New Planned Parenthood Video Shows Doctor Admitting to Partial-Birth Abortions

“I haven’t been able to do that yet — to get the calvarium intact [the skull portion containing the brain] … Well, this will give me something to strive for,” she laughs.

By Anika Smith Published on October 27, 2015

The latest undercover Planned Parenthood video from the Center for Medical Progress shows Dr. Amna Dermish, the abortion provider for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses.

Dermish was trained by Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, which means she knows how to harvest baby organs “intact.” She calls it something “to strive for.”

Pictures of both doctors with their hands outstretched in describing these second-trimester abortion procedures are chilling, not because they’re graphic, but because both women are grasping with their hands and demonstrating the violent and invasive procedure of pulling children from their mothers’ wombs.


Another doctor, with Whole Women’s Health, tells the undercover investigator, “I’m sure there won’t be a problem with volume.” She reminds him that “80,000 abortions happen in the state.”

Dermish: “We’re scheduling 25 procedures a day, three days, well, ten days a month … we’re scheduling 25, but we’re going to be increasing it to 30. I’m the only provider.”

Dermish assures the potential organ buyer, “My aim is usually to get the specimens out pretty intact.” She uses laminaria sticks to slowly dilate the cervix and prompt labor.

Then, in an uncut sequence, Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Dermish walks the organ buyer through the method she uses for infants older than 18 weeks.

She uses ultrasound guidance to convert a second-trimester fetus to a feet-first breech presentation.

“With a further gestation, I will sometimes do that [deliver breech] if it’s a cephalic [head-first] presentation, just cause it’s easier to get … convert to breech, grab the spine.”

This is a textbook description of partial-birth abortion, which is illegal. The baby is alive and mostly outside of the mother’s body when it is killed.

After this ghoulish walkthrough, Dermish admits to the buyer that she hasn’t gotten an intact head. Yet.

“I haven’t been able to do that yet — to get the calvarium intact [the portion of the skull containing the brain] … Well, this will give me something to strive for,” she laughs.

Planned Parenthood’s Dermish describes the difficulty of “getting around the cal” once the fetus is 20 weeks and presenting head first. “Especially the 20-weekers are a lot harder versus the 18-weekers, so at that point I’ll switch to breech.”

Dr. Dermish told the organ buyer that a worker in her clinic, “one of our POC [product of conception] persons is really into organ development.”

“She’ll pull out, like, kidneys, and like, heart, and heart we frequently see at nine weeks and she always looks for it.”

“Just like, for fun?” the buyer asks.

The other doctor interjects. “Well, it’s cute.”

Cute. Tiny hearts torn from human babies.

Dermish continues: “It’s amazing, it’s sort of — I have so much respect for development, it’s just so incredible.”

Would that Dr. Dermish showed respect for the tiny human life that provided the incredible and amazing organs she’s examining.


For the latest on The Stream‘s own investigation of Planned Parenthood and the Department of Health and Human Services, please read our exclusive article “Abortion Industry’s Oversight Loophole Could Become Its Noose.”

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