Video Shows Planned Parenthood Exec Discussing Harvesting Fetal Organs

July 14, 2015  |  

Planned Parenthood is trying their luck at damage control after disturbing footage of Senior Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola was caught on camera discussing the harvesting and selling of aborted fetal organs without reserve.

The footage was released by pro-life advocacy group, The Center for Medical Progress, which conducted a three-year probe into the organization’s alleged practice. They set out to prove their alleged findings by hiring actors, who pretended to be buyers from a human biologics company. In one clip, the actors questions Nucatola about performing abortions to the need for specific organs.

Buyer: “How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of what’s expected, or what we need?”

Nucatola: “It makes a huge difference.  I’d say a lot of people want liver. 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.”

Nucatola: “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.”

Nucatola: “And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex. 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 purchasing and selling of body parts belonging to aborted fetuses is a felony, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison. However, donating the tissue for research, with the woman’s consent, is legal.

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood has since issued a statement to The Washington Post stating that the video misrepresent’s the non-profit organization’s work.

“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,” spokesman Eric Ferrero said. “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,” the spokesperson explains.

You can watch the 8-minute clip below.

Editor’s Note: Video contains graphic language. 

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