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Planned Profiting

Undercover videos expose abortionists selling body parts.

-Samantha Balmforth-

On September 9, 2015, the United States Congress undertook its first hearing to determine whether or not the American government should continue to fund women’s “health” and abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Many Republicans want a complete defunding of Planned Parenthood, while most Democrats argue that Planned Parenthood is too important to women’s health to defund, regardless of whether or not they sell baby parts.

Planned Parenthood hides behind the façade of its logo “Care. No matter what”. What, however, does Planned Parenthood care about? It has been found out to be making money from selling the body parts of aborted babies. It appears that baby parts are more profitable than living babies.

This has all come to light through the recent release of (so far) 10 videos by a pro-life organisation, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). CMP recorded undercover videos of various Planned Parenthood officials while pretending to be representatives of a biomedical research company.

The CMP “buyers” fooled Planned Parenthood into thinking they were selling baby parts (the products of abortions). Over the 10 videos that have been released, CMP has uncovered the brutal nature of the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood murders unborn babies, and is involved in the buying and selling of organs and body parts of aborted babies. This is a federal felony in the US and is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine of up to $500,000.

“Procurement technicians would sometimes harvest baby parts without consent, even if the mother had flatly refused.”

Each video seems to be more depraved than the previous one. The first video was shocking enough, involving the senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, Dr Deborah Nucatola. With the sound turned off, one could be mistaken for thinking that Nucatola was casually chatting with friends about her holiday plans, such is her nonchalant body language as she sips her wine and eats her salad. The reality is gruesome indeed.

In the video, Nucatola describes what appears to be the illegal selling of organs and body parts from aborted babies for profit. Planned Parenthood have defended their procedures, calling it “tissue donation” for research, which is legal in the US, and adding that Nucatola was discussing the cost and fees associated with this. Yet Nucatola describes how exactly abortionists such as herself go about ensuring they get the organs and body parts that they want, avoiding the torso if possible so as not to damage the valuable organs such as the heart, lungs and liver which are the more popular organs and therefore fetch a higher price. “I’m basically going to crush below, I’m going to crush above, and I’m going to see if I can get it all intact.”

The second video was in the same tone, involving senior Planned Parenthood director Dr Mary Gatter haggling over prices for baby parts whilst stating that the “less crunchy” methods of abortion yield better, more intact body parts. Gatter floats the price of $75 per specimen, and is countered with $100 by the undercover actors. She happily accepts this and later jokes, “I want a Lamborghini.” Gatter then declares that “we’re not in it for the money, and we don’t want to be in a position of being accused of selling tissue and stuff like that.”

The third and fourth videos feature Dr Savita Ginde. Most alarmingly, Ginde states that during some secondtrimester abortions the baby is “delivered” (meaning born) and is then classified as “intact”. An intact baby will mean more profit, as its organs are not damaged. It is fair to assume that babies are sometimes born alive during Planned Parenthood procedures and are then killed (or left to die) and harvested for body parts. The video also contains footage of Ginde dissecting an aborted baby, where an audible crack of a skull can be heard.

The fifth video again focuses heavily on these “intact specimens” and how Planned Parenthood will adjust its abortion methods depending on the requests of the company purchasing the body parts. The Director of Research for Planned Parenthood in Texas, Melissa Farrell, states that “we [Planned Parenthood] deviate from our standard” in order to provide the particular buyer what they want. US federal law states that no alteration in the timing or the method of abortion be done for the purposes of foetal tissue collection, so this would be a violation of that law – as abysmal as that law is.

The sixth video interviews an exprocurement technician, Holly O’Donnell, who also features in previous videos. As an eyewitness, O’Donnell recounts how she was told that the “donation” of body parts and organs post abortion was “not an option, [but] a demand” and that procurement technicians would sometimes harvest baby parts without consent, even if the mother had flatly refused.

There is a chance now to change people’s minds on the issue of abortion. The brutality of this profit-driven industry is now on show for all to see.

O’Donnell’s impression of Planned Parenthood’s main motivation is profit, that it views pregnant women as an opportunity to make money, rather than caring for their health and well-being as is claimed by the organisation. Ms O’Donnell is interviewed again in the seventh video, and this time includes a most chilling story. She recalls how she was called in for a procedure and the abortion doctor told her to “come and see something kinda cool, kinda neat”. What O’Donnell describes is “the most gestated baby [she’s] ever seen” which, based on the size she describes, was probably between 19 and 21 weeks.

O’Donnell says that the doctor taps on the baby’s heart with an instrument and it starts beating again, meaning it was almost definitely alive when it was born. O’Donnell was then instructed to procure the brain of the baby, which would entail her having to cut the head open, through the face with scissors. O’Donnell complied. However, she felt disgusted throughout the procedure and resigned from her job soon after.

President Obama has remained tight-lipped on all 10 videos, saying nothing to condemn their contents, nor Planned Parenthood. This is unsurprising, as the President has been a long-time supporter of the organisation. It is unknown what the result of the Congressional hearings will be, whether or not they will result in a defunding of Planned Parenthood. What is known is that this is the greatest achievement for the pro-life movement in 50 years.

Due to the undercover nature of the actors and the videos, unprecedented access was given to the inner workings of Planned Parenthood and the horrific nature of the abortion industry was able to be shown to the public. This opportunity will most likely never occur again. There is a chance now to change people’s minds on the issue of abortion. The brutality of this profit driven industry is now on show for all to see.

America, and the world, has been provided with sickening evidence of how Planned Parenthood works behind closed doors. The babies whom they claim are nothing more than “cells” are ruthlessly harvested for their hearts, lungs, livers and brains. The goal is profit, and they have been caught redhanded by CMP’s undercover sting, definitely proving that for Planned Parenthood cash comes before the lives of the babies, the welfare of the mothers, and the law. Planned Parenthood should be defunded and prosecuted. Baby parts are profitable, but babies are precious.

First Published in AP Magazine Summer 2015/2016 Edition.
Click here for link to  the most recent news around this issue published by ‘The Federalist’

Samantha Balmforth works as a deaconess at Revesby Presbyterian Church

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