The 10th undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business came out yesterday. We’re two full months into the exposé, and the slow release of information has to be painful for the nation’s largest chain of abortion mills. President Cecile Richards compared it to “water torture.”
No wonder. She’s watching pro-lifers dismember her organization.
When an abortionist brutally invades the baby’s safe haven with deadly forceps, the child desperately tries to get out of the way to safety. Eventually, though, the abortionist wins and the baby is dismembered—torn apart limb from limb and brought out in pieces. When the Planned Parenthood exposé began, not with forceps but with undercover videos, they too tried to locate a place of protection.
The first video rocked Planned Parenthood. Like the forceps, it came out of nowhere. The best Richards could offer was an apology for “the tone” of a casual conversation about crushing babies. The day it came out, communications VP Eric Ferrero released an official statement:
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. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. 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.
Then subsequent videos began tearing that statement to pieces. “Full, appropriate consent”? Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician-turned-whistleblower, told the world that sometimes technicians would “just take what they want” without consent. “And the women don’t know,” she said. “There’s no way they could know.”
“High-quality health care”? We listened to StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer lament the bacteria-infested conditions of some abortion facilities.
“No financial benefit”? We watched Mary Gatter, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, haggle over price per specimen, holding back until she could see what other locations were hauling in.
The 10th video makes the deepest cut so far: Deb VanDerhei, national director of the Consortium of Abortion Providers at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), speaks with the man posing as a procurement company executive. First she asks him what parts he wants. And her very next question is about remuneration.
Not “reimbursement.” Remuneration.
Roger Evans, PPFA’s top attorney, has schooled the abortionists to be careful, to do it the “right way,” but in the end, he is quoted as saying, there should be “one message” from Planned Parenthood staff: “I think this is a good idea.”
What about laws prohibiting profit from baby body parts? Gatter called them “specious.” “Ridiculous,” says Vanessa Russo, compliance program administrator for Planned Parenthood Keystone. “Crap discussions.”
In the 10th video, Carolyn Westhoff, senior PPFA medical adviser, says “obviously” they “could have the potential for a huge PR issue, by doing this.” VanDerhei describes a previous scandal 15 years ago and cautions the undercover “procurement company executive” to be very careful: “Think New York Times headline when you’re creating your policy.” In retrospect she overestimated the Times’ interest in covering the abortion scandal. Their reporting has been sparse and biased, including an editorial standing up for Planned Parenthood.
About fetal procurement policy: Planned Parenthood doesn’t have one. And that’s “by choice,” says Deborah Nucatola, PPFA’s senior director of medical services. Yet in her letter to Congress, Richards promised that any locations involved in procurement follow the (non-existent) national guidelines. Affiliates who want to get in on the baby body parts bonanza can call with questions, but there is no policy. And they certainly are “not comfortable” talking about the process via email, says VanDerhei.
Like cockroaches, they feast on remains but run from the light.
Several states have already pulled funds from Planned Parenthood. Investigations continue in others. Three US House committees—three—are investigating at the national level. You can keep up with their progress on our website. This week, as early as Thursday, the House will address two bills: one would defund Planned Parenthood for a year while investigations continue. The other would apply criminal penalties if an aborted baby is born alive and simply left to die. Flood your House representative’s office with email and phone calls.
And I’ll keep you posted as this dramatic situation continues. In the meantime, do all you can to share this ugly truth about the abortion industry. My prayer is that Planned Parenthood meets its demise by dismemberment through defunding.