which operate independently, do not profit from these donations.

“At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health-care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards,” spokesman Eric Ferrero said. “In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.”

He accused the Center for Medical Progress of mounting a misleading attack similar to those by other groups that have tried to mount undercover “stings” targeting Planned Parenthood.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "WaPo Gets Planned Parenthood Abortion Organ Harvesting Story Wrong" by Mark Hemingway, The Weekly Standard 7/14/15

The Washington Post appears to be struggling a bit to cover today's blockbuster story about the undercover video of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling organs from aborted fetuses. First, they changed the headline to something that's far more friendly to Planned Parenthood without noting the change.

Second, the story is substantively wrong. . . .

Finally, Nucatola herself says that the clinics hope to profit off of the sales, regardless of whether they are sensitive to appearing ghoulish for doing so. If you watch the video and/or read the transcript . . .

There can be no doubt, based on what Planned Parenthood's own representative said, that there is indeed a profit motive for abortion clinics to harvest organs. The Washington Post needs to meaningfully correct its story to reflect what Planned Parenthood's representative said on camera. Right now the story reads as if it is in denial about basic fact. And it is revealing that all of the ways in which the story is being misreported benefit Planned Parenthood.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Baby Body Parts in Undercover Video: 'We Get Heart, Lung, Liver'" by Ray Nothstine, Christian Post Contributor 7/14/15

The video, first unveiled at the Center for Medical Progress website, is part of a three-year investigation into what the Center for Medical Progress is calling "illegal" practices by Planned Parenthood. Once received by fetal tissue wholesalers, the body parts are shipped to universities, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies.

"At the national office, we have a litigation and law department which just really doesn't want us to be the middle people for this issue right now, [Dr. Deborah Nacatola] declares. "But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happing with the affiliates."

According to the center there are state and federal laws against selling of aborted body parts. "The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2)," declared a statement released by the Center for Medical Progress.

More investigative videos and documentation are set to be released by the Center for Medical Progress in the coming weeks.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "House Republicans to Investigate Planned Parenthood Over Fetal Tissue" by Jackie Calmes and Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times 7/15/15

Echoing the activists’ allegation, Speaker John A. Boehner and other top Republicans suggested that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal parts, which is illegal if done for profit. But Planned Parenthood said that while it charges for expenses such as processing and transporting, it makes no money from the fetal tissue donated by women who get abortions. The official shown in the video repeatedly says something similar to two activists posing as biotechnology representatives.

[Director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Arthur] Caplan said one practice that Dr. Nucatola described in the video was clearly unethical: manipulating the fetus in the womb and using surgical tools in ways meant to preserve certain organs for researchers.

“You cannot, must not, alter how or when you do an abortion simply to obtain tissues you want,” Dr. Caplan said. “Basically, the only concern is the health and safety of the mother.”

The allegations against Planned Parenthood should be investigated, he said. But, he added: “I’d like to see it done by independent experts, not by 15 presidential candidates in Congress. It would turn into a presidential-posturing festival.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Obama Gives Abortionists Unprecedented Taxpayers' $Billions as Taxpayers Provide Almost Half of Planned Parenthood's $Billion$

And read Planned Parenthood Reports its Abortions & Profits Increased Last Year

Related article: Harvesting Aborted Organs for Human Transplant

UPDATE 7/21/15 - Second undercover video by Center for Medical Progress (video):

UPDATE 7/21/15 - CBS News reports on second video:

UPDATE 7/20/15 - Fox News FRC Tony Perkins interview (video):