A fourth undercover video by The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), released today, appears to show a senior physician-executive of an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) casually discussing the harvesting and trafficking of body parts from unborn children killed by abortion. National Right to Life calls the Planned Parenthood doctor’s remarks “sickening and deplorable.”
“The chirpy nonchalance with which these Planned Parenthood executives talk about dismembering and pricing unborn children is both sickening and deplorable,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president.
One segment contains footage apparently taken at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, and shows a conversation between two investigators posing as representatives of an organ-vending firm, and a woman identified by CMP as Dr. Savita Ginde, the clinic’s vice president and medical director.
In the video, Ginde says that most of the second-trimester abortions they perform are “D&Es,” a dismemberment method that usually does not produce “intact” specimens, but she suggests that the abortionists perhaps could be trained to perform D&Es in ways “to make sure they didn’t crush . . . to see if we could do a little work with them to maybe be a little more gentle,” in order to preserve the desired organs in good condition. Ginde notes, “I know I’ve seen livers, I’ve seen stomachs, I’ve seen plenty of neural tissue. Usually you can see the whole brain come out.”
Near the end of the video segment, after carefully picking through the parts of a 12-week abortion victim, a medical assistant happily chirps: “And another boy!” Perhaps she thought that the identifying body part would bring a premium price from the organ vendors.
In several passages Dr. Ginde appears to be acting on a belief that some of the activities under discussion are problematic from a legal standpoint or with respect to public relations, or both. For example, she advises those who she thinks represent an organ-vending firm, “Because if you have someone in a really anti-[abortion] state that is going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.”
This latest video underscores the need for passage of legislation to cut off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on such a bill, S. 1881, introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), with numerous cosponsors and the strong backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“Senator Ernst’s bill would push the snout of Planned Parenthood, a bloated abortion mega-marketer and a fetal organ trafficker, out of the U.S. Treasury feeding trough,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life.
The bill states, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics.” The bill also contains language to provide that “all funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be made available to other eligible entities to provide women’s health care services.” In other words, any funds removed from Planned Parenthood would be reallocated to women’s health services provided by others (but such funds cannot be used for elective abortions).
PPFA is the nation’s largest provider of abortions – about one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at PPFA-affiliated facilities. PPFA also receives at least $528 million annually from the federal government or other levels of government.
“As abortionists reassemble dead babies on a table, they can try to couch their actions in compassion, but they can’t mask this truth: they package violence as compassion and market it as ‘helping women’,” Tobias added.