EDITORIAL: It’s organ trafficking. They are aborting the poor and selling the parts to the rich. There is so much unethical practices going on here, these clinics and this NON-PROFIT should be shut down immediately!
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 21, 2015
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Congress will investigate Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announced today. The investigation comes in light of a shocking undercover video released yesterday by the Center for Medical Progress, showing Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually munching on salad while describing how she strategically aborts children so their organs can be harvested.
A number of Republican presidential hopefuls have already spoken about the video, calling for Congress to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, which currently receives 45 percent of its $1.2 billion annual budget from government funding.
Speaker John Boehner – who has tried to stop taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood before – and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy gave statements today as well, referencing the sanctity of human life and the abortion practices they described as “gruesome” and “inhumane.” Boehner stated:
Nothing is more precious than life, especially an unborn child. When anyone diminishes an unborn child, we are all hurt, irreversibly so. When an organization monetizes an unborn child – and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video – we must all act. As a start, I have asked our relevant committees to look into this matter. I am also calling on President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.
Life is truly a miracle, and here in the House we have fought and will continue to fight to protect the sanctity of life. I speak for all of my colleagues when I say I was deeply disturbed by reports and video of an organization engaging in such grotesque and inhumane practices. I will be working with House Committees to investigate the claims made by the employee. We should all agree that no life is expendable, and our society has no place for such callous indifference to life.
Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion chain, receiving over $500 million in forced taxpayer funding every year. Every day, the abortion corporation receives $1.4 million in tax dollars, according to its annual report.
After the release of the undercover video, Live Action President Lila Rose urged an immediate halt to all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
This investigation by the Center for Medical Progress reveals the unimaginable horror that is Planned Parenthood. The exploitation of human life, the cover-up, and the black market profiteering by America’s largest abortion chain is not only egregious and heartbreaking, but exposes how the abortion giant is corrupt to the core — from the CEO, Cecile Richards, down to the local clinic. As Live Action has investigated through the years, Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices reveal their contempt for rule of law and human life. This latest expose of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby parts for profit should be the final nail in the coffin for the abortion giant. Congress must take immediate action to stop all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and end the bankrolling of this horrific human rights abuser.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Texas Governor Greg Abbott also announced plans to investigate the abortion giant in their states.
SECOND VIDEO: Planned Parenthood Exec. Haggles Over Baby-Part Pricing, Wants Lamborghini
One Planned Parenthood executive might get a Lamborghini — funded by aborted baby parts.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a second undercover video July 21 showing another Planned Parenthood executive, Dr. Mary Gatter, bartering over prices for aborted baby parts and offering to abort with a “less crunchy technique” to harvest baby “specimens.”
In the video, Dr. Mary Gatter, Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors’ Council President, met with investigators posing as buyers from a “Fetal Tissue Procurement Company” for lunch on February 6, 2015.
When one buyer asked, “What would you expect for intact tissue?” Gatter responded, “Why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying?” Then Gatter, hesitant to throw out a number for baby parts because she didn’t want to “low-ball it,” later suggested “$75 a specimen.”
While Gatter stressed, “We’re not in it for the money,” and “The money is not the important thing,” she contradicted herself by following with comments like, “But what were you thinking of?” and, “But it has to be big enough that it’s worthwhile for me.”
After a buyer suggested raising the price $100 “per specimen,” Gatter accepted and asked, “Now, this is for tissue that you actually take, not just tissue that someone volunteers and you can’t find anything, right?”
The video also featured a conversation about previous baby part deals.
“It was logistically very easy for us, we didn’t have to do anything,” Gatter said in the video. “So there was compensation for this.”
Gatter presented one “little bit of a problem” – harvesting intact fetuses by “violating” their protocol towards patients (“We not doing anything different in our care for you”). But she immediately added, “I wouldn’t object to asking Ian, who’s our surgeon who does the cases, to use an IPAS [manual vacuum aspirator] at that gestational age in order to increase the odds that he’s going to get an intact specimen.”
Even $100 didn’t seem enough by the end of the lunch, as Gatter concluded, “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”
Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding during the fiscal year 2013—2014. That amounted to more than $1.4 million per day, through government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements.
The video, following on the heels of last week’s video with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, is part of CMP’s investigative study, “Human Capital.”
The liberal media raced to defend Planned Parenthood after CMP released its first video by relying on euphemistic language and censoring the word “baby” from coverage. In the first 9 hours and 30 minutes of news shows broadcast after the story broke, ABC, NBC and CBS, spent only 39 seconds on the first video. It took more than 24 hours before all three covered the story
Similarly, the media stayed mum on the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell’s trial, in which witnesses described baby abortion survivors “swimming” in toilets “to get out,” attracted a scant 12 – 15 reporters. Only after 56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry, did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell.
Will the news media be as hesitant to report on this latest video?
In a press release reacting to the second CMP video, Priests for Life National Director Fr. Frank Pavone, called Planned Parenthood “morally corrupt” and pledged his organization’s assistance in Congressional investigations into “the extent to which Planned Parenthood officials, at the highest level, have broken state and federal law.”
“[I]in the light of what they do to kill children and sell their parts, it is clearly immoral to give any support or transact any business with Planned Parenthood,” he concluded.