LOS ANGELES, July 28–The first episode in a new documentary web series features a woman who once worked in Planned Parenthood clinics describing the profit motive involved in Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts, and includes new admissions from top-level Planned Parenthood leadership about the illicit pricing structure.
The “Human Capital” documentary web series is produced by The Center for Medical Progress and integrates expert interviews, eyewitness accounts, and real-life undercover interactions to tell the story of Planned Parenthood’s commercial exploitation of aborted fetal tissue. Episode 1, “Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts,” launches today at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw2xi…
Episode 1 introduces Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. “I thought I was going to be just drawing blood, not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses,” says O’Donnell, who fainted in shock on her first day of work in a Planned Parenthood clinic when suddenly asked to dissect a freshly-aborted fetus during her on-the-job training.
For 6 months, O’Donnell’s job was to identify pregnant women at Planned Parenthood who met criteria for fetal tissue orders and to harvest the fetal body parts after their abortions. O’Donnell describes the financial benefit Planned Parenthood received from StemExpress: “For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.”
Episode 1 also shows undercover video featuring the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, CO, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada. Standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic pathology laboratory, where fetuses are brought after abortions, Ginde concludes that payment per organ removed from a fetus will be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
Dr. Katherine Sheehan, Medical Director emerita of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest in San Diego, describes her affiliate’s long-time relationship with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a middleman company that has been providing aborted fetal organs since 1989: “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, you know, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big government-level collections and things like that.”
“Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts is an offensive and horrifying reality that is widespread enough for many people to be available to give first-person testimony about it,” notes David Daleiden, Project Lead for The Center for Medical Progress. “CMP’s investigative journalism work will continue to surface more compelling eyewitness accounts and primary source evidence of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking and selling baby parts for profit. There should be an immediate moratorium on Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding while Congress and the states determine the full extent of the organization’s lawbreaking.” – Center For Medical Progress
Never before has the time-honored adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” held more potential than it does right now.
On Thursday, Planned Parenthood (PP) sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee announcing they would not honor a request to produce Chief Medical Director Dr. Deborah Nucatola to answer questions about possible illegalities surrounding the taxpayer-funded organization’s harvesting of fetal organs. A stomach-churning video produced by a pro-life undercover group, Center for Medical Progress (CMP), shows Nucatola casually discussing the various abortion techniques needed to preserve as much of the fetal tissue as possible. That video was followed by another featuring Dr. Mary Gatter, who is shown discussing “less crunchy” abortion techniques needed to procure “whole specimens,” and haggling over fetal tissue sales prices because she wants “a Lamborghini.” CMP was able to get these videos because they posed as representatives of Biomax Procurement Services, a fake tissue procurement company founded by David Daleiden, who is also the founder of CMP.
As bad as those videos are, they’re small potatoes compared to PP’s latest worry. In that letter they sent to Congress, they discussed the possibility that CMP may have filmed the harvesting process itself.
“Biomax set up exhibits at our National Medical Conference and our National Conference over the last couple of years,” the letter states. “We believe that on at least one occasion a representative from Biomax was shown a highly sensitive area in a clinic where tissue is processed after abortion procedures. While this work is standard and essential during any abortion procedure, any filming in such an area would be an extremely serious invasion of our patients’ privacy and dignity.”
The potentially devastating exposure has sent “ricochets of alarm throughout the abortion provider community,” writes Sharona Coutts, vice president at RH Reality Check, an organizationdedicated to “news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues.” What really infuriates Coutts and her fellow travelers was CMP’s ability to “infiltrate deep into the abortion care world” and attend two National Abortion Federation (NAF) conferences “that require at least two letters of recommendation before any attendee can register.” Security is necessary at such conferences, Coutts insists, because pro-abortion advocates’ safety and possibly their lives are “at risk at the hands of anti-choice terrorists.”
There is nothing the pro-abortionist crowd fears more than people being exposed to the graphic images of abortion. And not just abortion. PP has a long history of opposition to informed consent laws that would allow a woman to see an ultrasound, even if that choice was optional rather than required. A quote by PP physician Dr. L. Lacroix published in 2000 gets to the heart of the matter: “Abortion is a hard enough thing for any woman to decide without the torture of seeing the baby on an ultrasound screen.”
