The Center for Medical Progress has so far released nine videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting fetuses in exchange for compensation from fetal tissue companies and researchers.
The videos are a combination of undercover footage and cuts of an extended interview with a whistleblower who used to work in the clinics. CMP alleges the videos prove Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the exchange of the fetuses and is sometimes violating a partial-birth abortion ban.
House Republicans are investigating, but Planned Parenthood denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
Here are the key takeaways from the first nine videos:
1. “People want liver.”
A top doctor talks frankly about how the clinics harvest and distribute the body parts and organs of aborted babies, while munching on a salad.
2. “Violating the protocol”
Planned Parenthood’s medical director haggles over the price “per specimen” with undercover actors posing as fetal tissue buyers, and appears willing to alter abortion procedures to get better tissue.
3. “This is a leg.”
A phlebotomist who used to harvest and dissect fetuses in Planned Parenthood clinics describes her work experience, saying the procedures were so shocking she passed out on her first day.
4. “And another boy!”
Planned Parenthood employees dissect fetuses in front of undercover actors posing as buyers, while the group negotiates a contract and haggles over the price.
5. “Mixed up together in a bag”
A Planned Parenthood clinic director says skirting fetal tissue laws is “just a matter of line items,” and a technician pulls an aborted 20-week old fetus out of the freezer and shows it to the fake buyers.
The phlebotomist who worked in the clinics describes them as ‘morbid’ places where women with unborn babies were seen as profit opportunities by staff who sometimes donated the fetus without their consent.
7. “What did I just do?”
The phlebotomist says she decided to quit after cutting through the face of a late-term male fetus to procure its brain for research, and struggling to stuff its remains into a container packed with aborted fetuses.
8. “Bone the chicken for me”
The CEO of a company that purchases aborted fetuses and distributes the parts to researchers says abortion clinics should and do profit from the exchange, and describes queasy researchers who request fetal tissue without identifiers such as hands and feet.
9. Whole fetuses “just fell out”
A procurement manager for a fetal tissue harvesting company says abortionists sometimes take and dissect what is apparently a live and fully intact fetus when it drops out of the womb. She describes one case in which the abortionist told her the fetus “just fell out” of the mother after she was put in the stirrups.
CMP also published full footage and transcripts for the undercover videos.
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