Planned Parenthood speculates what we’ll see in upcoming videos, including actual baby dissections for organs

deborahnucatolazPlanned Parenthood has submitted a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee refusing to produce its scandalized Chief Medical Director, Deborah Nucatola, at a briefing to answer questions regarding potential illegalities she admitted to in a conversation caught on video by The Center for Medical Progress during an undercover investigation.

In that letter, Planned Parenthood seeks to get in front of further scandal by speculating what it thinks will be on future damaging investigative videos by CMP. This includes an admission that CMP investigators may have video of actual tissue procurement at a PP facility:

Biomax set up exhibits at our National Medical Conference and our National Conference over the last couple of years.

We believe that on at least one occasion a representative from Biomax was shown a highly sensitive area in a clinic where tissue is processed after abortion procedures. While this work is standard and essential during any abortion procedure, any filming in such an area would be an extremely serious invasion of our patients’ privacy and dignity. We also believe that in at least one interaction at a Planned Parenthood facility, the Biomax representative asked questions about the racial characteristics of tissue donated to researchers studying sickle cell anemia, apparently seeking to create a misleading impression.

We believe a focal point of Biomax’s efforts was to induce our affiliates to enter into sham procurement contracts. In one instance, the amounts offered by Biomax were $100 per specimen. In another instance, Biomax offered to pay much more, sending the affiliate a “procurement agreement” that offered a payment of $1,600 for a liver and thymus – an astronomical amount compared to the minimal cost-recovery fees that affiliates with tissue donation programs currently recoup. These efforts most often targeted Planned Parenthood affiliates not currently engaged in tissue donation. All of these efforts were rebuffed. We suspect, however, that this will not deter the extremists behind this campaign from editing and distorting their surreptitious videos.

We also believe there are multiple taped interactions initiated by Biomax discussing whether and how a physician could adjust an abortion if the patient has requested to donate tissue for medical research, and we believe that these extremists will manipulate those videos to make more false claims. In fact, given the scope and length of the deceptive practices perpetrated by Mr. Daleidan, and the lengths he apparently went to in order to advance his political agenda, there may well be thousands of hours of videotape that he will deceptively edit into short video clips to release for many months.

image_286So, Planned Parenthood thinks CPM has video of at least two of its conferences as well as PP staff dissecting babies for organs, expressing a preference for black babies, sniffing – if not taking – the bait on large kickbacks for baby parts, admitting (which has already happened twice) to illegally manipulating abortions to retrieve intact organs and body parts, and much, much, much more about which it has no idea.

And here’s an inkling of what else is out there. I can scarcely imagine. From RH Reality Check:

In the days since that misleading video was released, Daleiden and his surrogates have sent ricochets of alarm throughout the abortion provider community with their claims that there are more such videos to come.

Of particular concern is the apparent revelation that Daleiden and his associates managed to infiltrate deep into the abortion care world, even attending conferences that require at least two letters of recommendation before any attendee can register.

Two such conferences were held by the National Abortion Federation, the national association for abortion providers in America….

Biomax was a sponsor of both the 2014 NAF conference held in San Francisco and this year’s conference in Baltimore, according to attendees….

“Biomax had a booth that was right across from me,” recalls Heather Ault, a pro-choice artist and activist, describing the exhibition hall at the 2014 conference….

Ault is one of five attendees who have told RH Reality Check of their discomfort at learning that Daleiden and his groups infiltrated what had until now been seen as a secure space. Security is a high priority for abortion providers and pro-choice advocates, who are subject to constant threats and harassment, and whose safety - and often lives - are at risk at the hands of anti-choice terrorists….

It wasn’t just NAF conferences that Biomax attended. Planned Parenthood Federation of American [sic] today confirmed that Biomax had set up sham exhibition booths at two Planned Parenthood conferences as well….

If Daleiden’s group did record any participants of the NAF conferences in San Francisco or Baltimore, they likely committed crimes in doing so. Nevertheless, the possibility of additional footage, which will be doctored to give whatever impression Daleiden and his operatives choose, is unnerving for many providers.

