Don’t let Planned Parenthood derail the conversation about trafficked fetal body parts

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( Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its allies want desperately to steer the conversation away from its senior medical director, who cheerfully discussed harvesting babies’ livers over some salad and a nice chianti, to borrow a line from Hannibal Lecter.

And away from the fact the abortion giant illegally trafficks baby parts – and commits illegal partial birth abortions to do so.

Planned Parenthood wants to suck us into side debates to get away from the reality of what it does.

The conversation Planned Parenthood wants to derail us to is on the merits of embryonic stem cell and fetal tissue research. Hence, its statement yesterday:

In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different….

And, on cue, Time magazine today:

Research using fetuses has also led to medical advances, including in Parkinson’s Disease and the development of a Polio vaccine….

The American Medical Association, for instance, separates a woman’s decision to have an abortion from the decision to donate fetal tissue and argues that fetal tissue has the potential to save lives.

But NO, don’t let them separate this issue! As a conservative strategist told me today:

Planned Parenthood is going to try and keep echoing that what they do is legal and life-saving. That’s going to be PP’s message, because that’s all they’ve got to try and neutralize the damage.

So we should not get caught up in their little game.  Stay the course, on the message that showcases the video and the evil doctor eating her lunch and talking baby parts sales.

Americans United for Life has developed talking points in the form of questions to help us stay on message:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts? Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infants Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?

2015-07-15_1652Another talking point comes from of all places a bioethicist quoted by CNN, who pointed out that in the video (which has already gotten almost 1.5 MILLION views) PPFA Senior Medical Director Deborah Nucatola promoted unsafe medicine:

Caplan also was concerned about another part of the video where Nucatola talks about doctors doing abortions in which ultrasound is used to know where to grab the fetus with forceps.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, I’m not going to crush that part,” the doctor says.

Caplan told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen that altering procedures in order to get tissue in the best condition would be a “big no-no.”

“In abortion the primary goal is to give the safest abortion possible,” he said. “Your sole concern has to be the mother and her health.”

He said there’s a parallel in patient care: When someone is dying, doctors shouldn’t change how they treat the patient in order to harvest good tissue for donation after death.

Doctors should treat the patient as they normally would, and then use whatever is available after death. If a provider is considering how to get the tissue that’s in the best shape, “that’s a huge conflict of interest. … If you modify how someone dies, that’s unethical.”

What an interesting correlation: Babies being aborted and dying patients? And this crazy aside: “If you modify how someone dies, that’s unethical”? Really? There’s an unethical way to murder a baby and an unethical way?

But whatever. These people are crazy. The point is Nucatola, who teaches PPFA’s incoming abortionists, was advocating a standard of care that put the woman’s best interest second, after profit gain. And that point should also be pushed.

Stay the course!

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at, and is reprinted here with permission. )

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