*Update* Tuesday 7pm EST
The activists who posted the video claimed the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms.
Planned Parenthood said on Tuesday a secretly recorded video that surfaced on the Internet falsely portrayed the reproductive health group’s participation in the sale of tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses, according to NY Times.
The non-profit organization said the video had been heavily edited and recorded by a group that was established to damage its reputation. It said in a statement the video “falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.”
A shocking new video claims to present undercover footage proving that some Planned Parenthood’s affiliates use partial birth abortions to sell fetal parts.
A video titled, “Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts,” was posted to Youtube by the Center for Medical Progress, which is a group concerned with medical ethics.
The video shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, describing how some doctors carefully conduct abortions that leave fetal body parts in tact.
Nucatola reportedly made these comments on July 25, 2014, to actors whom she believed were actual representatives and buyers from a human biologics company.
The comments appear to recount a process through which some abortion doctors purportedly carefully conduct procedures in an effort to keep specific fetal body parts in tact.
“Every provider has had patients who want to donate their tissue and they absolutely want to accommodate them. They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as, ‘This clinic is selling tissue, this clinic is making money off of this,’” she said in the clip.
“You know, I would throw a number out, I would say it’s probably anywhere from $30 to $100 [per specimen], depending on the facility and what’s involved.”
Nucatola is seen eating a meal along with the actors as she discusses which parts of unborn fetuses she would avoid “crushing” if she knows that they are needed to be kept in tact. Knowing specifics, the doctor said, makes all the difference.
“It makes a huge difference. I’d say a lot of 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,” she said. “The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium — the head — is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out in tact”
Nucatola continued, “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.”
In another clip presented in the Center for Medical Progress video, Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, is seen praising Nucatola as “amazing.”
President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law banning the practice of selling fetal tissue back in 1988.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on Tuesday he’s directed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to investigate Planned Parenthood activities in the state after a video surfaced that claims the organization is selling fetal body parts.