Planned Parenthood has responded after a video emerged showing one of their doctors allegedly discussing the sale of body parts taken from aborted fetuses. Click to read their statement about the accusations to HollywoodLife.com.
A video was released allegedly showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola having a discussion about selling hearts, lungs, livers and muscles of aborted fetuses with actors who posed as buyers. It has created a media firestorm, and now the non-profit organization is responding.
Actors posed as buyers in an undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood for a group called the Center for Medical Progress, and allegedly taped a lunch meeting with Dr. Deborah Nucatola. During that meeting, the doctor is filmed telling the people behind the lens that she uses “partial-birth abortion” techniques to deliver babies.
In the video, she continues to discuss how one can go about making sure not to damage any of the fetal organs during an abortion. Dr. Nucatola also talks about which organs are in high demand and their price range. On the Center’s site, they claim that this is an ongoing three year investigation into the organization.
The Center for Medical Progress was established by David Daleiden, according to the Washington Post, and is reportedly known as controversial anti-abortion activist. He has previously worked with other anti-abortion groups such as Live Action, which is reportedly known for their “stings” of Planned Parenthood by use of actors as well as undercover videos.
HollywoodLife.com reached out to Planned Parenthood for a statement.
Statement from Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.
“A well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research. Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.”
— Brittany King