If you haven’t seen the latest video released on the horrors going on at Planned Parenthood please go here: https://lexingtonlibertarian.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/latest-planned-parenthood-video-harvesting-the-organs-of-still-alive-fetuses/
The American public has been polled about the Planned Parenthood videos and close to 70% of the people have no idea what is being talked about. They not only have not seen any of the videos they don’t even know they exist. That’s because the Liberal/Left media has colluded to enforce a blackout. They don’t want the American people to know about this because they are Pro Choice – Pro Abortion – and they don’t want anything that might modify abortion coming into law.
At this point Planned Parenthood needs to be brought up on charges but if we can’t even get the American people informed and Democrats are stonewalling, especially the President and the DOJ, then we are going to need more of you to spread the word.
The seventh video from the Center for Medical Progress features testimony from Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician at StemExpress, a California company that — until recently — acquired (purchased?) aborted baby parts from Planned Parenthood. It’s horrifying. No, it’s beyond horrifying. It describes an act of infanticide that even America’s barbaric child-killing legal regime defines as murder.
Her story begins with seeing a baby who’s just been aborted — or at least she thinks it’s been aborted. Then, a colleague calls her over, and this happens:
“I want you to see something kinda cool. This is kinda neat.” [She says.] So I’m over here, and . . . the moment I see it, I’m just flabbergasted. This is the most gestated fetus and the closest thing to a baby I’ve seen. And she is, like, “Okay, I want to show you something.” So she has one of her instruments, and she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here, and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think. . . . She’s, like, “Do you know why that’s happening?” And I knew why that was happening. It’s because the electrical current — the nodes were still firing. And I don’t know if that constitutes . . . it’s technically dead, or it’s alive?
Federal law defines “born alive” as “the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother of that member, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion.” So, yes, “technically” that child was alive. California law is also clear: “The rights to medical treatment of an infant prematurely born alive in the course of an abortion shall be the same as the rights of an infant of similar medical status prematurely born spontaneously.” But that’s not what happened. StemExpress wanted to “procure a brain,” so the baby had to die in gruesome fashion:
It had a face. It wasn’t completely torn up. It’s nose was very pronounced. It had eyelids. And its mouth was pronounced. And then since the fetus was so intact, she said, “Okay, this is a really good fetus, and it looks like we can procure a lot from it. We’re going to procure a brain. So . . . the moment I hear it . . . that means we’re going to have to cut its head open. We’re going to have to cut its head open. So, it’s, like, “Okay, so what you do is you go through the face.” I’m thinking, No I don’t want to do this. And she takes the scissors, and she makes a small incision right here [showing under her chin] and goes — I would say — to a little bit through the mouth. She’s, like, “Okay, can you go the rest of the way?” And I’m, like, [sighs] “Yes.” And I didn’t want to do this. And so she gave me the scissors and told me that I have to cut down the middle of the face. And I can’t even like describe like what that feels like.
Law enforcement should begin a murder investigation. Now. California Penal Code defines “murder” as the the “unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.” And while the Code contains an exception for an abortion in compliance with California’s Therapeutic Abortion Act, slicing open the face of a born alive infant isn’t an “abortion.”
California courts have held that the state doesn’t need to prove fetal viability as an element of fetal murder — in other words, a person can be convicted of murdering a fetus even when that fetus probably can’t live outside the womb. But in this case we’re not dealing with a “fetus.” We’re dealing with a living baby, a “human being” under relevant law. Indeed, California Health and Safety Code calls him or her an “infant,” not a “fetus.” Moreover, what O’Donnell describes is no “mere” failure to render proper care — which would cause a baby to die from more or less natural causes — but rather the affirmative act of killing with scissors. That’s murder.
It’s a murder that should surprise exactly no one. The kind of moral monsters who would kill a partially delivered fetus are exactly the kinds of moral monsters who would wait a few minutes longer and kill a baby after delivery. After all, what’s the logical, rational, moral, or scientific difference between an intact child — with a beating heart — inside the womb and that same child — with a beating heart — moments later outside the womb? The only meaningful difference is legal, the product of our Supreme Court’s and our nation’s most shameful moral failure.
O’Donnell’s story continues with this last detail, a tiny act of humanity and a final act of brutality.
I remember holding that fetus in my hands when everyone else was busy and started crying and opened the lid and put it back [in the jar.] It’s really hard knowing you’re the only person who’s ever going to hold that baby.
Will California’s love for abortion — for the mass-scale slaughter of disproportionately minority babies — trump even its murder statutes? Will the Party of Death turn its back on evidence of a cold-blooded killing? I expect the pro-abortion Left to be true to its principles and rally to defend its favorite organization, the organization indispensable to its precious sexual revolution. After all, when you’re killing 327,000 babies per year, what difference does a few minutes make?
The seventh Planned Parenthood video is a bombshell.
It features former StemExpress technician Holly O’Donnell, who has appeared in several of the other videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, describing an average day at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda Clinic in San Jose, Calif.:
“I want you to see something kinda cool. This is kinda neat,” [her coworker says.] So I’m over here, and . . . the moment I see it, I’m just flabbergasted. This is the most gestated fetus and the closest thing to a baby I’ve seen. And she is, like, “Okay, I want to show you something.” So she has one of her instruments, and she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here, and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.
It’s that same fetus, heart still aflutter, whose brain O’Donnell is then asked to harvest. “[The coworker] gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face,” she recalls. “I can’t even describe what that feels like.”
As my colleague David French notes, assuming O’Donnell’s account is accurate, Planned Parenthood unquestionably violated state and federal laws. And it would not be the first time. In a recorded conversation excerpted in the video, Dr. Ben Van Handel, executive director of Novogenix Laboratories, LLC, which partners with Planned Parenthood to procure fetal organs, admits: “There are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating.”
Debate, if you like, the moral status of the in utero “product of conception.” Wonder, if you want to, about the precise point of “viability” or “quickening.” No such arguments apply here. This was allegedly a living baby, exposed on a counter and murdered. This was not a “conceptus” or a “specimen.” This was a person, vested with a constitutional right to life and guaranteed the full protection of the United States government.
This should be different.
But it won’t be. As of Wednesday afternoon, major media outlets remained utterly silent about the latest video. There is no mention of it on the online front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, or the Chicago Tribune; it is not on the homepages of CNN or the news arms of ABC, NBC, or CBS. These are the same august outlets from which you can currently learn about “the smells of summer” in New York City, a viral deleted scene from the sitcom Friends, or security camera footage of a Utah police officer dancing to the Silento song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” at a 7-Eleven.
This is nothing new. According to a YouGov poll taken earlier this month, 68 percent of respondents reported having heard “nothing at all” about the Planned Parenthood videos. And as for government leaders, two weeks ago Josh Earnest confessed that, to his knowledge, no one in the White House had watched any of the videos, and that he was simply parroting Planned Parenthood’s talking points. It is sadly predictable that the White House has said, and will say, nothing of substance in response to the videos.
But, again, this time should be different. What O’Donnell says took place at the Alameda Clinic was not an abortion; by law, it was an execution. Government has a duty to investigate alleged crimes and to prosecute lawbreakers. A conscientious press has a duty to ferret out the facts of a story, and to hold wrongdoers accountable in the public eye. Their refusal to do so in this case is a national disgrace almost as shameful as the one they’re ignoring.