The Center for Medical Progress has released a second undercover video featuring a high-ranking official of Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives half a billion dollars a year in state and federal tax dollars, discussing what appears to be a crime.
The new video features Mary Gatter, medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California. Sitting across from a person she believes is trying to acquire fetal organs for a biotech company, she engages in a bit of cautious, subtle price-negotiation for late term babies' body-parts
When asked what price she would normally sell a particular body part for, Gatter initially demurs, saying the person who first names a price is at a disadvantage. The obvious implication is that she wants to get a good price and is not thinking of covering costs, which is what such payments to Planned Parenthood must technically be by law. Then, when pressed, Gatter suggests $75. As soon as the actor confronting her suggests $75 is too low, and that $100 would make Planned Parenthood happier, Gatter appears to concede the point. She certainly says nothing like, "No, we're not trying to make a profit, we're merely trying to cover our costs."
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The conversation ends with her holding out for a higher price. "Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it's fine," she says of an offer made to her on camera of $100 per specimen. "If it's still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini," she adds. That's a joke, of course, but a revealing one, demonstrating the coarsening and dehumanizing impact that industrial scale killing of the unborn has on people who have made it their way of life.
Gatter is quick to note that even if the payment is theoretically a reimbursement of costs, her organization collects money for these organs despite incurring no costs in obtaining them. In such deals in the past, she says, "It was logistically very easy for us. We didn't have to do anything."
Gatter adds that her affiliate of Planned Parenthood performs about 60 late-term abortions annually. This both confirms the fact that such late-term abortions are relatively rare, and also raises questions (or perhaps provides some answers) about why the abortion lobby has been so vociferous in its defense of late-term abortion anyway.
This video demonstrates that the first release, last week, was not a "hoax" or a staged or "selectively edited" attempt to embarrass the Planned Parenthood organization. Both videos, unedited, confirm the impression that Planned Parenthood's senior officials view federal law as a nuisance. They also reveal that their aborted fetuses end up in biotech labs, which some people might not have known.
Much like Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola in the first video, Gatter explains in this new installment that it is a simple matter to perform late-term abortions differently — she describes one method as "less crunchy" — for the purpose of preserving the desired fetal organs. This would violate the federal law on such donations, which for patient safety reasons forbids any such variation in the procedure for that purpose. Gatter explicitly states she is aware that it also violates the terms under which abortive mothers agree to donate fetal tissue. ("We're kind of violating that protocol," she observes, but she adds that she has few qualms about this.)
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Planned Parenthood's response to these videos so far has been to claim persecution and attack the messenger, without offering any convincing response to the legal allegations. But now they have also indicated that they anticipate more, and have also put out word that there might be "racially charged" allegations against them in future videos.
Perhaps one of their senior officials or board members now recalls having an embarrassingly candid back-room discussion with a friendly stranger about culling certain populations. It would come as no surprise, given that part of the vision of Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, was "a cleaner race" made possible by the mandatory "segregation or sterilization" of "dysgenic groups."
Either way, there are hundreds of other organizations that have no such problematic history and do not negotiate prices (or "costs") for small human livers, yet perform all of the non-controversial women's health services of the type that camouflage Planned Parenthood's principal business. If federal and state governments want to subsidize such services, there is no shortage of other places to put their money.