HOUSTON, Texas — The fifth investigative video into Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and sale of fetal organs released by the Center for Medical Progress shows a Texas director describing how abortion procedures can be “creatively” altered to pull the baby’s body out intact, depending on the demand.
The video, released on Tuesday, captures Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast discussing with undercover investigators the “diversification of the revenue stream” over dinner along with a visit to the organization’s pathology lab, where workers sort through the remains of aborted babies.
During one segment of the video, the investigators, who pose as potential buyers, ask if abortion procedures can be manipulated to remove certain organs intact—or even the entire baby.
“Just depending on the patient’s anatomy, how many weeks, where it’s placed in the uterus … we’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact and then some that will not be,” Farrell responds.
She explains that the organization is willing to “alter” the abortion to accommodate the demand.
“And we’ve had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this,” Farrell says. “So we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”
“If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this,” she explains. “I mean, it’s all just a matter of line items.”
Farrell further outlines that when abortionists need to get a whole body part out without crushing it, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
“When it matters—in the cases of when it’s mattered—physicians also need an intact specimen, they can make it happen. So they do it in a way that they get the best specimens,” she says. “So I know it can happen.”
Following the video’s release, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens remarked in a statement that the footage was “offensive,” but only because it is “intrusive” into what happens to women’s babies following their death.
“[T]he latest tape shows an extremely offensive intrusion and lack of respect for women, with footage of medical tissue in a lab. These extremists show a total lack of compassion and dignity for women’s most personal medical decisions,” she said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott likewise released a statement, but contended that the footage rather shows Planned Parenthood’s “disrespect for human life.” An investigation is currently being conducted regarding the organization’s practices.
“The latest video showing Planned Parenthood’s treatment of unborn children in a Houston clinic is repulsive and unconscionable,” Abbott said in a statement. “Selling baby body parts is the furthest thing imaginable from providing women’s healthcare, and this organization’s repeated and systematic disrespect for human life is appalling.”
“The State of Texas is aggressively investigating this matter and must use all available legal remedies to address this depraved conduct,” he said.