Planned Parenthood’s Hearts of Darkness

Barb Wire

Who needs horror movies when the Center for Medical Progress is producing such frightening footage from Planned Parenthood? One after another, the videos of the group’s organ harvesting scheme sound like something out of a Halloween script.

If only it were. Instead, the gory trade — often joked about by the workers involved — is putting an exclamation point on taxpayers’ insistence that Congress defund the organization responsible. Yesterday, those voices were even more adamant after the release of the 11th sickening conversation with a Planned Parenthood employee caught on tape. Like the 10 before it, this one had its share of stomach-turning moments, including one staffer’s description of the tiny heart that this barbaric practice stops:cute. “One of our [point of care] persons is really into organ development,” the woman explains. “She’ll pull out, like, kidneys and heart. The heart we frequently see at nine weeks. She always looks for it.” “Just like for fun?” the buyer asks. “Well,” the worker went on, “it’s cute.” By some miracle, David Daleiden’s “buyer” maintained his composure at the answer, which should drop the jaws of any sane American.

There’s nothing “cute” about death — let alone the vicious and violent end of these innocent babies, who are being picked apart for their organs by taxpayer-funded vultures. Undeterred, another Texas clinician chimes in that she trained under Planned Parenthood’s Senior Medical Director, the same woman who discussed the dismemberment of baby corpses over salad and wine. Like her mentor, this young woman talks about the importance of manipulating the abortion to produce the more marketable parts. “My aim is usually to get the specimens out pretty intact,” she describes of her technique. Often, she goes on, the workers will use ultrasound images to turn a baby into a “feet-first breech presentation,” which means the child isn’t put out of its misery with a lethal injection to the heart first. Instead, the baby is subjected to an excruciating death that most people wouldn’t dream of subjecting an animal to — let alone a defenseless human being. “Especially the 20-weekers are a lot harder versus the 18-weekers, so at that point I’ll switch to breech…” At that point, the abortion doctor admits that the group banks around $50 for prime organs — a potentially serious violation of federal law which prohibits profiting from the sale of unborn baby body parts.

Asked if she has ever harvested a fetal brain, the woman says, “I haven’t been able to do that yet,” but laughs, “This will give me something to strive for!” It’s an appalling response for anyone, let alone a physician whose purpose is to alleviate pain, not cause it. To cure, not to kill. Unfortunately, this is the dark world of Planned Parenthood — a world that more than a half-billion taxpayer dollars a year help make possible. No wonder Governor Greg Abbott is pulling the plug on Planned Parenthood funding. Just four miles down the road from the Austin Capitol, these clinics may be participating in dangerous abortions that are not only against the law — but jeopardize women’s lives. Just last week, state officials raided three state clinics on allegations of fraud and other crimes.

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Still, President Obama stands firmly by Cecile Richards’s group, even going so far as to stake the entire government’s budget on it. “Everything is subordinated to the abortion agenda,” fumed Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). But hopefully, not for long. Thanks to outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and incoming successor Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), conservatives are leading the charge to put a bill stripping the group’s money on the president’s desk. Through budget reconciliation, the two chambers will be able to push the issue the farthest it’s been since Republicans took control of the House five years ago. Right now, the legislation is in the Senate’s court, where you can help pressure your leaders to send it to the president and put the burden of this abhorrent partnership squarely on his shoulders.

Contact your senators and ask them to support the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act — and help restore America’s moral conscience along with it.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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