Inhuman Friday, 07 August 2015

On July 14, the Center for Medical Progress released its first of (so far) four horrific undercover videos of high level Planned Parenthood employees discussing the harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies.  The organization has posted its already-released videos on its website (www.centerformedicalprogress.org) and promises many more similar videos in the coming weeks.

Planned Parenthood operates our nation’s largest chain of abortion centers. In its 2013-14 annual report, Planned Parenthood reported performing 327,653 abortions, roughly one-third of all abortions committed in the United States in one year. In Nebraska, more than 60 percent of abortions take place at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland abortion centers in Lincoln and Omaha.

Over the last several years, undercover videos have revealed Planned Parenthood affiliates covering up sexual abuse of minors, aiding and abetting sex traffickers, facilitating race and sex-based abortions (see: www.liveaction.org). And now, these new videos show that Planned Parenthood affiliates are harvesting and selling aborted baby organs and tissue.

As summarized in a LifeNews.com story, “the first video of undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.”

Nucatola is recorded saying: “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.... And with the calvarium [i.e. head], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex,” she continues. “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.”

“In the second video,” LifeNews.com continues, “Planned Parenthood doctor Maru Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable.” She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby with a “less crunchy technique” that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.

The third and fourth videos feature a Planned Parenthood vice president negotiating the sale of aborted babies and attempting to get as much money as possible from the deal. Dr. Savita Ginde is recorded saying, “We’d have to do a little bit of training with the providers or something to make sure that they don’t crush” fetal organs during second-trimester abortions.

These last two videos are most disturbing, as they show Planned Parenthood workers sorting through and identifying body parts from an aborted baby. At one point, a Planned Parenthood medical assistant announces: “Another boy!”

Three U.S. Congressional committees and 10 states are investigating Planned Parenthood’s involvement with the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies, to determine if they are illegally selling them. The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000. Additionally, bills have been introduced in both Houses of Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives $500 million annually in taxpayer funding.

Regardless of the outcome of these investigations and legislative actions, what should be evident to anyone who watches these videos is the cold, callous, inhuman attitude of the Planned Parenthood workers toward unborn human life. This attitude is the inevitable result when human beings are dehumanized and destroyed at will.

Abortion is clearly the sort of evil that will require prayer and fasting to expel from our society. We should pray for the conversions of those who commit or promote abortions. We should also demand of our elected officials deny Planned Parenthood and anyone who commits abortions our tax dollars.

Finally, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Pro Life Committee said, “If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance though the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit www.projectrachel.com.”