The Center for Medical Progress has released its 10th investigative video on Planned Parenthood's secretive fetal organ harvesting industry.
The latest video (the 4th in the "Human Capital" series and 10th produced by CMP) features high-level officials for the nation's leading provider of abortions discussing the "potential for a huge P.R. issue" if people should learn some of the details of their fetal organ and tissue trade.
"This could destroy your organization and us, if we don't time those conversations correctly," one Planned Parenthood tells a prospective fetal tissue buyer.
Another Planned Parenthood official notes the "fair amount of income" some of their colleagues make from organ harvesting. Citing federal code 42 U.S.C. 289g-2, CMP explains that "the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000."
The sting video features Dr. Carolyn Westhoff (Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA), Dr. Vanessa Cullins (VP for External Medical Affairs for PPFA), and Deborah VanDerhei (National Director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS) at PPFA). Here's an excerpt from CMP's summary of the video:
"We've just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural," says Dr. Westhoff to a prospective fetal organ buyer. "Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh." Westhoff continues, "Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this," before offering to introduce the buyers to "national office abortion people" from Planned Parenthood.
Deborah VanDerhei is the National Director for CAPS, an influential committee within Planned Parenthood that drives abortion policy across the organization. VanDerhei refers to payments for fetal tissue as "donation for remuneration," which carries the connotation of financial reward or benefit without regard for actual expenses. VanDerhei explains, "I have been talking to the executive director of the National Abortion Federation, we’re trying to figure this out as an industry, about how we’re going to manage remuneration, because the headlines would be a disaster."
"Is this really worth getting–I don't even know what in general, what a specimen generally brings in?" VanDerhei later asks a prospective buyer. When she is told $100 per specimen, she remarks, "But we have independent colleagues who generate a fair amount of income doing this." VanDerhei suggests that Planned Parenthood goes to great lengths to avoid leaving a paper trail about their fetal tissue activity: "It’s an issue that you might imagine we’re not really that comfortable talking about on email."
In a conversation recorded between VanDerhei and Vanessa Russo, Compliance Program Administrator for Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, Russo argues, “A company like this that wants to give our organization money for the tissue–I think that that’s a valid exchange, and that that’s okay.” VanDerhei nods her head up and down and affirms, “Mhm.” [...]
Vanessa Cullins, the Vice President of External Medical Affairs, seems fully aware of the criminal exposure that fetal body parts sales present to Planned Parenthood: "This is important. This could destroy your organization and us, if we don’t time those conversations correctly," she tells a prospective buyer.
See the full video release announcement here.