Planned Parenthood Video: ‘It Was a Twin … Intestines Are Here,’ Eyeballs ‘Are So Easy … They Come Out, Like, Firmer’
(CNSNews.com) — In the fifth and latest investigative video of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby organs and tissue, officials with the organization discuss altering the abortion process to get “intact, fetal cadavers,” and help to identify body parts from aborted twins, including intestines, brain, lung, arm and “orbits,” eyeballs.
“The intestines are here, right here, see?” says Planned Parenthood’s Tram Nguyen, as she and a “buyer” (undercover actor) poke through the dismembered and torn body parts of aborted twins dumped into a rectangular glass tray.
“This comes out, like I said, the organs come out really well,” says Nguyen. “See, you can see all the intestines, pretty much all of it’s intact.”
When the buyer notes the “orbits” and remarks that Nguyen had collected such eyeballs before, she says, “Yes, orbits are so easy [to find], like 95% of the time. … Yes, they come out, like firmer.”
David Daleiden, project leader of the undercover videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress, said, “Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end.”
There is no reason for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, to continue “to commit such atrocities against humanity” and “still receive over $500 million each year from taxpayers,” said Daleiden.
According to its latest annual report (2013-14), Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions for that fiscal year and received $528.4 million in “government health service grants and reimbursements.”
Concerning the latest investigative video, Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “Extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood’s mission and services are making outrageous and completely false claims.”
“The footage released today doesn’t show Planned Parenthood staff engaged in any wrongdoing or agreeing to violate any legal or medical standards,” said Laguens. “Instead, the latest tape shows an extremely offensive intrusion and lack of respect for women, with footage of medical tissue in a lab. These extremists show a total lack of compassion and dignity for women’s most personal medical decisions.”
The entire fifth video from CMP, and its earlier undercover videos, can be viewed here. (WARNING: Graphic medical procedures are discussed and images of aborted baby tissue, internal organs, and limbs are shown.)
In the fifth video, entitled “Intact Fetuses ‘Just a Matter of Line Items’ for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center,” actors posing as buyers for a fetal tissue procurement company had a meeting and lunch with Melissa Farrell, the director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in Houston, Texas.
They also meet with a Planned Parenthood nurse and Tram Nguyen, the Ambulatory Surgery Center director at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
In a statement, the CMP notes, “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 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Federal law also requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).” (The law in question is here.)
As the video unfolds, Planned Parenthood’s Melissa Farrell reveals that when an abortion-doctor “needed an intact specimen,” an intact aborted baby, “we can make it happen.”
“We just need to figure out how that we can do this under our project needs,” says Farrell.
She then discloses that there are six doctors at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast that do abortions post-16 weeks, meaning more than 4 months into a pregnancy.
While discussing those personnel who do second trimester abortions, Farrell also says, “Because 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.”
When the buyer (actor) asks, “The doctors were also doing research?” Farrell answers, “Uh-huh.”
Later in the video, Farrell is having a lunch-meeting with the buyers and discussing fetal tissue procurement and the potential to apparently change the abortion procedure. She also comments on Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s large operation.
“I think everyone realizes, especially because my department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here,” says Farrell. “You know, we’re one of the largest affiliates? Our research department is the largest in the Unites States, larger than any the other affiliates’ combined.”
Back at the office, the discussion between Farrell and the buyers continues, with a focus on altering the abortion “process” and potentially obtaining “intact, fetal cadavers.”
Buyer: “ … [I]f that provider is needing to change the technique a little bit and, I know, I’m going against my side of this but, I’m okay with it, now I want you to be paid per specimen.”
Melissa Farrell: “Uh-huh.”
Buyer: “And rather than, oh here, just ship this off – no.”
Melissa Farrell: “Mmm.”
Buyer: “This is what we’re looking for.”
Melissa Farrell: “Uh-huh.”
Buyer: “And if you can do that, and it compensates you, and financially that’s helping you to grow your clinic, I’m willing to do that.”
Melissa Farrell: “Uh-huh.”
Melissa Farrell: “Yeah. And so if we alter our process—“
Melissa Farrell: “And we are able to obtain intact, fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. That’s, it’s all just a matter of line items.”
While discussing an order for fetal tissue from a researcher that was eventually not filled, Farrell states, “The purpose of this is to obtain cadaver, fetal tissue for humanized mouse model for study: innate and adaptive response to viral cancer autoimmune disorders to facilitate treatment options for deadly human disorders.”
In the second half of the undercover video, the buyers, Melissa Farrell, a Planned Parenthood nurse/technician, and ASC Director Tram Nguyen are in the abortion clinical pathological laboratory. They buyers ask if there are any “fresh specimens,” aborted baby parts, they can observe. The exchange occurs as follows:
Buyer: “Are there any fresh specimens from today that we can still look at?”
Nurse: [laughter] “We had a really long day and they’re all mixed up together in a bag. If I would have known 10 minutes ago, I would have saved something.”
Buyer: “You know, It’s not like we need something today, but if we could get a visual today of it — is that possible? That would be a good thing.”
Nurse: “Yes, let me see. That one’s probably frozen.”
Buyer: “What we’re looking for is a visual baseline of intactness and everything, just so that we know.”
PPGC’s Tram Nguyen: “How intact they are, right?”
Buyer: “Just on a typical day, kind of what that looks like.”
Tram Nguyen: “It varies based on gestation. Sometimes they come out really intact. Do you want to do –”
Nurse: “You’re not going to see anything intact today. Because the way we collect the tissue, it all gets collected into one container.”
Tram Nguyen: “We either – you know what? – is the cremation?”
Buyer: “What was the latest case that you did today?”
Unidentified Planned Parenthood Doctor: “The latest case we did today was a 5 week and 3 days.”
Tram Nguyen: “No, the last one.”
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