As I respond to her arguments, I will be quoting the shortened blog version of the video that she posted on her website. A lot of what I have to say will challenge her claim that nothing illegal is happening. The rest will hopefully point out why it shouldn't be legal in the first place.
Second, if you think the edited videos makes it ‘look like’ Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts, just watch the videos and see for yourself. You will hear the following:
- "We don’t want to get called on…selling fetal parts across states.”
- “If you have someone in a really ‘anti’ state doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.” Get caught at what? Obeying the law?
- “I think a per item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
- “I think for affiliates, at the end of the day, they’re a non-profit, they just don’t want to—they want to break even. And if they can do a little better than break even, and do so in a way that seems reasonable, they’re happy to do that.” Every business would like to do a little better than break even. That's called profit. It's probably worth noting that In 2014, Planned Parenthood's revenue exceeded their expenses by $90 million.
- “The Federal Abortion Ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation.”
- “Here’s the heart. My fingers will smoosh it if I try to pick it up. The heart is right there… A lot of times I‘ll get a full torso, spine, kidneys. You could send the whole thing or pick that apart… It’s a baby.” There's the baby parts.
- “If someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then they [the babies] are intact…” Which is good for those clients who want intact babies.
- they are okay with making more than reimbursement
- they want to know what others are charging so they don’t get lowballed
- they want to sell by the organ (read “baby part”) because they can make more money than if they sell everything they harvest from a baby at the same time
- they have to be careful which states they do this in because they don’t want to get caught in hostile states
- the legal oversight about documenting actual expenses is almost non-existent
- You find out the specimen and tissue sales in Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s affiliate "contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here."
- the brochure CMP posted shows StemExpress trumpeting the lucrative nature of the financial partnership they offer.
- In the fifth video, some people at the Gulf Coast affiliate are puzzled as to why other clinics think what they are doing at Gulf Coast is illegal.
That one brain cell I apparently have is sufficient to put all these things together and conclude there is legitimate justification to open an investigation on whether or not they are doing more than breaking even.
And who cares whom the CMP worked for? It’s irrelevant to the footage. Had they only released edited videos, the accusation of deviously deceptive tactics might have some merit. But – once again – they released the full videos. You can watch them and decide what to conclude.
But the latest video has just added to the question of whether or not Planned Parenthood is operating within the law. In the most blatant statement yet, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Melissa Farrell noted that when researchers need a specific part from the aborted baby,“We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that… some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.”
The probe isn't about baby parts (which are right there on the videos. Watch the videos. That would be the shortest investigation ever). It's about whether or not Planned Parenthood is breaking the law by altering the timing or method of abortions for the sake of collecting tissue - as Ms. Farrell just stated that they do. So who is correct? That's what an investigation would decide.
If they are so falsely maligned, one would think they would encourage people to see the unedited videos for themselves. It should provide the vindication they need. Instead, the PR firm Planned Parenthood hired is distracting and deflecting to the point of apparently faking a hack of Planned Parenthood's website. Considering the lawsuits and the request for media not to cover the story, I don't think they are pleased. I don't blame them. Over the course of these four videos, Planned Parenthood is doing the following by their own admission:
- altering abortion procedures so as to harvest more organs, including apparently doing some form of partial-birth abortion (at least that's sure what the description sounds like in the first video)
- occasionally having babies coming out intact (born) before they can get there to do the abortion and harvest organs
- harvesting their organs, apparently even from those who came out intact (born) - which makes one wonder how that all worked out.
- passing them on to companies like StemExpress that promise financial benefits
- talking about it in a way that reflect their concern of getting caught in certain states
- hoping at minimum to make a little extra and at maximum to maximize their profit by selling by the organ instead of by the specimen
Second, the claim about cancer screenings is dishonest. They offer a manual breast exam which women can do on their own. According to their website, they then "connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms." In other words, they don't do those things for the patients. They send them to someone who does. The Federalist notes, "Planned Parenthood does not manage a single licensed mammography facility in the U.S. Not one. Of the 8,735 licensed mammography facilities in America, Planned Parenthood operates exactly zero." They offer access to basic medical care, but not nearly as much as Community Health Centers, which help far more women and don't do abortions.