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In July, 2015 the Center for Medical Progress released the results of a three-year investigation into the handling of the remains of aborted babies at Planned Parenthood centers. What it uncovered was shocking. Officials at the highest levels of Planned Parenthood were aware of, and seemingly complicit in, the trafficking of whole cadavers and/or parts of the aborted babies for a profit. In support of its claims, CMP began releasing a series of undercover videos showing interviews with top officials at Planned Parenthood.

Below are links to different coverage of the story, as well as reactions and commentaries. We are also encouraging our listeners to contact their Congressional representative and ask them to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood for their illegal trafficking of baby parts. Find your representative here.

Learn more about the Center for Medical Progress at http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/

The Videos

The first video, released on July 14, shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses, and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts:

The second video was released on July 21. It showed Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts:

The third video was released on July 28. In the video, CMP interviewed 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. The video also showed Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, CO, Dr. Savita Ginde. Dr. Ginde said she would rather be paid by organ than by fetus, since it is more profitable. Warning: this video contains graphic footage.

The fourth video was released on July 30. It also showed Dr. Ginde, this time negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences. Warning: this video contains graphic images.

The fifth video was released on August 4. It shows shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses. Warning: this video contains graphic images.

The sixth video was released on August 12. Former StemExpress employee Holly O’Donnell was back to discuss her experience working with Planned Parenthood. She said the StemExpress techs working in Planned Parenthood clinics sometimes harvested fetal parts without obtaining consent from the patients: “If there was a higher gestation, and the technicians needed it, there were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”

CMP also released short videos previewing their interview with StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer. After a judge removed StemExpress’s restraining order against the CMP, the 8th video, the 7th full-length one, was released.

The ninth video in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal focuses on Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR), the small and secretive company that has harvested and sold fetal body parts at Planned Parenthood clinics longer than any other entity.

The fourth episode in a new documentary web series and 10th video by The Center for Medical Progress features several top-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the organization’s secretive practices around aborted fetal parts harvesting.

Video 11, released on October 27, shows Dr. Amna Dermish, who works for a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas, discussing how she adapts the abortion procedure to harvest intact body parts.

The Response

Statements from pro-life organizations

Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League:

The sale of baby body parts and the committing of partial-birth abortion are both illegal throughout the United States. The fact that the senior director of medical services at the national office of Planned Parenthood freely admits to the organization being involved in both of these criminal activities should be cause for immediate action from all branches of the federal government. Planned Parenthood receives $528 million a year from taxpayers, and $400 million of that is from the Medicaid program. At the very least, Congress and the states should instantly suspend all Medicaid reimbursements to the organization.

In February 2000, Life Dynamics shocked the world when it revealed the outrageous sale of the parts of aborted babies in the United States. Life Dynamics had carefully collected a great deal of data—much of it from a Planned Parenthood affiliate. However, Planned Parenthood rallied its political forces and made a sham of a Congressional hearing into the matter. As the situation faded away, most people thought Planned Parenthood had stopped selling baby body parts.

But, as today’s announcement reveals, it simply went further underground and, if anything, became more brazen. In addition to the demand that the government suspend Medicaid reimbursements, American Life League calls on the members of Congress to immediately begin hearings and institute an investigation into Planned Parenthood. The organization must not be allowed to use its political muscle to continue to ignore the law. The purpose of Congressional action is to cut off every penny of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood—forever!

Life Legal Defense Foundation:

Life Legal Defense Foundation was finally able today to reveal its support of an undercover operation proving that Planned Parenthood routinely peddles the organs and tissues of babies aborted in its “health centers.” This systematic profiteering is known about and approved by officers at the abortion giant’s highest levels of authority. Planned Parenthood’s abortionists will even alter the abortion procedure in order to guarantee the tissues most sought after—regardless of what might be best for the aborting mother.

This “Human Capital” project was a nearly three-year-long undertaking produced by The Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Directed by CMP Project Lead David Daleiden, the effort secured audio and video recordings of Planned Parenthood administrators and abortionists casually agreeing to sell freshly-extracted parts from their abortions. CMP’s devastating expose of PP’s trade in body parts may be seen at centerformedicalprogress.org.

The video released today shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitting to using illegal partial-birth abortions to get higher-quality fetal body parts to sell.

Life Legal gives the credit for bringing these shocking practices to light to David Daleiden. But Daleiden gives a lot of credit to Life Legal: “The Center for Medical Progress thanks Life Legal Defense Foundation for their initiative and foresight in consulting on and helping to develop this project.”

Familiar as we are with the contract killer’s practices, Life Legal can’t claim to be surprised by Planned Parenthood’s utter disregard for medical ethics. But we are delighted that it has been so ably and thoroughly documented by David Daleiden.