“How did they get vetted?” asked Rosemary Codding, policy director for Falls Church Healthcare Center, Virginia, speaking about the NAF conference. “It requires two bona fide letters. It requires quite a lot. That has got to be disturbing to all members. It’s always been a very secure place to go.”

As I said, I can scarcely imagine what CMP has – video of speakers, workshops, and conversations at at least four abortion conferences.

Holy Cow.

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Video #2! Plus new pro-life talking points on Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

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Today, Center for Medical Progress released its second video exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal participation in aborted baby parts trafficking, as the current headline on Drudge indicates (which links to this LifeNews.com story).View the video here:

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As this investigation continues to grab more of the public attention than any investigation to date, here are key talking points:

  1. Planned Parenthood abortionist Mary Gatter (in latest video), Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California, is clearly haggling over the price of baby parts. She admits Planned Parenthood doesn’t “have to do anything” yet still gets paid, doesn’t want to “lowball,” starts out at $75/specimen and by the end of the conversation is suggesting that $100/specimen is not enough and we may have to “bump it up.” She understands that payment per-specimen is only for high-quality “tissue that you actually take, not just tissue that someone volunteers and you can’t find anything.” This is flat out profiteering on fetal tissue with no relation whatsoever to actual costs.
  2. Last week, Planned Parenthood made three key admissions (here and here): One, they harvest fetal organs; two, they receive payment in connection with this; and three, they support this all at the national level. Their only denial is that they receive any “financial benefit” or “profit,” and we are starting to see that is a lie because the so-called “reimbursement” they take in far exceeds any real or imagined costs of harvesting.
  3. Now seven eight* state and three congressional committees are investigating Planned Parenthood. PP needs to stop stalling and leveraging its name recognition into feigned innocence and if they truly have nothing to hide, cooperate fully with the investigations.

Also see CMP’s “Statement on Planned Parenthood’s refusal to produce Senior Director of Medical Services for House Committee,” particularly this key paragraph:

Roger Evans, the author of the letter, is the head of the same Litigation and Law Department that Dr. Nucatola says “really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue, right now” of harvesting fetal organs. Roger Evans gave a presentation to Planned Parenthood affiliates at their March 2015 National Meeting encouraging them to supply fetal tissue in exchange for remuneration. He has been helping Planned Parenthood evade the law on fetal tissue trafficking for over 15 years, and if Planned Parenthood is so confident they follow the law on baby parts sales, they should willingly provide the conference recording of his presentation to the three Congressional committees now investigating.

In the new video, Gatter says she hopes selling baby parts will aid her in her quest for a Lamborghini. To that point, the best tweet:

UPDATE 10:30a, new favorite tweet:

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* List of eight states investigating Planned Parenthood:

Arizona
Georgia
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana
Missouri
Ohio
Texas

BREAKING: House committee calls Planned Parenthood’s bluff

 
60673711On July 15, Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued a response to an undercover video released July 14 that showed Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, casually describing how she and other PP abortionists appear to violate several state and federal laws. PPFA denied everything.

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee called Planned Parenthood’s bluff, while at the same time asking Nucatola to explain herself, writing in a letter to PPFA’s CEO Cecile Richards:

Nucatola… is seen making certain statements about abortion procedures and fetal tissue collection and sale to tissue companies….

Dr. Nucatola’s statements raise most troubling questions with regard to your organization’s practices when performing abortions and whether those practices are consistent with federal law, including those laws restricting partial birth abortions and the sale of human fetal tissue….

Given your statement that this video falsely portrays Planned Parenthood and the questions raised by the video, we respectfully request that Dr. Nucatola provide a briefing to committee staff no later than July 31, 2015, to explain specifically the context and meaning of her statements on the video, what comments were edited or not portrayed accurately, and to provide information so that we may better understand your organization’s practices and standards relating to the collection and sale of fetal tissue….

