The Center for Medical Progress, the prolife group exposing Planned Parenthood’s participation in the trafficking of human organs from aborted babies, released a fifth video yesterday. The fifth video focuses on discussions with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Director of Research Melissa Farrell.
Over lunch and back at Planned Parenthood’s Gulf Coast offices, Farrell discusses her work procuring human fetal organs and other specimens and helps the journalists posing as human fetal organ purchasers look at the organs that could have been procured from an 18-week-old aborted human fetus. That portion of the video shows technicians sifting through a casserole dish filled with identifiable baby parts, including lungs and surprisingly large limbs (images of which will only be shown at the end of this post).
For reasons only they can explain, many in the media failed to inform readers and viewers about the video, much less what was in it. Here are just a few of the important takeaways from the fifth video.
Intact Fetal Cadavers
Whereas previous videos featured Planned Parenthood employees speaking in great detail about how to alter abortion procedures to kill the unborn child but preserve her organs, this video also discusses how Planned Parenthood abortionists are able to alter abortion procedures to deliver fully intact fetal cadavers to biologics purchasers.
“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”
The Sky’s The Limit On Cost Reimbursement
One talking point made repeatedly by Planned Parenthood leaders and their crisis communications firms is that Planned Parenthood isn’t profiting off of the sale of organs from human fetuses. But Planned Parenthood is officially considered a non-profit so by definition it can’t profit from their sale, no matter how much money they’re sold for. It just means that the sales have to go back into the organization’s coffers instead of shareholders. (For perspective, the NFL only announced in April of this year that it would relinquish its non-profit status.)
Cecile Richards had previously said the following in her interview with George Stephanopoulos:
STEPHANOPOULOS: — “The Washington Post” columnist, Michael Gerson, has pointed out that charging a fee for this — for this material doesn’t…
RICHARDS: It’s not a fee. It’s not a fee. It’s actually just the cost of transmitting this material to research institutes. (INAUDIBLE)…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But that does improve the finances of the clinic, doesn’t it?
RICHARDS: Absolutely not. Absolutely not.
Compare that with what Farrell said about her role as research director at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to a buyer discussing financial benefits to the clinic:
Buyer: But the financial gain, and to your staff, just knowing this is, this is–
Farrell: I think everyone realizes especially because my department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization.
The other fascinating thing about the interview is how dogged Farrell is about calculating costs. While Planned Parenthood had given the impression that their human fetus organ harvesting regime was acceptable on the grounds that it only took a tiny bit of reimbursement for shipping and storage, Farrell shows that she budgets for all “administrative” costs. Contrary to other Planned Parenthood videos that featured employees saying there was very little work involved in human fetal tissue donation, Farrell suggests to the buyers that they’ll have to pony up for everything from what she claims is a half-hour administrative process to get women to consent to the donation to any additional time abortionists spend on the abortion procedure they’ve altered to procure the organs.
Or as Farrell put it, after explaining her love for and background in accounting:
PP: In terms of areas that I can contribute to the organization both locally and nationally is diversification of the revenue stream.
In other words, Planned Parenthood’s Farrell is highlighting how she can bring in more money by splitting a baby into multiple shipments. Here’s more:
Let’s revisit what Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president, had said when Stephanopoulos explicitly asked her whether abortionists ever alter their procedures.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So but when these doctors are talking about it — and this gets graphic, but they’re talking about less crunchy ways to perform these abortions, so that the organs can be preserved, what’s happening there?
Are they just lying? …
STEPHANOPOULOS: As long as the procedure is never altered. And you’re — you’re stating…
STEPHANOPOULOS: — stating that unequivocally?
RICHARDS: That’s right.
But remember that exchange mentioned earlier?:
PP Farrell: Mhm, mhm. Yeah. And so if we alter our process—
PP Farrell: And we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this, that’s, it’s all just a matter of line items.
They’re not only talking about how to alter the process but how to charge for the alteration as well.
That’s significant because federal law says that when engaged in human fetal organ harvesting, “no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue.”
But I thought Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast denied even doing human fetal organ harvesting
It was only last week that Planned Parenthood claimed they weren’t even involved in the human fetal organ harvesting trade. And perhaps they’ve taken a brief break from the practice. This video, according to its makers, was recorded in April of this year. The full transcript discusses a history of fetal organ harvesting and sales and a desire to participate presently.
While the media have reflexively accepted claims made by Planned Parenthood, such as those offered by Cecile Richards in her interview with Stephanopoulos and those offered in slick pink public relations campaigns, there’s a pattern of deception that the media can’t ignore. Perhaps Farrell’s most interesting contribution to the debate thus far was to explicitly rebut each of the claims made by Richards thus far.
Abortionist Conflict Of Interest?
Sometimes the abortionists, the organ harvesters, and the ultimate recipient of the baby parts are the same person. This from a discussion about how Farrell knows alteration of abortion procedures is possible:
PP: Right. And that’s something we’ll have to discuss with our doctors and see how they could do it. Because some of our doctors have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way they can get the best specimens. So I know it can happen—
Buyer: The doctors were doing research?
PP: Yeah, mhm.
National Planned Parenthood Officials Encourage Human Fetal Harvesting
When Stephanopoulous asked Richards if she knew how many clinics harvest tissue and how much money they receive, she downplayed the issue.
RICHARDS: Very few. I mean it’s only a handful of states and what — where fetal tissue donation is — is happening…
STEPHANOPOULOS: When you very few, what are we talking about?
RICHARDS: Less than five. Less than five.
But the fifth video shows that Planned Parenthood is in fact encouraging affiliates to increase their participation in human fetal tissue procurement:
The video features some of the most gruesome footage yet, this time of the shredded remains of a baby around 18 weeks old.
One of the most poignant tweets using the footage showed the severed limb of the baby, with her hand held up by the technician picking it up:
Below are more disturbing screen caps: