In a new video released by the Center for Medical Progress., Planned Parenthood executives admitted that they sometimes alter the abortion process to facilitate the harvesting of body parts, say that clinics have a financial interest in selling body parts and joking about decapitating fetuses. The three minute video was recorded at the annual National Abortion Federation meeting. Investigators say there is much more but those tapes are currently sealed and cannot be used.
Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admits in the video to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs.
“You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium ‘til last, and then try to basically take it or, actually, you know, catch everything, and even keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost,” she says.
Deb VanDerhei, national director of Planned Parenthood’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, admitted some clinics are motivated to sell fetal tissue for profit.
“But the truth is that some might want to do it for — to increase their revenues. And we can’t stop them,” she says in the video.
Paul Blumenthal, medical director emeritus at Planned Parenthood of Maryland, said he’s aware that “Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff to people.”
Ann Schutt-Aine, director of abortion services at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, says she’ll hold a fetus in place with forceps to prevent partial birth abortions.
“If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus, I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix, and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not [partial birth abortion],” she says.
In the video, other top Planned Parenthood executives make gruesome remarks about abortion.
Lisa Harris, medical director at Planned Parenthood of Michigan, says pro-choices proponents should just admit that abortion is murder.
“Let’s just give them all the violence,” she says in the video. “It’s a person. It’s killing. Let’s just give them all that.”
She also jokes about trying to pull a decapitated head out of a patient.
“Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right?” Ms. Harris says. “The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out. The hemorrhages that we manage.”
“You know, those are all parts of our experience,” she continues. “But there’s no real good place for us to share those.”
Uta Landy, founder of Planned Parenthood’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, recalled a story in which an eyeball fell in her lap.
“An eyeball just fell down into my lap,” she says, drawing laughs. “And that is gross.”