Perhaps nothing demonstrates the power of three recent videos about Planned Parenthood better than the fact that Hillary Clinton responded by throwing the abortion industry's leading practitioner under a figurative bus.
In a one-on-one interview in New Hampshire, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination said: "I have seen pictures from them and I obviously find them disturbing. Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions."
Clinton's decision to abandon the Democrats' favorite nonprofit group in its time of need was doubtless a cynical political calculation, but it is telling. She even went so far as to hint that a "congressional inquiry" might be warranted. This puts her at a far remove from Planned Parenthood's contemptible assertions that talk of an inquiry is crazy stuff from the fevered dreams of anti-abortion extremists.
If the videos can even briefly alienate Hillary Clinton from the country's biggest abortion provider, just think how they might influence a public that already rejects the Left's abortion-rights absolutism.
The first two videos feature high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials discussing how their franchises obtain and receive money for fetal body parts from late-term abortions. They hint strongly that Planned Parenthood officials are selling aborted babies' body parts for a profit, and engaging in other practices proscribed by federal laws designed to protect patients.
The third video is yet more gruesome. In it, a former technician for a biotech company describes her responsibility (which was not explained to her when she first took the job) of procuring aborted babies' body parts from Planned Parenthood affiliates. Her narration is accompanied by hidden-camera footage of an organ-buyer – actually an actor – negotiating piecemeal prices for body parts that he and Planned Parenthood doctors and technicians are handling with tweezers in a large Petri dish.
Another segment shows Planned Parenthood's medical director for the Pacific Southwest explain that a company called Advanced Bioscience Resources has been purchasing its "fetal cadaverous specimens" (as they are called on the fee schedule) for the last ten years. The company's pricing menu appears on camera, showing that ABR currently buys the cadavers of babies aborted between 8 and 24 weeks for $340 to $550 per specimen, plus extra for "special processing," "preservation," and overseas shipping.
This very strongly suggests that there's a lot more going on here than the mere reimbursement of Planned Parenthood's costs to preserve and ship specimens. Cost reimbursement is the only consideration permitted under federal law, which bans the sale of aborted fetal tissue.
Moreover, according to state legislative testimony Wednesday in Texas by Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the cost of shipping specimens is usually less than $10 — sometimes zero, because biotech companies sometimes actually come pick up the tissue themselves.
The worst thing about this third video, from Planned Parenthood's point of view, is in its subtitle: "Episode One." Apparently, the first two installments were just a prelude to a long series full of gruesome revelations.
The videos are appalling, and Congress and the public need to see them. Lawmakers must spare taxpayers from having to fund this grotesque business. There is only one problem with Republicans' proposal to give every cent of the federal monies now going to Planned Parenthood to other organizations and clinics that provide women's healthcare less controversially — namely, that it doesn't already enjoy broad bipartisan support.