Talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh is holding nothing back when it comes to Planned Parenthood’s alleged sale of dead baby body parts revealed Tuesday in an undercover video.
“It’s just the sickest, it is the most evil, it is the most depraved thing that I have heard in a long while,” Limbaugh said on his national broadcast Wednesday. “And I think precisely because it is sick and evil and depraved is why mainstream Drive-By Media outlets are not covering it.”
The recording shows Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how her organization sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions – a felony punishable by imprisonment – to harvest intact body parts.
In the video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Nucatola is at a business lunch with a man and a woman posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Services division, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood clinics since 2009. She also trains new abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks, Life News reports.
One national news agency actually covering the video is the Associated Press, which Limbaugh scorched for what he says is the wire service’s clear bias in favor of the abortion industry.
“The Associated Press has joined Planned Parenthood in the sickness and in the evil and in the depravity in the way they are attempting to report this,” Limbaugh declared.
He took note of both the AP news story and its associated tweet using euphemisms to “soften the blow” of what was taking place, using such terms as “the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses” and “disposition of fetal remains.”
Limbaugh sarcastically noted they might as well “change the name from unviable mass to undocumented fetal remains.”
Listen to Rush Limbaugh’s discussion of the baby body parts for sale:
Planned Parenthood responds to critics
Planned Parenthood issued a statement saying Nucatola was only talking about selling “tissue” and downplayed the video.
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases,” PP spokesman Eric Ferraro said. “Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. 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 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.”
Ferraro then went on the attack against the video’s producer, which he chastised for trying to jeopardize Planned Parenthood’s “lifesaving” work.
“A well-funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research,” he said. “Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.”
Limbaugh said there was no lifesaving research by Planned Parenthood, because the abortionists would have trumpeted any medical breakthrough it had made.
“It’s easy to say that you’re engaged in life-saving, scientific research. But where are the results? Where are the lives saved?” he noted. “We’re killing lives here! We’re ending! We’re destroying!”
The Center for Medical Progress issued a statement responding to Planned Parenthood’s alleged cover-up of baby-part sales:
Planned Parenthood makes two key admissions in their statement today: 1) aborted fetal parts are harvested at their clinics, and 2) money is exchanged in connection with this. They also tell several lies: 1) That proper consent is obtained from patients, 2) That Planned Parenthood does not make money off the body parts, and 3) that everything is legal.
The Center for Medical Progress has obtained an advertisement to Planned Parenthood clinics from StemExpress, LLC, one of the major purchasers of Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal tissue. This flyer advertises 4 different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from supplying fetal tissue, with the words: “Financially Profitable,” “Financial Profits,” “financial benefit to your clinic,” “fiscal growth of your own clinic.” The advertisement carries an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Dorothy Furgerson.
Limbaugh explained that everything you’ve heard abortionists say about what they do “is a lie.”
He said there are approximately 3,300 abortions every day in America, more than 1.2 million per year. He noted the figure is “about 367 Charleston church massacres every day.”
Although he’s one of the leading conservative voices in the nation, Limbaugh said he expects plenty of people in the Republican Party to object to his strong pro-life stance.
“I’m reminded of all of the Republicans over the years who have warned me and thumped me in the chest with their fingers, and warned me away from this. ‘You gotta stop talking about the social issues. The social issues are killing us!’ … and social issues always meant abortion.”
He continued: “You are going to be shocked at the number of people angry at me and anyone else who interprets the story like me.”
Later in the program his prediction came to fruition when his call screener informed him, “He’s being bombarded by calls from New York shouting at him, telling me where to go … and then they’re hanging up. … I’m not surprised in any way.”
The commercial trafficking in any kind of human body parts is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both. Also, partial-birth abortion is a federal felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.
Nucatola admits on hidden camera that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures to get salable parts, and is aware of its own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
Nucatola described how abortion procedures are altered not for the safety of women but to get the most marketable body parts, including intact livers, hearts and heads, which are highly sought by those who procure human body tissue for research.
In the video, she speaks in detail about how she meticulously “crushes” above and below the thorax to destroy the baby while leaving its head intact. Nucatola said she “huddles” with her staff in the morning to go over which body parts are requested by buyers and then comes up with a game plan to harvest those organs from the unborn babies that will be aborted that day.
The buyers ask Nucatola, “How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of what’s expected, or what we need?”
“It makes a huge difference,” Nucatola replies while casually eating and drinking in what appears to be a restaurant or cafeteria. “I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium (the head) is basically the biggest part.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below. I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
She goes on to explain to the undercover buyer that “people want lower extremities too, which, that’s simple. I mean that’s easy. I don’t know what they’re doing with it. I guess they want muscle.”
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Limbaugh was astonished at Nucatola’s remarks, saying: “You mean to tell me from an unviable tissue mass we are able to extract functioning livers and hearts and kidneys from unviable tissue mass? They are able to harvest these organs which can be made to grow and function, and which may, in fact, be already be functioning at the time of harvest? How’s that? That violates everything that Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice crowd has told us over the years.”