An organization hired by Planned Parenthood to analyze the sting by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed the organization’s sale of baby body parts contends the video reports are misleading.
But Fusion GPS concluded that while “cuts, skips, missing tape, and changes in camera angle” were “suspicious,” its analysis commissioned by Planned Parenthood “did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.”
The videos released over the past two months, which have prompted widespread horror and outrage, show Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of body parts with representatives in the trade.
WND reported Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards took her complaints about the videos – some of which were ordered by a judge to be released after Planned Parenthood tried to block them – to Congress, asserting the undercover investigators should be investigated.
One video shows a Planned Parenthood executive worried about being “low-balled” in the sale of the body parts of aborted babies.
Four congressional committees and several states are investigating claims that Planned Parenthood has profited from sale of the parts and has altered procedures to obtain them, which are both illegal acts.
Several other states have concluded their investigations with no charges.
The analysis commissioned by Planned Parenthood said the CMP videos contain “intentional post-production edits,” which means they “cannot be relied upon in official inquiries as a credible record of events unless the record is supplemented by CMP’s original unedited material.”
CMP, however, has released the lengthy, unedited footage that was used to make the produced video presentations.
The Fusion GPS report criticized CMP investigators for using two cameras, and a television producer who watched the videos identified “the use of ominous music, replays, color manipulation, ‘scratch’ effects, strategic display of frame counters and timestamps” to create “gotcha” moments.”
The report commissioned by Planned Parenthood said: “The numerous errors, discrepancies and omissions in the CMP transcripts render them useless as ‘evidence.’ They also cannot be relied upon in official inquiries as a credible text record of what is said in the videos.”
In response, CMP said the “forensic analysis” was nothing more than “a pseudoscientific production by Fusion GPS, a political opposition-research company that has no forensic certifications.”
“While the report, which contains multiple errors, set out to delegitimize CMP’s video evidence, it only provides evidence of the opposite: the report admits that ‘This analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation’ and that it ‘shows no evidence of audio manipulation.'”
CMP said the Planned Parenthood report “attempts to cast aspersions on the investigative footage because of the use of two cameras.”
“In reality, the use of multiple cameras corroborates the scenes recorded and enhances the evidentiary value of the footage. CMP provides law enforcement and official investigators with the original files from all recording devices.”
LifeNews reported CMP on Monday released a supplemental video to shed “more light on the profit Planned Parenthood makes associated with the sale of aborted babies and their body parts.”
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies. “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.”
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter joked, “I want a Lamborghini.”
A former StemExpress worker, Holly O’Donnell, said in No. 3 that she fainted in horror when she was asked to process an aborted baby.
In No. 4, Savita Ginde of Planned Parenthood’s Denver clinic said she didn’t want to do a flat fee. “A per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
In the fifth, Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discusses “intact fetal cadavers.”
The sixth video returns to O’Donnell, who confirms fetal remains are taken for research without patient consent.
The seventh horrifying has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 has Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.
An old story
WND also has reported that as horrific as the videos appear, they should surprise no one, since such practices have been documented for nearly two decades already.
A price list uncovered by a pro-life organization dated June 1998 shows that the price per specimen from a second trimester abortion is $90 fresh and $130 frozen.
Mark Crutcher, whose Life Dynamics organization was a ground-breaker in investigating the abortion behemoth that gets some $500 million annually from U.S. taxpayers, worked on that investigation.
His group reported back in February 2000 how the baby parts market works: “A baby parts ‘wholesaler’ enters into a financial agreement with an abortion clinic in which the wholesaler pays a monthly ‘site fee’ to the clinic. For this payment, the wholesaler is allowed to place a retrieval agent inside the clinic where he or she is given access to the corpses of children killed there and a workspace to harvest their parts.”
He continued: “The buyer – usually a researcher working for a medical school, pharmaceutical company, bio-tech company or government agency – supplies the wholesaler with a list of the baby parts wanted. … when such orders are received … they are faxed to the retrieval agent at the clinic who harvests the requested parts and ships them to the buyer.”
The documentation was provided at that time to Life Dynamics by a worker who left Comprehensive Health for Women, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Overland Park, Kansas.
Among the documents was a “Fee-for-Services” Schedule A, effective June 1998, which outlined a charge of $220 per specimen for first-trimester aspiration abortions and $260 if the baby parts were frozen.
Crutcher’s report, citing Planned Parenthood’s own paperwork, found that one agent sold during February 1996 alone 47 livers, 11 liver fragments, seven brains, 21 eyes, eight thymuses, 23 legs, 14 pancreases, 14 lungs, six arms and one kidney-adrenal gland.
He also sold three orders of blood from the unborn child. The retrieval agent “harvested all of the parts,” the report said, explaining that “in order for the blood of an aborted child to be sold, the dead baby had to be brought to him intact.”
The “specimens,” the report said, would have generated up to about $25,000 in revenue for one month from one retrieval agent at one Planned Parenthood business.
Crutcher reported that the tissue logs reveal that one baby is often chopped up and sold to many buyers.
For example, babies taken from donors 113968 and 114189 were both killed late in their second trimester and cut into nine pieces. By applying the price list, buyers would have been invoiced between $3,510 and $5,070 for these parts, he said.