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CMP TexasIndependent 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:

  1. abortion informed consent as “unethical”,
  2. the “nightmare” of fetal remains disposal, and
  3. “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.

EHD portal WRTK (2)

Kansas requires that abortion clinics provide a link to state-provided info about fetal development on their website homepage.

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?]

Silent no more postersThe 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.

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A new video exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby body parts was released today by the Center for Medical Progress, featuring a former StemExpress tissue technician, Holly O’Donnell.

An excellent summary of O’Donnell’s revelations and a critique of the failure of the media to properly air this series of explosive undercover videos is here.  Some highlights:

  • tissue “technicians” were allowed access to Planned Parenthood patient records, even those of women who had not yet received results from pregnancy tests;
  • clinic counselors insensitively pressed for “research  consent” from crying and vomiting women;
  • “specimens” from aborted babies were sometimes taken without the mother’s consent.

In todays’ video, O’Donnell details her work inside the abortion clinic, from order forms coordination through her taking shipments to Fed Ex . We hear how she was revolted by the money-grubbing attitude of the staff of Planned Parenthood and her associates in the tissue collecting business. She also shares disgust at the assembly-line mentality of one particular abortionist who aborted “viciously fast,” and got upset when there weren’t enough patients to keep him busy.

O’Donnell’s first person admissions of how women are manipulated at Planned Parenthood certainly shows the hypocrisy of their new corporate slogan, “Care. No Matter What.”

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comp health PPGov. Brownback’s instruction Tuesday that abortion facility inspections by the medical board and health department include inquiries into organ harvesting was called “political grandstanding” by Laura McQuade, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri (PPKMM).

However, the media neglected to showcase that Kansas really has good reason to probe abortion businesses. PPKMM’s Overland Park abortion business, Comprehensive Health, did indeed have onsite abortion specimen procurement for years— involving at least two companies during the 1990s according to testimony.

Planned Parenthood hopes no one will remember that their procurement programs were a key reason Kansas passed a law in 2000 covering “harvesting” of bodily parts of unborn children.

McQuade told the media Tuesday, “Our affiliate does not have or participate in tissue donation programs.” If that is so, what is the harm in an official inquiry?

The public has a right to know, especially after the release of two shocking videos by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress (July 14 and July 21) that show secretly-recorded discussions of fetal harvesting by top-ranked physicians of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

Of note also, is that PPKMM is using the tamer, more amorphous term “tissue donation.” By contrast, Planned Parenthood physicians in those videos clearly discuss what abortion techniques insure they can retrieve specific entire organs and “intact” samples.

PPKMM CEO McQuade

PPKMM CEO McQuade

Though McQuade wants the public to dismiss these discoveries about PPFA, probing the unseemly side of procuring aborted-baby body parts is not new, and did not come from pro-lifers.

According to a March 8, 2000 episode of ABC News 20/20, a whistle-blower claimed two tissue-retrieval companies he worked for went so far as to, on some occasions, encourage him to take fetal tissue obtained from women who had not consented to donate their child’s remains for research.

WHAT HAPPENED IN KANSAS
More specifically, on that program, Miles Jones, owner of Opening Lines, said he was able to make $50,000 a week from the sale of fetal body parts. Jones’ company supposedly held a contract with PPKMM to dispose of the clinic’s fetal tissue, from which “donated tissue” was put up for sale at a profit during a 10-week period in 1998. (Read more here and here)

Opening Lines had a price list that advertised costs for various fetal body parts, such as: $999 for the brain of a fetal child between 22-23 weeks, $150 for skin, $325 for a spinal cord, $550 for reproductive organs, and $75 apiece for eyes, according to March 2000 accounts of ABC’s 20/20 and the Kansas City Star.

Even though an investigation eight years later by the US Attorney in Kansas concluded that Jones did not violate any federal laws, the harvesting was connected to the Kansas Planned Parenthood. Gov. Brownback thus has good reason to check up on baby body part trafficking, based not only on recent history at Planned Parenthood, but on current conditions.

OPPORTUNITY IN KANSAS?
Kansas should be alert to this fetal harvesting issue because all three in-state abortion businesses currently perform dismemberment abortions upon living unborn children who have not already been killed with a lethal injection by the abortionist. The new law banning such abortions on still-living unborn children is under injunction and being appealed.(see here)

637 such Kansas abortions were reported to the health department in 2014. We have absolutely no idea what became of those remains, but the opportunity potentially exists for aborted baby body parts trafficking in Kansas.

Dismemberment of unborn children while still alive is the abortion method that yields “useable” intact bodily organs and limbs and is clearly the method discussed in the full-length version of the July 14 video.

Pro-life researcher Theresa Dreisher, Ph.D., who spent more than 20 years in the commercial biomedical industry, commented on the current video revelations in a new National Catholic Register report (here).

“In order to get good heart tissue, it has to be processed within five minutes of death. I bet the gruesome fact is that many of those babies are alive when they are harvested.”

The “sale” of organs for transplantation, both adult and fetal, is illegal, but donation of tissue — both from aborted fetuses and from adults — is not. Payment for “reasonable” costs, including payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and storage is allowed under federal law, the pertinent provisos being 42 U.S. Code 274e and 42 U.S. Code 289g.

CMP director Daleiden

CMP director Daleiden

In that same NCR report,the Center for Medical Progress video project director, David Daleiden, said they have at least a dozen video exposes on this topic and plan to release one a week.

He explained, “Our investigators spent almost three years deeply imbedded with Planned Parenthood and their affiliates and we heard from their own mouths, over and over, again and again, that they make money off of selling the parts of aborted babies and have a profit motive in doing so.

“Turning aborted babies into a revenue stream is an inhuman exploitation of the not fully dead,” Daleiden continued. “They are saying that some unborn babies are more valuable dead than alive. It’s a terrible, barbaric place for a democratic society to go.”

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