Tuesday, August 4, 2015
TRAFFICKING IN BABY PARTS: THE FIFTH VIDEO
The Center for Medical Progress has released the fifth in the series of videos that show involvement of Planned Parenthood organizations' sale of aborted baby parts.
The fifth video shows the director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, discussing her particular branch's track record of fetal tissue sales, "including its ability to deliver fully inntact fetuses."
According to a release by Center for Medical Progress, "...actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs..."
"...Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell. When researchers need a specific part from the aborted fetus, Farrell says, “We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that..."
When asked if it means specifically that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can change abortion procedures to supply intact fetal specimens, and request that she explain how she would frame a contract in which they pay a higher price for higher quality fetal body parts, she explains:
"...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 ... We can work it out in the context of--obviously, the procedure itself is more complicated ... without having you cover the procedural cost...”
Further explanation reveals that "...paying for the abortion, the higher specimen price could be framed as "additional time, cost, administrative burden..." She says:
"...If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items...”
Planned Parenthood spokespersons have insisted that the payments they receive (as is claimed at the beginning of the videol) are to cover costs of handling and shipping only.
However, Farrell tells investigators that specimen sales contribute significantly to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's overall finances:
"...I think everyone realizes, especially because my department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States. Larger than any the other affiliates’ combined..."
CFMP asserts that in a Texas Senate hearing on July 29, former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic director Abby Johnson estimated that the affiliate had previously made up to $120,000 per month off aborted fetal tissue.
Background: "...Johnson is previously worked at Planned Parenthood as a clinic director, but resigned in October 2009. She has stated that she resigned after watching an abortion on ultrasound. Johnson is the chief research strategist for Live Action, an American pro-life non-profit organization..."
In the Center for Medical Progress statement, Project Lead Daleiden says:
"...This is now the fifth member of Planned Parenthood leadership discussing payments for aborted baby parts without any connection to actual costs of so-called tissue ‘donation.’ Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable ... 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 an organization that uses illegal abortion methods to sell baby parts and commit such atrocities against humanity to still receive over $500 million each year from taxpayers.”
As a note: The U.S. Senate has just voted against blocking funding for Planned Parenthood.
The second part of this video, which contains graphic visuals of aborted babies is also hard to watch. It is a reminder of what it must have been like for American soldiers, who happened upon crematoriums and open graves of hundreds and thousands of murdered Jews.
These videos provide a window into the existing holocaust that is being perpetrated right under our noses, ironically also under the guise of health and hygiene.
The videos have not been well received by pro-abortion activists and supporters. CMP addressed the actions of their detractors saying:
"...Planned Parenthood [is] trying to use the power of their political cronies to shut down free speech, to silence the freedom of the press, to persecute David Daleiden, and to save their half-a-billion in taxpayer money and avoid accountability to the law and the American people. Planned Parenthood and their political allies know our investigation has revealed the truth about the gruesome and horrific practices of partial-birth abortions and selling baby parts taking place throughout their organization. They will attack me [David Daleiden] and my organization all day long, but that does not change the facts about what our investigation has uncovered and what the American people now know — that Planned Parenthood is engaged in an enterprise-wide operation that traffics and sells baby body parts..."
Additonally in its defense against a lawsuit from Stem-Express, a for-profit company that partners with over 30 abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood, and which was also one of the subjects of its videos, CMP has stated: "...[StemExpress] ... is attempting to use meritless litigation to cover-up this illegal baby parts trade, suppress free speech, and silence the citizen press reporting on issues of burning concern to the American public. They are not succeeding—their initial petition was rejected by the court, and their second petition was eviscerated to a narrow and contingent order about an alleged recording pending CMP’s opportunity to respond. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights and suppress investigative journalism..."
In response to a lawsuit from the National Abortion Federation, CMP issued this statement: "...The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work. The National Abortion Federation is a criminal organization that has spent years conspiring with Planned Parenthood on how to violate federal laws on partial-birth abortion and fetal tissue sales. The Center for Medical Progress will contest any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the freedom of the citizen press..."