In addition to this briefing, we respectfully request that PPFA and its affiliates preserve and retain all documents relating or referring to the collection, sale, and/or donation of fetal tissue.

Boom.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Also today, the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting that she investigate possible violations by Planned Parenthood abortionists of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban:

[Nucatola] notes [in the video] that an intact head is the hardest to deliver.  To address this problem, she says “some people will actually try to change the presentation so it’s not vertex” (so the baby is breech instead of head first).  She goes on to explain that “if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often the last, you can evacuate an intact calvarium [head] at the end.”

When discussing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban and how abortionists take the law into consideration, Nucatola goes on to say “the federal abortion ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation.  So there are some people who interpret it as intent.  So if I say on Day One I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.  Because I didn’t intend to do this on Day One so I’m complying with the law.”

Both the references to the process of breech conversion and the interpretation of intent raise serious questions about whether abortionists and particularly abortionists in the Planned Parenthood organization are complying with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

With this in mind, please provide a summary of all actions your Department has taken to ensure compliance with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Further, we urge you to act swiftly to launch an investigation into any potential violations of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of which your Department has become aware, or does become aware, including potential violations by Planned Parenthood.

I expect Lynch will try to stall. Hope the committee dogs her.

Pro-life videos special on Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

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by Hans Johnson

We were shocked on July 14 by the blockbuster release of an undercover investigative video showing Planned Parenthood executive and abortionist Dr Deborah Nucatola blithely discussing the value of keeping a baby’s organs intact during a late-term abortion. It was like a new Grimm’s Fairy Tale: “The better to harvest from you”!

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) movingly spoke for many as the news broke on the floor of the House:

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At a weekly press briefing July 16, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he’d instructed committees to investigate, but added he’d “vomit” if he had to talk specifically about the contents of the video:

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And Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was moved to tears when describing Planned Parenthood’s grisly practice of harvesting baby parts (especially from 4:15 on):

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The mainstream media was much slower to react, waiting for PP talking points to be issued, then focusing on the edited production values of the video (the norm for almost all news video) and ignoring the unedited version released at the same time.

As far as television goes, only July 15’s Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier was there a substantive report by Shannon Bream.

Bill O’Reilly followed up with an interview with David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress about the investigation:

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Then, Megyn Kelly oversaw a fiery debate between radio host Dana Loesch and Democratic advisor Robert Zimmerman:

And finally, on July 16, CBS News ran a fair, in-depth story, including a bombshell that “up to a dozen additional videos of top officials from Planned Parenthoods from across the country, which he’s gonna be releasing in the days and weeks to come”:

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State, federal investigations into Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal EXPLODE

Planned-Parenthood_crosshairsIn the wake of The Center for Medical Progress’s release on July 14 of a video (1.94 MILLION views and counting), which implicates Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates of committing several illegal activities, announcements of investigations by state and federal officials have exploded off the map.

The video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Medical Director Deborah Nucatola describing how she and other abortionists break the law several ways on their illegal quest to retrieve lucrative baby body parts.

What made Nucatola’s disclosures so shocking to sensibilities of the average citizen (noted even by the Washington Post) was the way she casually described manipulating babies during the abortion process and applying forceps in such a way as to avoid crushing lucrative organs, all while munching on a salad and sipping wine.

In just two short days governors in GeorgiaIndiana, LouisianaOhio, and Texas have all announced probes.

Meanwhile, both Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with heads of two House committees, the Energy and Commerce Committee and House Judiciary Committee, announced congressional investigations.

The Senate Judiciary Committee similarly announced ”it had written to Planned Parenthood and to the Justice Department, asking the agency about its enforcement of some anti-abortion laws,” quoting the AP.

Judiciary Committee member Senator Ted Cruz, also a Republican presidential candidate, promised an investigation of his own as head of the Justice subcommittee if an investigation by the Judiciary Committee didn’t happen.

In 2011, Rep. Cliff Stearns of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the Energy and Commerce Committee launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood for improper billing of federal funds.

