Planned Parenthood undercover video no. 2

The Center for Medical Progress has released its second undercover video that features two individuals posing as “buyers” from a fetal tissue procurement company speaking with Mary Gatter, president, medical directors council, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

Like the first video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola speaking matter-of-factly about abortion and fetal tissue procurement, this video exposed a similarly cold and brazen attitude by Gatter toward matters as shocking and surreal as selling the organs, body parts, and/or tissue from an aborted baby to a procurement company that would turn around and sell it to biotech firms doing stem cell research.

Like Nucatola, Gatter spoke about “volume” when talking about the number of abortions they perform.  Also like Nucatola, Gatter avoided the word abortion.  And babies.  Because the abortion industry is all about manipulating language in order to sterilize that which is gruesome and to distance itself from that which is human in order to do something utterly inhumane.  And so the lexicon is all about tissue, specimens, suctioning, cases, volume, and waste.

Oh, and also money.

Early in the discussion Gatter raised the issue of money, and a negotiation about fees ensued.  Gatter was initially reluctant to name a price out of concern that the person who names a price first tends to lose.  But eventually she spit out a number: $75 per specimen.

Gatter followed up by saying that Planned Parenthood is “not in it for the money” and that they “don’t want to be in the position of selling tissue.”  She’s got her talking points down and apparently knows enough about the law to know she’s got to cover her you-know-what when speaking on this subject.

But.

There are costs involved that Planned Parenthood needs to recoup, such as use of its space by the procurement company – which is precisely how this devious arrangement works in order to get around the law that prohibits sale of fetal tissue for money.  (To learn more about that, see here.)

After talking about money, the participants moved their conversation to abortion techniques and how said techniques may be adapted to improve the chances of getting an “intact specimen.”  As with the monetary discussions, Gatter appeared to have her talking points down.  She stated that they cannot change their technique in order to improve their chances of getting a “specimen” that would not be in acceptable condition for the procurement company to take.  However, like Nucatola, Gatter soon expressed a willingness to reconsider and offered to speak with Ian, their surgeon who does the “cases.”  Or more specifically, she would find out how Ian would feel about using a “less crunchy” technique to get more whole specimens.

At the end of the conversation, Gatter reiterated that money was not the important thing.

Uh-huh.

No, wait.

She wanted to make sure the amount they discussed was similar to what other Planned Parenthood affiliates are receiving from procurement companies.

Oh, I see.  She wants to make sure she’s not being ripped off.

No, wait.

“It has to be big enough that it’s worthwhile for me.”

Wow, for someone not concerned about money, this sure is taking on a life of its own.

And then, with a somewhat nervous laugh, she said: “I want a Lamborghini.”

Ah.  I see.

Hey, lady.  You just exposed the face of Planned Parenthood.  The face, the words, the tone, the attitude, and worst of all, the activity of destroying thriving babies in the womb and then selling their parts.

In the wake of these video releases, Planned Parenthood is claiming victim status.  (Is there any other status these days?)  Breitbart reports:

In a threatening five-page letter issued yesterday through one of its lawyers, Planned Parenthood complained to Congress that undercover investigators from the Center for Medical Progress had harassed and unlawfully infiltrated its clinics for years. (snip)

It appears that Planned Parenthood chief executive Cecile Richards issued an all-points bulletin to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and offices around the country to ask if any had been visited by David Daleiden and his team posing as entrepreneurs of a fictitious company called Biomax Procurement Services. The letter warns of more videos to come as, according to the New York Times, “abortion opponents” had “infiltrated” clinics nationwide “posing questions to unsuspecting employees and patients.”

The letter accuses Daleiden of being involved in at least 10 “attacks” on Planned Parenthood offices over the previous eight years, including his time as director of research for Live Action, the pro-life group that pioneered undercover reporting on Planned Parenthood abuses. Planned Parenthood expects up to 65 recordings to surface.

Planned Parenthood also accuses Daleiden’s setting up a phony corporation may have violated state and federal laws involving “corporate filings and taxes.”

The Center for Medical Progress denies any wrongdoing or engagement in illegal activity.

I’m not a legal expert, but would like to offer a few words about undercover investigative reporting to Planned Parenthood: get over it!  Investigative sting operations have been around for a long time and have been used by major news outlets as well as citizen-journalists.  As Career News Insider reports: “Sometimes, getting the scoop on a story means doing more than simple research and interviews. Sometimes it requires a bigger and riskier sacrifice, like going undercover. Although the ethics and credibility of undercover tactics have been called into question, in some cases, the only way to unearth the truth is to go incognito.”

I believe that this describes what has been done in this case.  And what had to be done.  Can anyone imagine Planned Parenthood being forthcoming if a journalist who was not undercover were to ask its people about any of this barbarity?  I think not.

In the first video, Nucatola noted that Planned Parenthood is always “under a microscope.”  Now let’s make sure they’re under investigation.

I will continue to follow this story and report on additional videos as they are released.

