On July 14, 2015, the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances, released the first in a series of investigative videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby body parts.
Young investigative journalists from CMP spent three years researching Planned Parenthood and interviewing high-ranking staff and administrators at various clinics to uncover the scandal. As shocking as the Planned Parenthood scandal is, it’s important for your teen to understand some key points of the issue and to learn how we can use this to rebuild the culture of life in our country. Here are a few talking points to discuss this issue with your teens:
1. Selling baby body parts is not just shocking, it’s illegal.
It is a felony to sell human organs and tissue for profit. Human body parts can be donated, and the facility that obtains the parts and prepares them for shipping can recover costs, but it cannot make a profit.
Planned Parenthood, however, leaves the collecting, storing, and shipping of baby body parts to employees from biotech companies, as CMP showed in the first episode of Human Capital. Planned Parenthood essentially does nothing, yet receives payment, upwards of $50 per specimen.
In the first investigative video by CMP, Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually describes the process of obtaining the specimens as well as how much money she expects to be paid. While Planned Parenthood claims that its abortion clients “donate” the aborted baby parts with full consent, that does not explain how Planned Parenthood sells the specimens for profit.
Under the current circumstances, Planned Parenthood’s suggestion that the expectant mother having the abortion has signed an agreement to donate her baby’s body parts to science seems dubious. But, as Dr. Nucatola says in the video, “And, at the end of the day, it is all just sitting there, it’s all just going to be wasted otherwise.
That’s what it is, it’s a waste. It’s a complete and total waste.” Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to see the bodies of aborted babies go to waste when they can use them to make a profit using the aborted baby’s body parts.
Not only does Planned Parenthood sell baby body parts, but it also implements illegal tactics to do so. Dr. Nucatola explains to the undercover investigators in the video that abortionists change the abortion procedure in order to obtain certain types of specimens intact.
In the video, Dr. Nucatola explains her technique for obtaining specimens: “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.”
One procedure that Dr. Nucatola describes as being used some of the time (delivering the body cavity first) is a partial birth abortion, which is banned in the United States. Abortionists are prohibited by law from changing the abortion procedure in any way to obtain specific parts. Yet, this is what Planned Parenthood does.
2. It’s not about helping women. It’s about the money.
The second video by CMP interviews Dr. Mary Gatter, president of PPFA Medical Directors’ Council. Dr. Gatter is seen haggling over prices with the investigators posing as buyers. After the buyer assures her that the company will give a fair price, Dr. Gatter settles on a price of $100 per specimen, but then says she will ask what the other affiliates in California are charging so that she knows that she is getting a fair price.
Jokingly, Dr. Gatter leans toward the person next to her and says that she wants to buy a Lamborghini. Despite denials from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, the clinics are receiving some financial benefits from the sale of fetal tissue, as evidenced by the conversation with Dr. Gatter. Cecile Richards claims that the fees associated with storing and transporting the tissue are just to cover costs, but as the Human Capital investigation shows, the tissue procurement companies themselves foot the bill for collecting the tissue, not Planned Parenthood. Receiving money for not doing anything is called making a profit.
The third video in the investigation calculates that every abortion and fetal tissue specimen retrieval puts $800, or more, into Planned Parenthood’s pocket. Raking in that kind of money from the illegal sale of baby parts is not acceptable! Nor is it acceptable to receive taxpayer dollars for alleged nonprofit work.
3. It’s not just for “research”
One of the more disturbing aspects of the fetal tissue harvesting done by abortion clinics is the fact that the specimens are not just being used in scientific research. Some food and cosmetic companies have started using fetal tissue cell lines to help them develop commercial products such as soda and face cream.
It is bad enough that companies see the bodies of aborted babies as biomedical waste, but it is even worse that some food and cosmetic companies have begun using cells lines developed from aborted fetuses to test and create artificial flavor enhancers and anti-aging creams.
4. Now is the time to defund Planned Parenthood.
Scandal is not new to Planned Parenthood. Organizations like STOPP International, Operation Rescue, and Live Action are devoted to exposing the many times Planned Parenthood has stepped over the line. Planned Parenthood has been involved in the baby parts business for over 15 years.
Yet despite all the evidence against this organization, Planned Parenthood always manages to keep government funding and avoid public scrutiny under the pretense that it is protecting women’s health. In the most recent scandal, however, the evidence is overwhelmingly against PP. Planned Parenthood has been caught red-handed on camera selling aborted baby body parts to research companies.
The evidence found by investigative reporters at the Center for Medical Progress suggests that this is not an isolated scandal, but rather involves many top-ranking Planned Parenthood executives. The public is justifiably shocked and outraged. The pro-life community needs to stand together and make sure that no more of our tax dollars go to fund abortions or other horrific practices.
5. Major media ignores the scandal, but you shouldn’t.
It comes as no surprise that many major media companies are completely ignoring the Planned Parenthood scandal, or instead focus on persecuting and discrediting the investigator. Planned Parenthood officials tried to discredit the investigative videos by claiming that they were heavily edited, even though the Center for Medical Progress simultaneously released transcripts and full-length footage of the videos from the beginning.
CMP isn’t hiding anything. Its research is posted on the Internet for the entire world to see. Cecil the lion got more news coverage than the Planned Parenthood scandal, despite the disturbing videos released from CMP. We need to spread the truth about Planned Parenthood.
This is not the time to sit back and wait for other people to change the world. Change starts with you. Let your voice be heard. You and millions of other Americans are shocked and sickened by Planned Parenthood’s actions.
Here are several things you and your teens can do to become well-informed life defenders and help spread the truth about this issue:
- Share the Center for Medical Progress video series on all your social networks. CMP will continue posting videos through September. Share or repost memes on social media that expose Planned Parenthood, or make your own memes based on the videos. Share the truth without being antagonistic.
- Like the Center for Medical Progress Facebook page and tell its staff members what an awesome job they’re doing. They are going to be under major attack in the coming weeks, so any encouragement will help them stay strong in their mission.
- Don’t be afraid to bring up the scandal with friends, using the points in this article. Because of the lame coverage by the major networks, some people may not be aware of the full facts of the case.
- Go to STOPP International’s website to find out how to rid your area schools of Planned Parenthood’s vile programs which are leading young people astray and desensitizing them to the horror of abortion. Read this article on the site for specific steps you can take.
- Pray. This is a critical time in the pro-life movement. We can’t defeat Planned Parenthood without God’s help.
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