Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical sevices, didn't know she was on camera when she disclosed that her organization regularly sells body parts of babies who have been aborted.
But an undercover video has revealed the shocking truth. Over lunch, Nucatola told actors who posed as potential buyers of body parts about the gruesome practice.
The Center for Medical Progress, a nonprofit organization, made the video, which reveals the extent of Planned Parenthood’s lack of regard for the life of unborn children. The actors told Nucatola, who has had a supervisory role nationally for Planned Parenthood since 2009, that they needed the body parts for their human biologics company.
Nucatola assured them that would be no problem. “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 crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
Planned Parenthood makes up to $100 per body part, and Nucatola told the undercover actors, “I’d say a lot of people want liver.” That is why, she explained, “most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
At the beginning of each day, Nucatola said, she has “a huddle” with the abortionists to determine which baby body parts are in the highest demand, so they can utilize whichever procedure will work best to salvage them.
The selling of parts of the bodies of aborted babies is a violation of federal law — a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. Nucatola told the “buyers” that the national Planned Parenthood office has concerns about its legal liability, which is why such things are discussed “behind closed doors.” Besides, she noted, “laws are up to interpretation.”
In another video clip, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richardson is seen praising Nucatola’s effort in this area. “She’s amazing,” Richardson exclaims.
Dr. Nucatola teaches new abortionists how to perform the various procedures, and carries out her own abortions at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Los Angeles on unborn children up to 24 weeks (six months) in term.
David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress called what Planned Parenthood was doing a “criminal conspiracy.”
Live Action President Lila Rose expressed similar sentiments. “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 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.” She called their practices “barbaric.”
The barbarism of Planned Parenthood is not new. Today, it is the nation’s largest provider of “reproductive health services,” performing around 300,000 abortions each year, and its history has always shown the same callous disregard for human life. Tax-funded Planned Parenthood grew out of the American Birth Control League, founded in New York by racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who argued that the aborigines of Australia were “just a step higher than the chimpanzees” in that they had “little self control.” At least, she noted, compared to “normal men and women.” She founded the organization to eliminate people she described as "human weeds."
Sanger’s pro-eugenics position, in which she supported compulsory sterilization for some individuals she contended should not be allowed to reproduce, remains a public relations problem for the organization. Despite this, the Margaret Sanger Award is still given to “individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights.” Recipients of the award have included President Lyndon B. Johnson, John D. Rockefeller III, Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, and Hillary Clinton.
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, said the undercover video was shocking, demonstrating the “grisly, inhumane business model of Planned Parenthood.” She called for the defunding of the organization, arguing, “The American taxpayer should not be in the business with such callous profiteers.”
But they are, and have been for decades. Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act. He defended the funding, asserting that "No American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic conditions.”
Planned Parenthood receives about one-third of its money from government grants and contracts. While federal money cannot be used directly in the performance of abortions, it is funneled to the organization's other services such as breast cancer screening, thus freeing up privately donated funds for abortions in many of their 820 clinics throughout the United States.
As there is little doubt that the Obama Justice Department will refuse to file any criminal charges against Planned Parenthood, pro-life leaders across the country have called for an investigation by Congress. Now it remains for congressmen with a conscience to step up to the plate.