While that investigation is still open, it has languished due to Stearns’ defeat in 2012, after which time no one earnestly picking up the ball to get tough with Planned Parenthood’s stonewalling.

Lots of public officials in various capacities are now picking up the ball.

Now the game has suddenly morphed into dodge ball.

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Planned Parenthood is trying to derail the convo but NO: Stay. On. Message.

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and its allies want desperately to steer the conversation away from its senior medical director, who cheerfully discussed harvesting babies’ livers over some salad and a nice chianti, to borrow a line from Hannibal Lecter.

And away from the fact the abortion giant illegally trafficks baby parts – and commits illegal partial birth abortions to do so.

Planned Parenthood wants to suck us into side debates to get away from the reality of what it does.

The conversation Planned Parenthood wants to derail us to is on the merits of embryonic stem cell and fetal tissue research. Hence, its statement yesterday:

In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different….

And, on cue, Time magazine today:

Research using fetuses has also led to medical advances, including in Parkinson’s Disease and the development of a Polio vaccine….

The American Medical Association, for instance, separates a woman’s decision to have an abortion from the decision to donate fetal tissue and argues that fetal tissue has the potential to save lives.

But NO, don’t let them separate this issue! As a conservative strategist told me today:

Planned Parenthood is going to try and keep echoing that what they do is legal and life-saving. That’s going to be PP’s message, because that’s all they’ve got to try and neutralize the damage.

So we should not get caught up in their little game.  Stay the course, on the message that showcases the video and the evil doctor eating her lunch and talking baby parts sales.

Americans United for Life has developed talking points in the form of questions to help us stay on message:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts? Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?

2015-07-15_1652Another talking point comes from of all places a bioethicist quoted by CNN, who pointed out that in the video (which has already gotten almost 1.5 MILLION views) PPFA Senior Medical Director Deborah Nucatola promoted unsafe medicine:

Caplan also was concerned about another part of the video where Nucatola talks about doctors doing abortions in which ultrasound is used to know where to grab the fetus with forceps.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, I’m not going to crush that part,” the doctor says.

Caplan told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen that altering procedures in order to get tissue in the best condition would be a “big no-no.”

“In abortion the primary goal is to give the safest abortion possible,” he said. “Your sole concern has to be the mother and her health.”

He said there’s a parallel in patient care: When someone is dying, doctors shouldn’t change how they treat the patient in order to harvest good tissue for donation after death.

Doctors should treat the patient as they normally would, and then use whatever is available after death. If a provider is considering how to get the tissue that’s in the best shape, “that’s a huge conflict of interest. … If you modify how someone dies, that’s unethical.”

What an interesting correlation: Babies being aborted and dying patients? And this crazy aside: “If you modify how someone dies, that’s unethical”? Really? There’s an unethical way to murder a baby and an ethical way?

But whatever. These people are crazy. The point is Nucatola, who teaches PPFA’s incoming abortionists, was advocating a standard of care that put the woman’s best interest second, after profit gain. And that point should also be pushed.

Stay the course!

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House cancels vote on breast cancer coin after conservatives revolt over Komen/Planned Parenthood ties

UPDATE, 1p: This afternoon the House cleared a Unanimous Consent request to amend H.R. 2722 by removing all references to Susan G. Komen.

Komen-Fndtn_Planned-ParenthoodA friend on the Hill emailed me yesterday afternoon, “Members are lined up on the House floor taking their names off of the coin bill.  This is VERY unusual.”

Indeed, as apparent fallout to the firestorm created yesterday by a video released by The Center for Medical Progress, which showed Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish participation in aborted baby parts trafficking, the relationship between breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen Foundation and the abortion giant was recalled by pro-life legislators with a vengeance.

According to CNN:

House Republican leaders canceled a vote on Tuesday on legislation that would have created a commemorative coin to raise money for breast cancer awareness, after some House conservatives raised concerns the coin sale funds would be used to support an abortion rights group at the center of a controversial new video.

