WASHINGTON — The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has sued the group who recorded and released a series of undercover videos regarding the organization’s alleged harvesting and sale of the bodily organs of aborted babies.
As previously reported, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released nearly a dozen videos last year in its “Human Capital” series, after it had posed undercover as a fetal tissue procurement company to see what representatives of Planned Parenthood might say about its practices.
The first video featured Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola, who nonchalantly munches on salad and sips wine as she talks about adjusting the child so as not to crush certain organs due to the demand for the body part.
“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps,” she explains. “[Y]ou’re just kind of cognizant where you put your graspers. 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 second video showed Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors Council, haggling with undercover investigators about the compensation for the fetal organs, laughing, “I want a Lamborghini.” Other footage showed an actual aborted baby being dissected in a dish, with an assistant declaring, “Another boy!” and another video showed an abortionist laughing about how harvesting an intact baby head would be “something to strive for.”
Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician with StemExpress, which broke its ties with Planned Parenthood after the videos were released, explained in one video how she was asked to help harvest a brain for StemExpress. She provided gruesome details of how she cut up the baby’s face to get to the brain, all the while the child’s heart was beating.
But Planned Parenthood claims that the videos are false and were meant to “smear” the abortion giant.
“This case is about a network of anti-abortion extremists and the laws they broke in order to spread lies and harm Planned Parenthood,” Dawn Laguens, vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America told reporters. “This entire smear campaign is a fraud built on illegal acts and a web of lies.”
The organization is accusing CMP of violation of privacy, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract and trespassing, among other “crimes.”
While some state that the videos released by the group were heavily edited, CMP also posted the complete hours-long videos on YouTube for those who wanted to watch more than just the highlights of the discussions. CMP welcomed the suit in a statement on Thursday.
“Planned Parenthood is under investigation by the United States Congress and multiple law enforcement agencies, while their business is drying up and the public is turning against their barbaric abortion for baby parts trade. Now they are filing a frivolous lawsuit in retaliation for CMP’s First Amendment investigative journalism that has done nothing more than tell the truth about Planned Parenthood’s lawless operations,” it said.
“This last-ditch move of desperation is going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates to the light of the legal system and the public will see them for the corrupt abortion and baby body parts profiteers that they really are,” CMP added.