The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has released a new undercover video that features shocking remarks from Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Stem Express LLC executives regarding abortion procedures and fetal tissue procurement. The three-minute video, filmed at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation (NAF) conventions, is a compilation of gut-wrenching comments and jokes by abortionists, including one or two by doctors who appear to admit to performing illegal partial-birth abortions.
The troubling remarks were made during presentations and panel discussions at the NAF conventions as well as to undercover CMP journalists.
The latest video comes after a California judge’s gag order had prevented the video’s release for nearly two years. The video is one of over a dozen that CMP has released since 2015 that capture video and audio evidence of Planned Parenthood engaging in the illegal sale of aborted baby parts. Today’s video compilation indicates more undercover videos are forthcoming.
In 2015, NAF and Planned Parenthood filed an injunction blocking CMP founder David Daleiden from releasing further videos. Despite the release of today’s video, Daleiden continues to face legal pressure. As recently as March 28th, 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed fifteen felony charges against Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, alleging that the journalists were guilty of conspiring to pose as BioMax employees to intentionally record confidential communication between themselves and Planned Parenthood associates in California.
Some of the most shocking comments include doctors and technicians describing abortion procedures in graphic terms.
Dr. Lisa Harris, medical director of Planned Parenthood Michigan, advises the pro-choice crowd that they should admit abortion is murder:
“Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here… Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”
In a stunning and damning admission, Dr. Stacy-De-Lin, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood of New York City, candidly quips: “We certainly do intact D and E’s.” Dilation and extraction, another term for partial-birth abortion, is a method that has been illegal since 2003 following the passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Dr. Uta Landy, the founder of the Consortium of Abortion Providers for Planned Parenthood, is heard on the video recalling a story in which a fetal eye falls into her lap. Landy jokes, “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!”
In perhaps the most unsettling exchange, Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, explains, “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come the umbilicus [navel], 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 PBA [partial-birth abortion].”
Other comments on the video appear to provide evidence of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the illegal practice of profiting from fetal-tissue trafficking.
Dr. Leslie Drummon, an abortion provider at Planned Parenthood says, “I get a lot of oohs and ahhs from Stem Express. You know, they’re wanting livers… last week I was in Sacramento, and she said, “I need four intact limbs.” ”
Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the central figure in a previous CMP video, discusses how to perform a procedure in order to keep organs intact: “You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants a brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in till last, and then try to basically take it, or actually, you know, catch everything and keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost.”
Dr. Paul Blumenthal, the former medial director for Planned Parenthood Maryland bluntly says, “I know Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff [fetal tissue] to people.”
Although the media has remained largely silent on the latest video, many groups have expressed outrage. Responding to the latest video, Daniel Darling, the Vice President of Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention said:
“David Daleiden’s courageous journalism is exposing, yet again, Planned Parenthood’s destructive profit-making assault on human dignity. Those who take seriously the gospel call to stand up for human dignity and for justice, must lend their voices to those whose voices have been trampled by the demonic infanticide of Planned Parenthood. And we must offer young women in crisis a more hopeful way that sees both the pregnant women and her baby as created in the image of God and worthy of respect.”
In a statement, Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action, noted the shocking language of those caught in the video: “A new video shows top-level Planned Parenthood executives joking about killing children through brutal abortion procedures. Abortionists and workers laugh about finding the eyeballs of preborn babies, crushing the skulls and bodies of the children they abort, and harvesting their brains to the highest bidder. Planned Parenthood’s cruelty against human life is sickening, and Congress must make sure that not one more cent goes towards the abortion profiteer.”
In response to CMP’s 2015 videos, a special committee of Congress was tasked to investigate Planned Parenthood’s unethical and potentially illegal participation in the trafficking of fetal tissue. In December 2016, the committee recommended that prosecutors investigate one Planned Parenthood affiliate and referred a few other organizations for criminal or regulatory probes. The committee was dissolved in January 2017.
The new undercover video can be seen above.