REALity – Volume XXXIV Issue No.9 September 2015
Planned Parenthood of America (PPA), which carries out a third of the abortions performed in the United States, is a lucrative business. It receives half a billion dollars annually in government funding; as well as half a million dollars annually from unions. Also, approximately 41 corporations heavily fund PPA. Some of these are well known companies such as Avon, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Levi Strauss, etc.
PPA is managed by CEO, Cecile Richards, who is paid an annual salary of nearly $600,000. Other top leaders in the PPA abortion industry pull in a collective $4.1 million a year, with an approximate salary of over $200,000 to manage the affiliates. The annual budget for PPA is 1.21 billion. Although it claims to be a non-profit organization, PPA is a well-oiled money making machine. What could possibly go wrong with all this success?
What went wrong was that PPA was discovered to have a sideline – selling the body parts of the babies it aborts. And why not? The logic obviously is the aborted babies are of no value since PPA is in the business of killing them, and the body parts should be put to good use by selling them at a nice profit for the corporation. This particular business is akin in the US to the former practice of slavery since, in both cases, the human bodies sold have no legal rights and are simply considered chattel.
This shop of horrors was revealed when an undercover video was released on July 14th showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director of Medical Services for PPA since February 2009, casually sipping wine and spearing her salad while discussing how body parts are removed from aborted babies. She stated:
A lot of people want intact hearts these days …
and she has had requests for lungs and lower extremities.
During this interview, she admitted that she confers with her colleagues at the beginning of each day to determine what fetal body parts consumers are requesting and which patients that day will have babies from which they will be able to harvest. She then went on to state that they tailor the procedure to assure they do not destroy the desired organs. She says:
You’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers. You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.
This video was obtained by a pro-life group called the Centre for Medical Progress, an ethics organization, which sent individuals to pose as supposed buyers from a human biologics company.
When the video was released, Cecile Richards, CEO of PPA went into high gear, retaining a public relations firm to spin her story. She claimed PPA was not selling body parts of aborted babies, but merely providing “tissue” for medical research and charging only for the cost of transportation of these body parts to the recipient.
This explanation was quickly dispelled when the Centre for Medical Progress released a second video of another medical employee of PPA. It was a video of Dr. Mary Gatter, the Medical Director of PPA Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California. Gatter is a senior official within PPA and is President of the Medical Directors’ Council, the central committee of all PPA affiliate medical directors.
In this video, Gatter discussed the pricing of aborted baby parts, informing the supposed biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. While haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens, Gatter offered to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.
A further video showed a PPA official, the director of research for PPA’s Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, agreeing to alter the abortion procedure in order to deliver an intact aborted baby. According to Farrell, the fees paid for fetal body parts add tremendous “diversification of the revenue stream” for the PPA affiliate. She then goes on to say: “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget to cover dissections and splitting the specimens into different shipments,” she said. “It’s all just a matter of line items.”
The last several minutes of that video show graphic footage inside the laboratory of PPA’s Houston abortion facility where workers comb through the body parts of a 20-week old baby. “It was a twin”, an employee says as she retrieves the remains from the refrigerator. Clearly developed hands and feet are seen in the dish, as the investigator pulls out a lung with a pair of tweezers.
Reaction to the Videos
Since US federal law prohibits the commercial trafficking of fetal tissue for profit, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, and since the US has banned partial birth abortions since 2003, which law was upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2007, PPA is in deep trouble.
A Congressional investigation of PPA has been commenced: governors from 12 states in the US have announced that they will also be carrying out separate investigations of PPA’s activities.
Despite multiple mentions of the PPA horror show being on cable networks, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, the three US news networks, ABC and CBS, NBC, have given only minuscule coverage of PPA’s activities, dismissing them as merely a “claim” by an anti-abortion rights group that PPA was selling “tissue” for profit. They completely ignored the video of PPA selling intact babies. The New York Times initially reported that the first video was “edited”, and it took that newspaper 16 days to correct this factual error. (There was an edited version, but the complete video was also available.)
Some of the corporations funding PPA have now withdrawn their support. These include American Express, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Xerox and the American Cancer Society, which had previously funded some cancer control grants with PPA.
These videos rip the mask off the abortion industry and PPA. Money is the motivation, piles of it, for carrying out these unspeakable acts. PPA officials speak of “intact cadavers” while they poke and prod dishes filled with aborted human bodies for sale. PPA is a shop of horrors.
Planned Parenthood of Canada
Planned Parenthood of Canada changed its name in 2005 and now calls itself, The Canadian Federation of Sexual Health (CFSH). In November, 2014 it merged with two other pro-abortion organizations to form a new organization called Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (ACSHR). The latter organization is funded by the US Ford Foundation.
The former Planned Parenthood of Canada remains an affiliate of International Planned Parenthood, which has 152 member associations in 172 countries. It promotes contraceptives, abortion and testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Planned Parenthood of Canada’s merger with the two other pro-abortion groups was necessitated by the fact that it had fallen on hard times. It had formerly been a powerful, influential organization heavily funded by the federal Department of Health under successive federal Liberal governments. When its funding was stopped by the Conservative government, the organization’s income and outreach decreased considerably along with its influence. During its heyday, Planned Parenthood of Canada was the largest abortion referral agency in Canada (the Badgley Report 1977).