The torture of seeing a baby? Isn’t that a double-dose of blasphemy among the champions of “reproductive choice” who also prefer deliberately obscurant terms such as “embryo,” “fetus” and “clump of cells?”
Moreover there have been countless objections to pro-lifers showing pictures of aborted babies, especially on college campuses such as the University of Georgia, where such images were deemed “hateful speech” when they were displayed last year. It is no secret why. “Photos are anathema to pro-abortion advocates because they expose the grim truth that abortion is both repulsive and grisly,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, in 2013. “If America insists on abortion rights, it must face up to these ugly results.”
Not really. “Many [people], who can readily envision the woman and her body, who cry out for her right to control her destiny, barely envision the fetus within that woman and do not imagine as real the life it might have been allowed to lead,” writes staunch abortion supporter Laurence Tribe. “For them, the life of the fetus becomes an … invisible abstraction.”
An organ harvesting video would exponentially alter that equation, in all its visibly disturbing details.
Unsurprisingly, the American Left is circling the wagons around PP, as the threat to cut off the approximately $500 million a year it gets from taxpayers is gathering steam in Congress. Some Democrats are urging the Justice Department to investigate … CMP. In the coming days Americans will hear arguments about which laws may or may not have been broken by either side in this developing saga.
None of it will matter an iota. While much of America has become a morally indifferent nation drenched in a low-brow leftist culture, where the capacity to be shocked has been virtually extinguished, there are still things capable of evoking visceral disgust and anger. It is impossible to believe a video depicting the removal of organs from an aborted baby isn’t one of them.
Freedom of choice? PP has freely chosen to harvest fetal organs, claiming they’re necessary for medical research. That’s untrue. Science has evolved to the point where adult stem cells are far more viable than fetal stem cells. It is the “ethics” of the pro-abortionists that remain frozen in time.
And it’s about time that any discussion of choice include the first choice, as in having sex with no regard for the consequences. Consequences that might produce an unwanted pregnancy. For far too long, far too many Americans have embraced the idea that that choice should be consequence-free. Yes, people make mistakes, but the 57 million abortions performed since 1973 — an average of more than 1.3 million per year — suggest an entirely different dynamic is at work. One that completely obliterates the leftist catchphrase that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” Rare? In New York city in 2012, there were more black children aborted (31,328) than born (24,758).
Americans can take whatever side of the abortion debate they desire, but if they’re being honest they can’t run away from an uncomfortable truth: Abortion cheapens life. Fetal organs have been reduced to commodities to be bought and sold. Far too many Americans can reconcile that grim reality because it is that so-called “invisible abstraction.”
Making it visible could be the ultimate game-changer.
The Patriot Post goes on further to say:
The Center for Medical Progress had a good strategy: Capture and release undercover film of Planned Parenthood’s depravity, wait for the inevitable craven defense and denial, and then turn up the heat with subsequent video releases that show even more offensive material. The group’s third video release (with more to follow in the “Human Capital” series) is very graphic. It depicts, as feared, the dissected parts of an aborted baby, so viewers beware. A technician working with an 11-week-old aborted baby talks (and laughs) about getting $200-$300 per baby by charging more per organ or part specimen. Dr. Savita Ginde, vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, agrees: “I think a per-item thing works a little better,” she says, “just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” That’s hardly just a way to “break even,” as the Planned Parenthood doctor insisted in the first video. Never mind the abortion itself already costs a bundle. Clearly, money is the driving factor.
The video primarily features an interview with Holly O’Donnell, a former “procurement technician” at a fetal tissue company. She recounts how she fainted on the first day at work when she was instructed to dissect a newly aborted baby. “I thought I was going to be just drawing blood,” she said, “not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses.” She explained the profit motive: “The harder and more valuable the tissue, the more money you can get. If you can somehow procure a brain or a heart, you’re going to get more money. … I guess that’s an incentive to try and get the hard stuff — because they get more money.” She concludes, “It’s basically a huge trafficking of fetal tissues. … It’s a pretty sick company.” And the despicable people at Planned Parenthood have the gall to insist the only evil here is the “heavily edited” videos.