Americans may soon know a lot more about the baby body parts trade run by Planned Parenthood and other abortionists because of depositions issued to many industry executives.
The trade was spotlighted in a series of videos released in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress, which sent founder David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt into abortion-industry meetings with a hidden camera.
Planned Parenthood executives were caught on camera discussing how they adjust abortion procedures to save body parts valued by researchers. One executive famously said she sought higher profits because she wanted to buy a Lamborghini.
The video series led to congressional inquiries and formal referrals to law enforcement agencies for investigation. At least two companies that acted as middle-men were fined and put out of business.
Planned Parenthood and others have sued Daleiden and the CMP for violating their privacy, even though the videos mostly were made in public locations such as restaurants.
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund is one of the legal teams defending CMP, along with the St. Thomas More Society and the Alliance Defending Freedom.
FCDF describes the coming depositions as “an unprecedented opportunity” for those who oppose abortion to get information about “the abortion giant’s illegal selling of baby parts.”
A trial is scheduled next September, but before the end of April Daleiden’s lawyers are to interview under oath Deb VanDerhei, national director, consortium of abortion providers, PPFA; Deb Nucatola of Planned Parenthood; Mary Gatter, PPFA; Melissa Farrell, PP Gulf Coast; Ellen Gertzog, PPFA; Savita Ginde, PP Rocky Mountains; and Tram Nguyen, PP Gulf Coast.
“Backed up by legions of attorneys from two national law firms, Planned Parenthood is spending millions of dollars to destroy a young man who exposed fetal tissue trafficking in the abortion industry,” said Charles LiMandri, FCDF’s chief counsel. “We have no doubt that officials’ testimonies will shed a light on Planned Parenthood’s illegal operations.”
One video showed Nucatola admitting she alters abortion techniques to procure intact fetal organs, even though the law doesn’t allow it.
In addition to taking the depositions, FCDF attorneys are analyzing thousands of pages of documents released by Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood has everything to lose if the full scope of their illicit trade in aborted baby body parts is revealed,” said Daleiden.
Several of the videos have been suppressed by an abortion-linked judge that contain more information about the National Abortion Federation.
Here are two of the videos released by CMP:
One of the videos that has been suppressed by Judge William Orrick includes more details about the industry.
It was available only briefly online.
But it includes, for example, Lisa Harris, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Michigan, saying: “Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right? The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out. The hemorrhages that we manage.”
Susan Robinson of Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte in San Jose, California: “The fetus is a tough little object and taking it apart, I mean taking it apart, on day one is very difficult.’
Talcott Camp, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Health Freedom Project: “I’m like oh my god! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp. I get it, I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.”
Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in ’til last, and then try to basically take it, or actually, you know, catch everything, and even keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost.”
Uta Landy, founder of the Consortium of Abortion providers for Planned Parenthood: “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross.”
Her comment was followed by raucous laughter from the abortionists at the meeting of the National Abortion Federation.