Yeah, We Can Judge Planned Parenthood
By now, I hope you’ve heard of the recently released undercover video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior medical director for Planned Parenthood. In the video, she explains how the organization harvests fetal organs and sells them to companies that use the body parts for research. The video was produced by the Center for Medical Progress.
As The Washington Post reports:
‘I’d say a lot of people want liver,’ she says in the video posted on the Center for Medical Progress’s Web site, between bites of salad. ‘And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.’
“She continues: ‘We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.’”
The public affairs department at Planned Parenthood is working overtime to downplay the video. Of particular concern to Planned Parenthood is the perception that the organization profits from the sale of fetal body parts by altering abortion procedures in order to get the best tissue. This would be a “big no-no,” according to bioethicist Art Caplan of New York University, who spoke with CNN.com.
In a subsequent op-ed for The Washington Post, Jo-Ann Armao urges the public to watch the full video of Dr. Nucatola’s comments, where viewers will discover just how compassionate Dr. Nucatola is. As Armao explains:
The complete transcript, for example, has Dr. Nucatola stressing that ‘nobody should be “selling” tissue. That’s just not the goal here’ and that non-profit affiliates seek only reimbursement costs for expenses so as to break even.
“Other comments are of note, like how consent for donations is carefully obtained after a woman has made the decision to have an abortion, how many women are motivated to donate tissue because of the good that can come from the medical research and how there is no difference in treatment between those who donate tissues and those who don’t.”
Armao concludes with a story by Dr. Nucatola who, as a resident, watched a woman die as the result of a botched abortion in 1999. As Armao explains, this is why Nucatola “does what she does” and “[t]here is no reading of that story that can suggest this is a woman callous about the people she cares for.”
To Armao, I would say this: The problem is that these infants are not among “the people [Nucatola] cares for.” These infants are clearly just tissue extractions to her. In fact, they mean so little to her that she is able to carelessly munch on her salad and sip her wine while tossing around the word “crush” to describe what she does to these little bodies that have fingers and toes, a brain, a heart, a soul.
“I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
The problem is that the infant whom she’s crushing isn’t an “it.” We are talking about a living, breathing human being — a person who is only days or weeks away from being able to be cradled and caressed and cared for outside the womb.
It doesn’t matter whether Planned Parenthood is making a profit off of these little body parts or if they’re only charging for their shipping costs. They’re killing the owners of these body parts and saying that it’s part of a “humanitarian undertaking.”
Do I judge Planned Parenthood for that? You’d better believe it, and regardless of whether the media has any genuine interest in this angle of the story, may God have mercy if we remain silent about it. For ideas of how you can get involved, read “Four Things You Can Do NOW About the Latest Planned Parenthood Scandal” by Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family.
“Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-10, NKJV).
This post originally appeared at Boundless.org.