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This undercover video was recorded by the non-profit organization Center for Medical Progress. It shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola talking about Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal parts business. Nucatola is the Senior Director of Medical services.
The footage shows her having lunch with actors posing as buyers.
“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 explains while taking sips of her wine.
She ensures that abortion procedures are modified so that requested body parts, which she calls “tissue,” can stay intact.
However, federal law actually prohibits the sale of human body parts. Yes, even those of aborted babies.The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
And Nucatola knows this, noting how, “At the national office, we have a Litigation and Law Department which just really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue right now.”
Needless to say, once the video was released this morning, it didn’t take very long for Eric Ferraro, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to make a statement:
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.