The bipartisan bill directed the Treasury Department to mint a new coin and send some of the proceeds from it to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. But shortly before the vote on what many considered a non-controversial coin, several anti-abortion rights advocacy groups launched an effort to defeat the measure. They argued the Komen Foundation supports programs run by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a group that provides women’s health care, including abortion services.

Backlash to a video – circulated on Tuesday by an undercover group opposed to abortion rights – only ignited controversy on what is already a flashpoint over a social issue. The video shows a Planned Parenthood staffer seeming to discuss the sale of body parts from abortions.

“Komen has had a close connection with Planned Parenthood for a number of years and some folks hadn’t realized that,” Kansas GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp told CNN. He said several outside groups increased opposition to the bill by saying they planned to “score” the vote – a practice of keeping tabs on each member’s record on abortion-related legislation….

Heritage Action, a conservative advocacy group, sent out a “key vote” alert to members.

“The bill would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins that would funnel up to $4.75 million to Dallas-based Susan G. Komen – an organization that notoriously funds abortion giant Planned Parenthood,” the group said.

House Republicans decided to cancel the vote and revise the bill to funnel the money from the coin to another group supporting breast cancer research.

“We are working to ensure that charitable organizations which receive funding from this legislation are 100% focused on diagnosing, treating and curing breast cancer,” a senior House GOP leadership told CNN.

KormenPlannedParenthoodUnSplit_jpg_800x1000_q100Bravo! Recall Komen wimped out and reversed course in 2012 after announcing it was cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, since PP does nothing – does not own one mammogram machine – to prevent breast cancer. It only refers.

In fact, Planned Parenthood CAUSES breast cancer by prescribing cancer-inducing hormonal contraceptives and committing abortions, which also cause breast cancer.

So any money given to Komen would actually perpetuate breast cancer, not prevent or cure it.

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Planned Parenthood-endorsed brochure refutes abortion giant’s denial of profit motive for selling baby parts

plannedparenthood-550x300To begin, sorry, my blog crashed several times yesterday due to traffic. I’ve increased the bandwidth, so hopefully that won’t happen again.

Moving on, Planned Parenthood has responded to the explosive charges that it is selling aborted baby parts:

Statement from Eric Ferraro, 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, 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 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.”

But just as quickly as it scrambled to defend itself, The Center for Medical Progress (which has crashed a couple times today due to traffic) released evidence Planned Parenthood was LYING:

Planned Parenthood makes two key admissions in their statement today: 1) aborted fetal parts are harvested at their clinics, and 2) money is exchanged in connection with this. They also tell several lies: 1) That proper consent is obtained from patients, 2) That Planned Parenthood does not make money off the body parts, and 3) that everything is legal.

The Center for Medical Progress has obtained an advertisement to Planned Parenthood clinics (http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/StemExpress-flyer.pdf) from StemExpress, LLC, one of the major purchasers of Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal tissue. This flyer advertises 4 different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from supplying fetal tissue, with the words: “Financially Profitable,” “Financial Profits,” “financial benefit to your clinic,” “fiscal growth of your own clinic.” The advertisement carries an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Dorothy Furgerson.

None of this is standard across the mainstream medical field, but it is standard across Planned Parenthood’s insular and unaccountable abortion field.

I have cut and pasted the key phrases from the linked flyer:

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The brochure, made by Stem Express, appears specifically tailored for distribution to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. It includes an endorsement of the company by “Dr. Dorothy Furgerson, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.” Furgerson is Chief Medical Officer of this PP affiliate, which is in California.

2015-07-15_0714hThe brochure several times touts profits as an incentive to “partner” with Stem Express, a company that buys and sells aborted baby parts (and whose website is suddenly this morning went into “Maintenance Mode.”) – “Financially Profitable,” “fiscally rewards clinics,” “Financial Profits,” “financial benefit to your clinic,” “fiscal growth of your own clinic.” It cannot be parsed any other way than there is money to be made trafficking aborted baby parts.

And the company was wooing, at least in part, Planned Parenthood affiliates.

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