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection and The Right Scoop

The Center for Medical Progress has released its second undercover video that features two individuals posing as “buyers” from a fetal tissue procurement company speaking with Mary Gatter, president, medical directors council, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

Like the first video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola speaking matter-of-factly about abortion and fetal tissue procurement, this video exposed a similarly cold and brazen attitude by Gatter toward matters as shocking and surreal as selling the organs, body parts, and/or tissue from an aborted baby to a procurement company that would turn around and sell it to biotech firms doing stem cell research.

Like Nucatola, Gatter spoke about “volume” when talking about the number of abortions they perform.  Also like Nucatola, Gatter avoided the word abortion.  And babies.  Because the abortion industry is all about manipulating language in order to sterilize that which is gruesome and to distance itself from that which is human in order to do something utterly inhumane.  And so the lexicon is all about tissue, specimens, suctioning, cases, volume, and waste.

Oh, and also money.

Early in the discussion Gatter raised the issue of money, and a negotiation about fees ensued.  Gatter was initially reluctant to name a price out of concern that the person who names a price first tends to lose.  But eventually she spit out a number: $75 per specimen.

Gatter followed up by saying that Planned Parenthood is “not in it for the money” and that they “don’t want to be in the position of selling tissue.”  She’s got her talking points down and apparently knows enough about the law to know she’s got to cover her you-know-what when speaking on this subject.

But.

There are costs involved that Planned Parenthood needs to recoup, such as use of its space by the procurement company – which is precisely how this devious arrangement works in order to get around the law that prohibits sale of fetal tissue for money.  (To learn more about that, see here.)

After talking about money, the participants moved their conversation to abortion techniques and how said techniques may be adapted to improve the chances of getting an “intact specimen.”  As with the monetary discussions, Gatter appeared to have her talking points down.  She stated that they cannot change their technique in order to improve their chances of getting a “specimen” that would not be in acceptable condition for the procurement company to take.  However, like Nucatola, Gatter soon expressed a willingness to reconsider and offered to speak with Ian, their surgeon who does the “cases.”  Or more specifically, she would find out how Ian would feel about using a “less crunchy” technique to get more whole specimens.

At the end of the conversation, Gatter reiterated that money was not the important thing.

Uh-huh.

No, wait.

She wanted to make sure the amount they discussed was similar to what other Planned Parenthood affiliates are receiving from procurement companies.

Oh, I see.  She wants to make sure she’s not being ripped off.

No, wait.

“It has to be big enough that it’s worthwhile for me.”

Wow, for someone not concerned about money, this sure is taking on a life of its own.

And then, with a somewhat nervous laugh, she said: “I want a Lamborghini.”

Ah.  I see.

Hey, lady.  You just exposed the face of Planned Parenthood.  The face, the words, the tone, the attitude, and worst of all, the activity of destroying thriving babies in the womb and then selling their parts.

In the wake of these video releases, Planned Parenthood is claiming victim status.  (Is there any other status these days?)  Breitbart reports:

In a threatening five-page letter issued yesterday through one of its lawyers, Planned Parenthood complained to Congress that undercover investigators from the Center for Medical Progress had harassed and unlawfully infiltrated its clinics for years. (snip)

It appears that Planned Parenthood chief executive Cecile Richards issued an all-points bulletin to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and offices around the country to ask if any had been visited by David Daleiden and his team posing as entrepreneurs of a fictitious company called Biomax Procurement Services. The letter warns of more videos to come as, according to the New York Times, “abortion opponents” had “infiltrated” clinics nationwide “posing questions to unsuspecting employees and patients.”

The letter accuses Daleiden of being involved in at least 10 “attacks” on Planned Parenthood offices over the previous eight years, including his time as director of research for Live Action, the pro-life group that pioneered undercover reporting on Planned Parenthood abuses. Planned Parenthood expects up to 65 recordings to surface.

Planned Parenthood also accuses Daleiden’s setting up a phony corporation may have violated state and federal laws involving “corporate filings and taxes.”

The Center for Medical Progress denies any wrongdoing or engagement in illegal activity.

I’m not a legal expert, but would like to offer a few words about undercover investigative reporting to Planned Parenthood: get over it!  Investigative sting operations have been around for a long time and have been used by major news outlets as well as citizen-journalists.  As Career News Insider reports: “Sometimes, getting the scoop on a story means doing more than simple research and interviews. Sometimes it requires a bigger and riskier sacrifice, like going undercover. Although the ethics and credibility of undercover tactics have been called into question, in some cases, the only way to unearth the truth is to go incognito.”

I believe that this describes what has been done in this case.  And what had to be done.  Can anyone imagine Planned Parenthood being forthcoming if a journalist who was not undercover were to ask its people about any of this barbarity?  I think not.

In the first video, Nucatola noted that Planned Parenthood is always “under a microscope.”  Now let’s make sure they’re under investigation.

I will continue to follow this story and report on additional videos as they are released.

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection and The Right Scoop