A doctor has been caught on tape admitting that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted babies, which is a blatant violation of federal law.
An anti-abortion group on Tuesday released the undercover video of Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. Over lunch, she is reordered explaining to the buyers ( a couple who are actually actors,posing as medical researchers) all about her organization’s efforts to deliver intact limbs and organs to interested parties, how the procedure is performed and which human organs are most popular.
“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Dr. Nucatola says. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”
Dr. Nucatola nonchalantly describes that the “calvarium” fetches the highest price, and that prices for body parts generally range from $30 to $100, all while eating a salad.
“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,” the abortion doctor says.
“And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex [head-first],” she continues. “So if you do it starting from the breech [feet-first] 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 reveals Dr. Nucatola is aware the practice of selling mutilated dead baby parts effectively violates a federal law which prohibits the sale of fetal tissue procured from partial birth abortions.
David Daleiden, the head of the non-profit Center for Medical Progress, says he’s floored by the admissions of criminal wrongdoing his team captured:
“Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization,” Daleiden said, according to LifeNews.com. “Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”
Following the release of the organization’s damning exposé, several pro-life groups demanded Congress immediately launch an investigation into the practices Dr. Nucatola discusses in the video.
After admitting to criminal wrongdoing on film, Dr. Nucatola deleted her Twitter account within 1.5 hours of the video’s release.
A spokesman for Planned Parenthood said the video misrepresents the organization’s work and that Planned Parenthood clinics, with a patient’s permission, sometimes donate fetal tissue for use in stem-cell research.
Statement from Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.
“A well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research. Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.”