An undercover video taken by the Center for Medical Progress shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, talking about selling body parts of babies after they’re aborted. In the video, she met with investigators posing as representatives from a “Fetal Tissue Procurement Company” for lunch on July 25 of last year.
“Every provider has had patients who want to donate their tissue and they absolutely want to accommodate them,” she began. “They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as, ‘This clinic is selling tissue, this clinic is making money off of this.’”
“A lot of people are looking for hearts these days,” she said. “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.”
“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” she adds. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
She also talks about pricing: “You know, I would throw a number out, and I would say it’s probably anywhere from $30 to $100 (per specimen) depending on the facility and what’s involved.”
Nucatola also described how partial-birth abortion procedures help keep the baby parts intact.
“And with the calvarium [the baby’s head], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex,” she continues. “So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”
The video also shows a “tissue order form” from StemExpress.com which lists 40 different “organs and tissues” from unborn babies as old as 20 weeks for purchase, making that baby worth $1200 to $4,000 to Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, which bills itself as a “trusted health care provider,” has raked in $27,835,050 so far this year.
According to the US Criminal Code, the buying or selling human body parts is a federal felony while the commercial trafficking of body parts from an aborted baby is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000. House Republicans have called for hearings into the issue.
“Planned Parenthood is actually allowed, is my understanding, for scientific research, to use fetal tissue and that is not illegal,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat and member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and sponsor of many abortion-rights bills.
“Having talked to the leadership at Planned Parenthood, this was a sting operation,” she added.
California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, another prominent supporter of abortion rights and Democrat also dismissed the latest attacks against Planned Parenthood.
“They’ve been attacking Planned Parenthood for years,” she said. “They’ve been calling for investigations for years, and they surface videos and they come on the attack…and I think it’s outrageous.”
It’s truly evil that when a ‘fetuses’ heart and liver can sustain life outside the mother’s womb, it’s considered simply ‘viable tissue,’ while still in that womb.