Life Legal is proud to have taken an active, essential role in exposing Planned Parenthood’s “Dr. Frankenstein” wrongdoing. Katie Short, Life Legal’s Vice-President for Legal Affairs, remarked, “Planned Parenthood’s unconscionable acts are recorded and proven. But it will take a lot of pressure to bring consequences to bear. After these revelations, the first thing every public official should be asked is why a penny of taxpayer money is going to fund any part of Planned Parenthood’s work.”

Having been with the project from its inception, Life Legal is committed to following through. Planned Parenthood will not lightly escape the judgment it has merited by trafficking in babies’ eyes, hearts, livers, muscles, and other organs and tissues.

Lila Rose, President of Live Action:

This investigation by the Center for Medical Progress reveals the unimaginable horror that is Planned Parenthood. The exploitation of human life, the cover-up, and the black market profiteering by America’s largest abortion chain is not only egregious and heartbreaking, but exposes how the abortion giant is corrupt to the core — from the CEO, Cecile Richards, down to the local clinic. As Live Action has investigated through the years, Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices reveal their contempt for rule of law and human life. This latest expose of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby parts for profit should be the final nail in the coffin for the abortion giant. Congress must take immediate action to stop all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and end the bankrolling of this horrific human rights abuser.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life:

I have been involved for decades in the effort to expose the evidence that the abortion industry sells the body parts of the babies it kills,” Fr. Pavone stated, “and I welcome this new evidence provided by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. The undercover videos and documentation, which have begun to be publicized today, show how people at the highest levels of Planned Parenthood are negotiating the sale of body parts, and adjusting the way they perform abortions so that the body parts are more accessible. This violates both the law and the most basic sense of human decency. We have on our website, BabyBodyParts.com, the images of some of the order forms that were discovered back then — forms that ask that eyes, livers, brains, legs and other body parts be shipped on wet ice to the researchers who want them. This activity violates state and federal laws that prohibit the sale of human body parts. Moreover, this new evidence shows that Planned Parenthood is still using the partial-birth abortion procedure, which has also been banned by law at the state and federal level. We therefore call on Congress to investigate this activity and to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Moreover, we call on the United States Senate to vote on and pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which will protect many of the babies whose bodies are being cut up and sold in this manner.

Statement from National Right to Life

Statement from Abby Johnson

CMP Statement in Reply to Planned Parenthood’s Cover-Up of Baby Parts Sales

SBA List Praises House Pro-life Leaders for Launching Planned Parenthood Investigation, Slams Democrats

New Undercover Video Shows Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Fetal Body Parts The New Cannibalism —What It Means— and Why It’s Immoral – Monica Miller

Reaction from Ave Maria Radio hosts

Abortion has always been, and always will be, about the money – Teresa Tomeo

The important thing is to never stop questioning – Teresa Tomeo

Why Planned Parenthood’s response completely fails – Al Kresta

Why some Jesuits prefer Planned Parenthood to Pro-Lifers – Al Kresta

Teresa Tomeo’s interview with Fr. Frank Pavone

Al Kresta’s interview with David Daleiden

Other Reactions

On July 28, 12,000 women in 65 cities nationwide participated in “Women Betrayed” rallies against Planned Parenthood. Click here for the story.

Multiple US and State officials called for an investigation into Planned Parenthood, including US Representative Chris Smith  and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  Senator Rand Paul called for an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood. 

After the third video’s release, StemExpress, a company that buys aborted baby parts from Planned Parenthood, filed a restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress. The order, issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court, temporarily banned the CMP from releasing a video featuring StemExpress employees.

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to examine how Texas PP affiliate engage in the fetal organ trade. PP officials neglected to appear at the hearing.

Twitter users on both sides of the debate have been heavily involved in the story since the release of the first video. One popular trend is #unplannedparenthood, where users support choosing life.

 

Of course, it didn’t take long for some Planned Parenthood supporters to resurrect the tiresome, false claim that Planned Parenthood performs mammograms. This claim received widespread attention during the 2012 election, when it was repeated multiple times by President Obama. A Washington Post fact check confirms that Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms and lacks the equipment to do them.

Pro-Lifers have also used the video saga as an opportunity to educate people on the motivations of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger. Read a profile of her here.

In the midst of the discussion, TIME magazine ran an article claiming that the majority of women do not regret their abortions. Read rebuttals to this claim here and here.

Planned Parenthood is concerned about what the future videos will contain. Meanwhile, several large corporations who were mistakenly identified as Planned Parenthood donors have requested that their names be removed from the PP website.

The Center for Medical Progress has gathered a list of fact sheets with important information relating to the Body Parts scandal. See those sheets here.