Americans are outraged and calling for legal investigations because of an undercover video of a high-ranking Planned Parenthood doctor talking about selling body parts of unborn babies who have been aborted in their clinics.
The Center for Medical Progress shot the video last July. It has two undercover actors posing as employees of a biotech company having lunch with Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research.
It is illegal to sell the body parts of unborn babies who have been aborted. When the video surfaced, officials from Planned Parenthood said the allegations were “untrue.” Their excuse was that Nucatola was talking about donations to researchers, even though she mentioned price ranges ($30-$100) and talked about the monetary value of hearts, lungs, livers and legs. She described how they commit abortions without crushing certain organs that have more dollar value.
“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 says on the video.
When asked about specific body parts for sale, on the video Nucatola says, “I would say a lot of other 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. We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that so I’m not going to crush that part. I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above and I’m going to see if I can get it all intact.
“At the national office we have a litigation and law department which just really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for the issue right now. But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates.”
Republican candidates for president expressed disgust for the organization and called for federal investigations.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, “It is because of stories like this that I signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state of Texas – to protect human life and the health and safety of Texans.”
Dr. Ben Carson said, “I’m urging #Congress to eliminate every last dime of #PlannedParenthood funding.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said, “I have pledged to defund #PlannedParenthood.”
U.S. Sen. Dr. Rand Paul said, “Planned Parenthood must be defunded after the horror revealed today.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “The latest Planned Parenthood video is disgusting. I’ll fight to defend the unborn.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said, “This is absolutely horrifying and disgusting. Planned Parenthood and the Democrats who vote to fund this organization owe the American people an explanation for these heinous, and possibly illegal, actions.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said, “Congress should investigate and defund Planned Parenthood.”
President Obama is a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, which gets millions of dollars from federal grants. He once said, they “do God’s work.”
“It is stomach-churning to hear a top doctor for the national Planned Parenthood organization admit, on videotape, that Planned Parenthood abortionists can and will alter late abortion procedures to facilitate the harvesting of intact baby body parts – she specifically mentioned hearts, lungs, livers, even intact heads — in order to fill specific pre-orders,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “Numerous statements by Dr. Nucatola cry out for probes by Congress and other investigatory agencies — and quickly.”