Since July 14, 2015, The Center for Medical Progress has posted the following undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s handing of the body parts of its victims:
- Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts (July 14, 2015) [full footage]
- Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods (July 21, 2015) [full footage]
- Human Capital, Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts (July 28, 2015) [full footage]
- Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen (July 30, 2015)
- Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center (August 4, 2015) [full footage]
And here are the complete transcripts:
- Lunch meeting with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods
- Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen
- Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” at Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center
Today (August 12, 2015), the sixth video has posted:
Human Capital, Episode 2: Inside the Planned Parenthood Supply Site
Here is their summary:
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12-The second episode in a new documentary web series highlights a young woman’s eyewitness narrative of the daily practice of fetal body parts harvesting in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, describing tissue procurement workers’ coordination with abortion providers, the pressure placed on patients, and disregard for patient consent.
The “Human Capital” documentary web series, produced by The Center for Medical Progress, integrates expert interviews, eyewitness accounts, and real-life undercover interactions to explore various themes connected to Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal tissue. Episode 1, “Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts,” premiered last month. Episode 2, “Inside the Planned Parenthood Supply Site,” launches today at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABzFZM73o8M
The series follows the personal narrative of Holly O’Donnell, a former Blood and TIssue Procurement Technician for StemExpress, a start-up biotech company from northern California that partners with Planned Parenthood clinics to purchase their aborted fetus parts and resell them for scientific experimentation. As a procurement tech, O’Donnell’s job was to identify pregnant patients matching the specifications of StemExpress customers and to harvest the fetal body parts from their abortions.
“It’s not an option, it’s a demand,” StemExpress supervisors instructed O’Donnell about approaching pregnant women at Planned Parenthood for fetal tissue “donations.” O’Donnell says the StemExpress techs working in Planned Parenthood clinics sometimes harvested fetal parts without obtaining consent from the patients: “If there was a higher gestation, and the technicians needed it, there were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
Federal laws on the procurement and use of human fetal tissue require that patients consent to the tissue donation subsequent to consenting to the abortion procedure (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).
According to O’Donnell, Planned Parenthood gave StemExpress workers access to patient records and schedules so that the harvesting company could plan for the days when patient “supply” would be greatest. “They give you a sheet, and it’s everybody for that day, who’s coming in for an ultrasound, who’s coming in for an abortion, medical or a late-term abortion,” O’Donnell explains. Even patients just seeking a pregnancy test at Planned Parenthood were considered part of the supply: “Pregnancy tests are potential pregnancies, therefore potential specimens. So it’s just taking advantage of the opportunities.”
Project Lead David Daleiden notes, “Experiences like Holly O’Donnell’s show that Planned Parenthood’s abortion and baby parts business is not a safe place where vulnerable women can be cared for, but a harvesting ground for saleable human ‘product.’ Taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood’s barbaric abortion business should be revoked immediately, and law enforcement and other elected officials must act decisively to determine the full extent of Planned Parenthood’s offensive practices and hold them accountable to the law.”
Russell Moore’s thoughts on the Planned Parenthood videos:
“What I hope happens out of [these videos] is not just that we act in public justice and defund Planned Parenthood but also that we start to shape and form consciences to do away with the violence of abortion.”
Here are two websites to be aware of if you want to make your voice heard:
- ProtestPP.com is planning a peaceful protest at Planned Parenthood facilities across America on August 22, 2015 from 9:00am-11:00am
- EndPP.com unites prolife consumers in protest against corporate support of Planned Parenthood.
And here are a few resources that may be helpful or of interest for you:
- Reuben Navarrette Jr.’s candid article, “I Don’t Know if Im Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos“
- Francis Beckwith’s reading list of some books that make a sophisticated philosophical case for the pro-life position (see his follow-up on female pro-life scholars)
- Ross Douthat’s bracing and brilliant piece, “There Is No Pro-Life Case for Planned Parenthood“; see also his first of two posts answering questions from a pro-abortion-choice advocate
- Michael Krueger’s brief responses to four bad arguments to defend Planned Parenthood: (1) they do other good things; (2) the videos have been heavily edited; (3) Planned Parenthood is not making any money; (4) Fetal tissue is being used for important scientific research.
- In a 2013 article from the liberal online magazine Slate, senior editor Rachael Larimore looked at the idea that only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion and called it ”meaningless—to the point of being downright silly.” Rich Lowry has a very helpful explanation of how they abuse this statistic: “By Planned Parenthood’s math, a woman who gets an abortion but also a pregnancy test, an STD test, and some contraceptives has received four services, and only 25 percent of them are abortion. This is a little like performing an abortion and giving a woman an aspirin, and saying only half of what you do is abortion. Such cracked reasoning could be used to obscure the purpose of any organization. The sponsors of the New York City Marathon could count each small cup of water they hand out (some 2 million cups, compared with 45,000 runners) and say they are mainly in the hydration business. Or Major League Baseball teams could say that they sell about 20 million hot dogs and play 2,430 games in a season, so baseball is only .012 percent of what they do.”
- Peter Kreeft argues that there are only four possible positions you can hold regarding the nature of a fetus, and he looks at the logical implications of each position: