WASHINGTON — The president of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood released a video on Thursday in which she apologized for the “tone” of one the organization’s top directors in an undercover video regarding the harvesting and alleged sale of the organs of aborted babies.
“Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements,” Cecile Richards said in her two-minute statement. “As always, if there is any aspect of our work that can be strengthened, we want to know about it, and we take swift action to address it.”
As previously reported, a video released this week by the Center for Medical Progress provided undercover footage of abortionist Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, speaking to a couple that she thought was with a fetal tissue procurement company. Nucatola explained that sometimes mothers want the child’s body donated to science after they are aborted and that the organization seeks to accommodate them.
“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Nucatola told the undercover investigators as she munched on salad and sipped wine. “[A] lot of people want intact hearts these days because they’re looking for specific nodes: AV nodes, SA. I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t even know. Good for them.’ Yesterday was the first time she (a staff member) said people wanted lungs. And then, like I said, always as many intact livers as possible.”
“Some people want lower extremities, too, which, that’s simple,” Nucatola continues. “I don’t know what they’re doing with it. I guess they want muscle.”
She also discusses how the abortionist will mindful not to “crush” the child’s organs during the abortion in instances where their parts will be sent to scientific companies.
“So then you’re just kind of cognizant where you put your graspers,” Nucatola explains. “You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that—-you know. We’ve been very good at getting the 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 undercover investigators later ask Nucatola if they could go to the headquarters to place orders for fetal body parts rather than having to go through the local affiliates.
“We had a conversation [with our attorneys] and said, ‘You know, what do you think? We’ll just go out and find all the people who are doing this (buying baby body parts) and present everybody with a menu,” she continued. “And at the end of the day, they decided that it’s too touchy an issue for us to be an official middleman.”
But while Richards stated on Thursday that Nucatola’s tone in the video lacked compassion, she refuted conclusions that Planned Parenthood makes money from fetal body parts and organs.
“I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true,” Richards stated. “Our donation programs—like any other high-quality health care providers—follow all laws and ethical guidelines. … Planned Parenthood stands behind our work to help women and families donate tissue for medical research when they wish to.”
She contended that the babies that are killed during abortions are used for “life-saving research.”
Richards claimed that the video was only produced in an effort to stop women from having abortions.
“We know the real agenda of organizations behind videos like this,” she said. “Their mission is to ban abortion completely and cut women off from care at Planned Parenthood and other health centers, and we will never let that happen.”
Nucatola, the Planned Parenthood director featured in the video, deactivated her Twitter account following release of the footage.
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood’s annual report, released in January of this year, outlined that the organization performed 327,653 abortions nationwide during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, up from 327,166 the year prior. The figures also show that there were 1,880 adoption referrals, down 14 percent from 2012, equating to 174 abortions for every adoption referral.
Watch the full, un-edited, nearly three hour video below, which the Center for Medical Progress released in addition to the eight-minute version to counteract arguments that the first video had been edited.