7th Planned Parenthood Video Exposes Illegal Partial-Birth Abortion Activity
The Stream's Rachel Alexander looks at the legal aspects of this latest, disturbing look at Planned Parenthood's operations.
So far, the undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress have revealed that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the sale of fetal body parts, a felony. Now, there is substantial evidence the abortion provider is manipulating its procedures and performing illegal partial-birth abortions in order to ensure the fetuses come out intact for sale.
Due to the illegal profit incentive, Planned Parenthood stands to make much more money from delivering intact, whole fetuses. The new video released Wednesday shows Planned Parenthood leadership and its affiliates explaining precisely how they modify the process to get these intact fetuses — it doesn’t get much more incriminating than that.
Warning: This video contains disturbing testimony and imagery.
Perrin Larton, Procurement Manager for Advanced BioScience Resources, says on the video, “I literally have had women come in and go in the OR [operating room] and they’re back out in three minutes. And so I thought, ‘What’s going on?’ Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal whenever we put her in the stirrups it just fell out.” In other words, they didn’t need to perform the abortion: the baby was already in the process of being naturally born.
This seems to go beyond even partial-birth abortion, which is described as “a procedure in which the abortionist pulls a living baby feet-first out of the womb and into the birth canal (vagina), except for the head, which the abortionist purposely keeps lodged just inside the cervix (the opening to the womb).” It is punishable by a fine or imprisonment up to two years under federal law, and the states have made it a felony.
Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for StemExpress who has bravely come out as a whistleblower, heartbreakingly tells how another technician showed her a newly aborted fetus, whose heart started beating when she tapped it. This too, sounds like partial-birth abortion, in which a fetus is born alive and killed on the cusp, to create a distinction without a difference between “abortion” and infanticide.
National Right to Life explains how this also constitutes partial-birth abortion:
Under state laws, a “live birth” occurs when a baby is entirely expelled from the mother and shows any signs of life, however briefly — regardless of whether the baby is “viable,” i.e., developed enough to be sustained outside the womb with neo-natal medical assistance. Even at 4½ months (20 weeks), perinatologists say that if a baby is expelled or removed completely from the uterus, she will usually gasp for breath and sometimes survive for hours, even though lung development is usually insufficient to permit successful sustained respiration until 23 weeks. Thus, the term “partial-birth” is perfectly descriptive.
Melissa Farrell, Director of Research, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admits in the video that Planned Parenthood is altering their abortion procedures to increase the likelihood of getting intact fetuses, “Yeah, and so if we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this — it’s all just a matter of line items.”
This violates the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act of 1993, which prohibits abortion doctors from altering procedures or timing in cases where a fetus is to be used later for medical research.
Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood further expounds on how they deliberately change the procedure, saying they will remove the baby by breech (feet first) in order to deliver the head intact.
Nucatola admits that some abortion doctors inject digoxin into the fetus (which gives them a heart attack) before performing the abortion, because they are worried they might end up delivering a live fetus and committing partial-birth abortion. Notably, she admits that only some of the doctors bother to do that, implying that others are performing partial-birth abortions.
This scandal is now reaching beyond selling fetal body parts, crossing over into the worst kind of illegal abortions. It may explain why StemExpress, one of the leading buyers of fetal body parts, cut off all ties with Planned Parenthood last week. There are still several more videos coming. Planned Parenthood can lie all it wants, but there is no way to get around the videotaped testimony of its own employees and the former employee of StemExpress.
How many more felonies must be exposed before Congress defunds the organization and demands criminal prosecution?