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There are some things that chill me to my core. There are some things that fill me with a bright, seething anger. Very few things, ever, induce those same effects, simultaneously.

This. This does.

An organization called the Center for Medical Progress recently made waves when it released a video of two of their actors, posing as buyers for a tissue procurement company, as they ate lunch with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In a casual tone, Dr. Nucatola discussed the common practice of crushing unborn fetuses in just such a way as to better preserve the valuable tissue and organs inside the child. In between bites of salad and sips of wine, she described the procedure and the varying demand for certain organs in clinical detail.  Dr. Nucatola spoke as if she were describing a simple service she provided. In this case, the service of harvesting tissue and organs from a human fetus, and reserving those items to later sell to various procurement companies. She also lobbied for her own organization, saying that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America will simply provide more of what the buyers want than smaller, less active clinics. I feel the compulsion to repeat the following fact, as it manages to strain against my already jaded expectations - the buyers in this instance want to purchase tissue and organs harvested from the dismembered bodies of humans in utero.

Here's an excerpt from the transcript:

Dr. Nucatola: 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. It just has to do with space issues, are you sending someone there who’s going to be doing everything, is there shipping involved, is somebody gonna have to take it out. You know, I think everybody just wants, it’s really just about if anyone were ever to ask them, “What do you do for this $60? How can you justify that? Or are you basically just doing something completely egregious, that you should be doing for free.” So it just needs to be justifiable.
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Buyer: “We need liver and we prefer, you know, an actual liver, not a bunch of shredded up—”

Dr. Nucatola: “Piece of liver.”

Buyer: “Yeah. Or especially brain is where it’s actually a big issue, hemispheres need to be intact, it’s a big deal with neural tissue and the progenitors, because those are particularly fragile. If you’ve got that in the back of your mind, if you’re aware of that, technically, how much of a difference can that actually make if you know kind of what’s expected or what we need, versus—”

Dr. Nucatola: “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. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is the calvarium, the head is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact. It’s very rare to have a patient that doesn’t have enough dilation to evacuate all the other parts intact.

Buyer: “To bring the body cavity out intact and all that?”

Dr. Nucatola: “Exactly. So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex, because when it’s vertex presentation, you never have enough dilation at the beginning of the case, unless you have real, huge amount of dilation to deliver an intact calvarium. So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end. So I mean there are certainly steps that can be taken to try to ensure—”

Buyer: “So they can convert to breach, for example, at the start of the—”

Dr. Nucatola: “Exactly, exactly. Under ultrasound guidance, they can just change the
presentation.”

If you have the stomach, I’d suggest you review the video and the transcript yourself.

Already, the search engines are littered with attempts to explain, justify, and dissemble the facts that were revealed in the video.

“The video is a lie. The perpetrators acted in bad faith,” says the New York Times, editorial board.

We do not care. Are they harvesting the tissue and organs or are they not?

“But they’re wrong,” says NPR, “Planned Parenthood isn’t doing anything illegal. Those were donations!”

We do not care. Are they harvesting the tissue and organs or are they not?

The Washington Post chimes in, “But all this talk of Planned Parenthood is hurting our veterans and their children!”

We do not care. Are they harvesting the tissue and organs (of children) or are they not?

“Ah, but you see,” says Planned Parenthood, “We always obey the law. Each and every sumptuous morsel that we harvest is signed over to us by the willing mothers. We don’t even make money on it. It’s all just a public service.”

Let’s make something clear, because the media and Planned Parenthood seem to misunderstand.

We do not care if it is legal.

We do not care if it is non-profit.

We do not care if you wear pink while you do it.

We do not care.

Are you harvesting the tissue and organs or are you not?

Those who produced the video released both an edited version and the full, uncut video, so any claims that the group is simply trying to hide the truth are unfounded. Anyone with the inclination can watch or read the transcript themselves. This has nothing to do with some fine points of law or protocol being violated. For us, this has everything to do with the use of human tissue which has been harvested from victims who have no ability to give consent, resist, or protest. These victims are killed during the process which yields these precious commodities of flesh. These victims are, simply, murdered. That is what we are concerned with. They can keep their rationalizations.