On July 14, the Center for Medical Progress began releasing a series of videos about the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. Reporting for the video project was done undercover and took place over the course of several years. The videos feature executives and staffers at Planned Parenthood and affiliated businesses discussing and demonstrating human organ harvesting and the fetal body part trade. Some of the discussions and footage taken inside abortion clinics is quite graphic.
The journalism project immediately went viral, with millions of people watching the videos. But the media have largely struggled to even mention the videos and what they show. When presidential candidate Carly Fiorina mentioned the videos during the 2nd GOP presidential debate, the media claimed to have no idea what she was talking about. The weak media coverage has left many Americans in the dark about the content of the videos. And sloppy reporting has led to misinformation about the videos.
Here’s a quick and easy guide to the 10 videos that have been released thus far and what they show.
1) Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts
This 9-minute-video with more than 3 million views on YouTube features Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, munching on a salad and sipping wine while she admits to altering abortion procedures in such a way that baby body parts can later be sold to human organ buyers. Laws prohibit altering abortion procedures for organ procurement.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part,” Nucatola tells actors posing as organ traffickers. “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
See also: Full footage of the 3-hour meeting. Flyer from Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress, which purchases aborted baby parts, promising clinics “financial profits,” “financial benefits,” and “fiscal rewards.” An official from Planned Parenthood is directly quoted in the advertisement praising StemExpress.
2) Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods
This video features Dr. Mary Gatter, who at the time the video was filmed was serving as the president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors Council. In this video, she haggles over the payment for human body parts from aborted fetuses. While negotiating a price, she says she doesn’t want to be the first person to name a price, because “the person who throws out the figure first is at a loss.”
“What would you expect for intact tissue?” the undercover journalist asks.
“Why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying?” Gatter replies.
At the end of the video, she jokes that she’d like to get a Lamborghini out of the deal. Planned Parenthood, contra the video, claims to only recoup fixed costs in sale of human organs. They’ve never explained why negotiations would be taking place if that were true. Gatter also defends the practice of altering abortion procedures to procure intact organs.
See also: Full footage of the meeting.
3) Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts
This video features Holly O’Donnell, a former StemExpress technician who harvested the parts from the aborted babies at a Planned Parenthood clinic. This is the first video to really explore how the organs are procured.
“We were asked to procure certain tissues like brain, livers, thymus, pancreas, heart, lungs, and pretty much anything on the fetus. It’s basically a huge trafficking of fetal tissues,” she explained. “StemExpress is a company that hires procurement techs to draw blood and dissect dead fetuses and sell the parts to researchers.”
The video also features Dr. Savita Ginde, Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, talking about how to get the most money out of an aborted 11-week old.
4) Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen
This video features Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains VP & Medical Director Savita Ginde discussing the practice of procuring baby parts as well as how to avoid media scrutiny of their organ harvesting.
Toward the end of the video, the cameras get inside the abortion clinic’s pathological laboratory. Medical assistants are heard and seen cracking skulls, and extracting brains. “Here’s some organs for you,” a Planned Parenthood employee said. “Here’s a stomach, kidney, heart.” A medical assistant exclaims: “And another boy!”
5) Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center
This video features Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Research Director Melissa Farrell trying to negotiate a business agreement with investigators posing as organ buyers. She also tells them that some abortionists harvest body parts for their own research. They discuss how they could defend increased payments for more valuable organs even though the law only permits payment for costs. “It’s all just a matter of line items,” she says.
This video also features employees of a Gulf Coast clinic pulling a 20-week-old twin baby out of the freezer, and graphically sifting through second trimester body parts. An employee holds up a liver and lungs as the technician gushes over how intact the organs are. A large severed limb is also pulled out of the dish where the other mangled remains lay. It is in this section of the video that we hear about the Planned Parenthood Federation’s encouragement of fetal organ harvesting.
6) Human Capital – Episode 2: Inside the Planned Parenthood Supply Site
This video once again features former StemExpress procurement technician Holly O’Donnell. O’Donnell worked in Planned Parenthood clinics in California. In this video she explains how the procurement works and the cooperation between Planned Parenthood and Stem Express. Planned Parenthood provides the organ buyers with a list of what operations are being performed. Women are supposed to give consent for donating the body parts of their children. But, O’Donnell says, their organs were regularly harvested without the informed consent of the mothers.
