Independent citizen journalists at the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) have been releasing under-cover videos since July 15 that detail how abortionists dismember unborn children and harvest baby body parts for profit.
The most recent 9 min. video was officially released Tuesday, Oct. 27 and is available here. (unedited footage here) Taped in October 2014, it details brutal abortion methods used on pain-capable unborn children at 4-5 months gestation in Austin, Texas. (read more here)
Despite the near-refusal of the mainstream media to feature news about CMP’s historic detective work, the tapes have sparked Congressional hearings and state investigations of Planned Parenthood, as well as huge public protests and general community outrage. Fetal trafficking and the push to remove government funding of Planned Parenthood are now part of GOP presidential candidates’ stump speeches.
COURT-BLOCKED VIDEOS RELEASED
As CMP unveiled more damning evidence each week, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) obtained an injunction in August that prevented CMP from public release of footage taken at NAF conventions. Congress nevertheless subpoenaed the enjoined footage, and it was leaked to Gotnews.com. and published late Friday, Oct. 23. The court-blocked NAF footage, about 5 hours total, is available here.
The footage has no transcript, as CMP was under court order not to release it in any form, so some names of the participants are unclear. However, much can be gleaned from what is captured on film at NAF conventions in 2013 and 2014.
The subjects discussed at abortion trade conventions are, predictably, how to improve industry morale and re-frame current pro-life victories. The topics of the three workshops in the videos released Friday are:
- abortion informed consent as “unethical”,
- the “nightmare” of fetal remains disposal, and
- “self-care” for abortion suppliers.
The remainder of this post will cover Topic 1 with a follow up post covering the second and third topics.
ABORTION CONSENT & REGRET
In the video from the NAF 2013 convention, the presenter (her name was not available) preaches that abortion is generally a ‘no-remorse’ endeavor and slammed state-mandated information for pointing to the unborn child’s presence and the possibility that a rushed abortion decision process is flawed.
The speaker bemoaned that abortionists are “conscripted by the state to be their agents” when it comes to supplying pre-abortion informed consent data. She complained, “what is sometimes called women-protective legislation reverses 40 years of progress in bio-ethics toward respect for patients’ moral agency.”
Yet her statement is absurd! Full and free patient consent rests on evaluating all relevant information. But not to this presenter. She described laws requiring ultrasound viewing, abortion risk data, and waiting periods as a “Trojan Horse –and in the horse are paternalism, concerns for the fetus and disrespect for the woman as a moral agent.”
As proof, she says she read a sociologist’s interview of women “who reported emotional difficulty around their abortion” and “only one of the 18 reactions she documents fits the category of decisional regret.” But that’s only a convenient article that proves nothing.
For the NAF presenter, however, “abortion decisions” are moral acts that can never be “wrong.” She said, “all decisions are just best guesses.”
The audience was told that regret is very common and natural: “Every patient assumes some risk of physical or psychological harm when they ask a physician to alter their body.” She uses an example of regret about knee surgery. [Do I really need to say here that unborn children, unlike knees, are not parts of the woman’s body?]
The video shows the NAF workshop audience was asked how familiar they were with “those abortion regret signs” and there was loud affirmation. The signs referenced are from the Silent No More campaign, with the wording, ‘I regret my abortion’ and ‘I regret lost fatherhood.’
The workshop presenter said that regret was a general phenomenon and proceeded to equate unsatisfactory employment and unhappy marriages with post-abortion remorse. She claimed, “if I had a terrible divorce and regretted marriage, and my sister seemed to be making a similar marital choice based on similar reasons” it’s OK to warn her but “unreasonable to stand outside a church with a sign ‘I regret my marriage’…we have resources to help you stay single!”
The audience laughed loudly… too loudly…at that. Obviously, those “I regret abortion” signs are making a big impact; witnesses are warning that reality will eventually catch up to participants in abortion.
The presenter added a final claim of ‘victimhood’, stating that abortion consent regulations are a product not only of gender bias, but also of generational bias! After all, she pointed out, “legislators in their fifties, sixties and seventies have a hard time putting themselves back in the shoes of people in their twenties…[the ages] when 75% of abortions occur.”
The closing encouragement from the presenter was that although they are losing the legal argument against informed consent regulations they still hold the ethical high ground “because those regulations are unethical.” Now that is pure delusion.
This half-hour video showed how the abortion industry relies on inauthentic bio-ethics and fanatic feminism to justify every abortion and to vilify state-prepared relevant facts and community warnings of post-abortion regret.