Planned Parenthood’s baby body-parts trade, revealed in a series of undercover videos released over the past year, has been described by members of Congress and experts as a “gruesome” practice, amounting to “charging for pieces of the corpse.”
While Planned Parenthood has retaliated with lawsuits and the pressing of charges against the the investigators deployed by the Center for Medical Progress, the abortion giant has suffered cancellation of government funding and public criticism as well as state and congressional investigations.
Now, CMP has released a video documenting the impact of the investigation.
The undercover videos revealed senior-level Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the sale and price of aborted baby body parts, and the Select Investigative Panel in Congress already has determined that Planned Parenthood was profiting from trade.
The committee also found the abortion industry exposed patients’ private medical records and “pressured patient consent with fraudulent paperwork.”
See a video about the progress over the year:
Among the executives captured on video were Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood; Mary Gatter, another executive who told investigators “I want a Lamborghini” as she was negotiating for higher payments; Savita Ginde of Planned Parenthood of the Rockies and Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
Nucatola, for example, said while sipping wine, “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.”
Ginde suggested ways to maximize payments for fetal tissue, stating, “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
And Melissa Farrell in Texas promised, “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”
However, making a profit and changing procedures to salvage tissue encroach on federal law.
The center released a statement on the one-year anniversary noting the impact of its work.
“The CMP videos now have more than 12 million views on YouTube, including over 3.2 million views of the first video. The videos prompted several congressional committees and state agencies to open preliminary inquiries, but the only dedicated, nationwide, and in-depth official investigation is the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Less than a week after the panel was chartered, Planned Parenthood announced a ‘policy’ change to no longer receive payments for supplying fetal tissue – after three months of insisting that these payments were completely legal and acceptable.”
Further, CMP said, the panel already documented the profits from fetal body part harvesting at some of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country and the company StemExpress.
The panel also filed formal complaints with the Department of Health and Human Services, charging the industry systematically violated patient privacy requirements under HIPAA.
“As more details and evidence continue to emerge in the ongoing investigation of Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby parts business, it’s clear Planned Parenthood is guilty of far more wrongdoing in their fetal harvesting scheme than anyone initially realized,” said David Daleiden, president of the Center for Medical Progress.
“Planned Parenthood has claimed for one year that they made no money from baby body parts, but faced with an ever-growing body of evidence to the contrary, they have yet to produce anything other than press releases to back up their lies to the public.
“The rule of law means that there cannot be one special set of rules for Planned Parenthood, and another for everybody else. Planned Parenthood is not above the law and must be held accountable for their callous and careless treatment of vulnerable patients and their barbaric profiteering on baby body parts,” he said.
CMP’s videos made three primary allegations against Planned Parenthood: 1) selling fetal body parts for profit, with pricing per individual part rather than reimbursement charges; 2) changing abortion methods in order to get better quality body parts; and 3) knowledge and approval of these practices at the highest levels of PPFA.
In the year since the videos were released, 24 states have attempted to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer subsidies and/or reassign them to mainstream, full-spectrum health-care providers.
Significantly, CMP noted, “Planned Parenthood has not denied that the incriminating and offensive statements were made by these senior level leadership figures.”
Only a few weeks ago, a court hearing was held in California on motions to dismiss a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against Daleiden.
There’s also a separate case against the investigators brought by a Texas prosecutor who has links to the abortion industry.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter discussed how her compensation for organs could rise when she said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
The fifth video released shows Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discussing “intact fetal cadavers”:
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 features Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.