“There were times they would just take what they wanted,” said Holly O’Donnell, a former StemExpress procurement technician. “And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
O’Donnell talks about one doctor who seemed to enjoy aborting children and who rushed through procedures. We also learn how the dead baby parts are shipped.
7) Human Capital – Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product
This is the video that the media claim doesn’t exist. It’s absolutely horrifying. It combines clips from previous videos we’ve already seen, such as some of the statements of Planned Parenthood officials, with the claims of others in the baby organ procurement business. But the centerpiece is the first-person testimony of O’Donnell explaining how a late-term baby boy was aborted, how she didn’t know if he was technically alive or not since the heart was beating. She says she harvested his brain by cutting his head open beginning at the chin. She describes how afterwards she had difficulty shoving him into a container because he was so big. She says it was the hardest experience she ever had. O’Donnell describes harvesting the boy’s body parts with her colleague:
“… its nose was very pronounced, it had eyelids, and its mouth was pronounced. And then since the fetus was still intact, she said, ‘okay, well, this is a really good fetus, and it looks like we can procure a lot from it. We’re going to procure brains.’”
While she’s talking about this, footage of another aborted later-term baby kicking his legs in a dish is shown. Later we see a picture of yet another boy who was born premature and died in his parents’ arms.
8) Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Buyer StemExpress Wants “Another 50 Livers/Week”
This video features Planned Parenthood organ buyer StemExpress’s CEO Cate Dyer talking about “consistent growth” in the industry. She says, “Planned Parenthood has volume because they’re a volume institution.” Asked what would make her happy, she says “another 50 livers a week.” She says they work with almost triple digit numbers of clinics. They discuss intact cases, though the company later claimed it was just referring to intact organs, not entire bodies.
Dyer also discusses the lack of sanitary conditions at some clinics, which makes it difficult to get human organs that are not contaminated.
“I’ve seen really rampant, rampant problems with bacteria in certain clinics,” Dyer said. “I’ve seen staph come out of clinics. I mean, I’ve seen all sorts of things come out of clinics.”
9) Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Vendor ABR Pays Off Clinics, Intact Fetuses “Just Fell Out”
This video features Perrin Larton, the procurement director for Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), a California-based non-profit organ middleman. She tells an undercover journalist that pro-lifers are making business difficult for baby organ traffickers.
Larton notes that while there have been federal limits on embryonic stem cell lines, taxpayer-funded research on aborted baby parts has gone on for decades.
“Fetal got lost in the mix,” she said. She said that they sent fetal tissue to the National Institutes of Health even though the tissue was gleaned from abortion.
This video features graphic discussions of how abortionists shred body parts and tear the baby apart in the womb.
10) Top Planned Parenthood Exec: Baby Parts Sales “A Valid Exchange,” Can Make “A Fair Amount of Income”
Though this video featuring discussions with a wide range of Planned Parenthood executives isn’t graphic, it is in some ways the most troublesome for Planned Parenthood. That’s because this video shows that Planned Parenthood encourages the fetal organ trade at the very highest levels. They discuss how exchanging money for tissue is valid. Deb VanDerhei, the national director of the Consortium of Planned Parenthood Abortion Providers claims that some colleagues generate a great deal of income on the sale of human organs from aborted babies. Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, senior medical advisor for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, doesn’t shy away from specific discussions of the human organ trade, specifying which human organs buyers are interested in, such as eyes, brains and gonads. “Certainly everything we provide,” she says.
Dr. Vanessa Cullins, VP for external medical affairs for Planned Parenthood, shares her worry that exposure of Planned Parenthood’s participation in human organ harvesting could destroy it. VanDerhei talks about how the entire industry is trying to figure out how to handle payment for unborn baby parts, as it would be a public relations disaster if it came out what Planned Parenthood was selling. Both VanDerhei and Nucatola talk about how the lack of formal guidelines is intentional. They talk about avoiding a paper trail by not discussing things over email. Executives worry about congressional oversight and how that would affect their business. To sum up, Planned Parenthood clearly sells human organs (that is, exchanges them for money), this discussion goes well beyond cost recuperation, they are terrified of media scrutiny of their human organ harvesting trade, and they are terrified of congressional interest in human organ harvesting from aborted children.
See also: Important takeaways.