“There is no legs, no arms, no head, no brain, no heart. … There’s not a baby at this point.”
That’s what an abortion counselor at a tax-funded Milwaukee, Wis., Planned Parenthood clinic reportedly told a woman who was six to eight weeks pregnant.
The following is an image of an unborn baby at seven-and-a-half weeks gestation:
Unborn baby at seven ad a half weeks (Source: The Endowment for Human Development)
In reality, by eight weeks, all of a baby’s essential organs have begun to form. Elbows and toes are visible, and facial features – including the eyes, nose, lips and tongue – continue to develop. The ears take shape, and the brain begins to control each of the organs. The baby is just less than one inch long.
The youth-led pro-life group Live Action.org released the following video footage of the Planned Parenthood staffer providing medically inaccurate abortion counseling and pressuring a woman to have an abortion on Sept. 9, 2009:
The pregnant woman, identified as Sara, asks the counselor, “So you see the baby?”
The counselor responds, “There’s not a baby at this point. You wouldn’t be able to identify any parts of the fetus whatsoever. … [A]t this point, there’s nothing developed at all. There’s no legs, no arms, no head, no brain, no heart. At this point, it’s just the embryo itself.”
The conversation turns to the responsibilities of caring for a child. The Planned Parenthood counselor appears to try to talk Sara out of keeping the baby.
“There’s still midnight feedings, diapers, money,” she explains. “I mean, the state can help you with insurance, but after that babies do cost a lot and right now the economy’s pretty bad, so …”
Sara informs the counselor that she doesn’t have a job.
The staffer tells her, “Yeah, so I mean if you don’t feel financially stable or you don’t feel ready to have a baby, then I would go with abortion. But if you feel that you can wing it and do it, and you want to continue with the pregnancy, that’s something that you’d really have to think about, you know.”
The counselor stresses difficulties of adoption, adding, “What I say to the people that are against abortion, I say, you know, are you willing to take in all these aborted children and raise them yourself? You know, that’s a burden that somebody’s financially responsible for, and you’re raising another person for 18 years.”
The worker urges Sara to obtain an abortion as soon as possible, saying it will be cheaper to do it early and won’t stress her out as much.
“I know that the commercials and the pictures and everything that are out there are just like horrible and they try to make it out to be this terrible thing like we’re throwing babies out the back door into the dumpster,” she explained. “It’s nothing like that.”
Live Action President Lila Rose
The worker tells Sara abortion involves a quick procedure, that the unborn baby has no “identifiable parts” and “women are early enough along where there is no fetal matter.”
A similar video released in December from an Appleton, Wis., abortion clinic prompted Wisconsin State Sen. Glenn Grothman to call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Live Action reported that two leading embryologists also denounced Planned Parenthood’s counseling, calling it “absurd and scientifically erroneous.”
As WND reported, Live Action also released a video in February of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin failing to report sexual abuse of a woman who posed as a 14-year-old statutory rape victim. The staff also coached her on how to obtain an abortion without her parents’ knowledge or approval, the group said.
Wisconsin law requires women to receive medically accurate information before obtaining an abortion.
Lila Rose, a 21-year-old UCLA student and Live Action’s president, said the newly released footage further confirms the deceptive and manipulative practices of Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood has an abortion-first mentality that is driven both by ideology and the desire for money,” Rose said. “Since women will often choose against abortion if they learn the scientific facts about the unborn child inside the womb, Planned Parenthood distorts basic facts in an attempt to perform more abortions.”
The video is the second in Live Action’s “Rosa Acuna Project,” a multi-state undercover investigation into misleading abortion counseling by Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the U.S.