WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, issued the following statement in response to a release today, by a group called The Center for Medical Progress, of a hidden-camera video purporting to show remarks by Deborah Nucatola, senior director for medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). The following statement may be attributed to National Right to Life President Carol Tobias:
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. Numerous statements by Dr. Nucatola cry out for probes by Congress and other investigatory agencies – and quickly.
For example, Dr. Nucatola specifically describes abortionists manipulating unborn children in order to remove them feet first, to facilitate obtaining an intact head, apparently to preserve an intact brain. This statement and others raise a host of ethical questions, including whether pregnant women are being given detailed information in advance about exactly what is going to be done to them and their babies.
Planned Parenthood’s political arm is a major backer of many Democratic members of Congress. Lawmakers who have enjoyed Planned Parenthood’s backing should now be asked whether they will continue to oppose pending legislation to restrict the abortion of pain-capable unborn children after 20 weeks fetal age, as Planned Parenthood insists – and if so, whether they are motivated in any degree by a desire to preserve Planned Parenthood’s ability to deliver intact, well-developed baby body parts to order.
According to reference sources available on the Internet, Dr. Nucatola has served as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America senior medical services director since 2009. In The Center for Medical Progress video, Dr. Nucatola boasts that she is “the medical director for the national office – for all the affiliates.”