It sounds like something out of a science fiction film, one of those that stays with you because it’s just so unpalatable and nasty. Unfortunately, however much we might like to think that a discussion like this could never happen in the real world, there’s nothing fictional about the latest video showing a staff member of Planned Parenthood discussing the harvesting of organs from the remains of aborted babies.
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A few things stand out in particular. The nonchalance of Dr. Deborah Nucatola. The chat about how some are looking for “intact hearts”, always “livers” and now, lately “lungs.” Nucatola hadn’t heard that one before, but she took it in her stride. “Good for them” is her only comment. “Lower extremities”, it seems, are “easy”.
Then there’s the attitude shown towards the women who have gone to Planned Parenthood, drawn in, no doubt by the organisation’s motto: “Care. No Matter What.” One wonders how that motto fits in with Nucatola’s description of how she finds it “worth having a huddle at the beginning of the day” so they can look at the list and see what they specific organs are wanted. That way, she says, they can carry out the abortions in such a way as to ensure intact organs. Because after all, “reasonable people” will change their technique, presumably to suit what the “huddle” decides.
It sounds a lot like the priority here is the procurement of intact organs to order, but no doubt Planned Parenthood would dispute that. Nevertheless, there isn’t much talk about what is best for the woman in this conversation. Nucatola even says that they can “convert to breech” at the start of the abortion if that suits better. She talks about being “cognisant of where you put your graspers”, how “we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver”, and how they figure out where best to “crush”, using ultrasound guidance “so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps”. There’s even talk of how easy it would be if they could just put together a “menu” showing what’s on offer.
At one point Nucatola mentions having to perform an abortion on a “17 weeker” ie a baby at 17 weeks’ gestation. This meant she could check to see what organs were available that day. To be clear, a baby at 17 weeks has a beating heart, she has fingerprints and fingernails, her lips can open and close, she reacts to sound, sucks, swallows and yawns, and this is what she looks like:
Throughout all of this horror – because let’s be clear, it is horrific to talk about harvesting tiny hearts, lungs, livers and even heads from unborn humans – Nucatola flicks her hair, munches on salad and swirls wine in the kind of sleek restaurant where busy professionals go to lunch every day in every city in the world.
And that’s the thing – Nucatola is probably no different to most of the other abortionists employed by Planned Parenthood at any one of their outlets throughout the world. She’s just the one who was caught discussing her job on video. In an open letter to Nucatola, pro-life campaigner and former abortion clinic worker Abby Johnson spoke about how, after a hard day’s work, she would go to bars with her colleagues and discuss abortion cases over cocktails. Reaching out to Nucatola, her point was simple: the abortion business convinces you that what you’re doing is normal, mundane, just another job.
To right-thinking people, regardless of where they stand on abortion, this video shows a side of the industry that is anything but normal, and it seems the top echelons at this powerful group aren’t too happy with those who let the mask slip. At the end of the video, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is shown describing Nucatola as “amazing”, but things were very different a few days later when the eyes of the world’s media were narrowing in on the workings of Planned Parenthood.
Now it was time for a “personal apology” video from Richards – who didn’t apologise for the shocking inhumanity of the harvesting procedure itself, but instead took issue with Nucatola’s “tone and statements”, which she said didn’t reflect the “compassion” that Planned Parenthood aspires to.
Compassion? For who? Certainly not the unborn babies who not only suffer the indignity of having their lives ended in such an arbitrary fashion, but then have their organs removed and sold on. And on that issue of money, are they donations or are they being sold? In the video, Nucatola confirms that the “price range” is $30 – $100, depending on the facility, something flatly denied by Richards in her apology-not-apology video. But let’s look at it this way – does it really matter what you call the money changing hands, if it all ends up in the coffers of Planned Parenthood anyway?
The eyes of the world are on Planned Parenthood now. An investigation is taking place in the US, no doubt prompted in part by the stunning statement by Nucatola that “The Federal (Partial Birth) Abortion ban is a law and laws are open to interpretation so if I say on day one I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”
Really? Wow. That’s a theory I never heard in law school, but hey, this is Planned Parenthood. They do things differently there. Very differently.
This is a tragic story. Tragic for the women who have had abortions, for the babies who lost their lives, and their extended families. It’s tragic too for the people who are involved in Planned Parenthood, that they have become so blinkered to the inhumanity of their actions that even now they’re scrambling to find a defence where none exists. For the sake of everyone in society, we can only hope that the right kind of investigation takes place, one that doesn’t try to paper over the horrors of this video. As for Dr. Nucatola, maybe she should compare the “before” and “after” comments of Cecile Richards, watch the video again and then think about getting in touch with Abby Johnson.