The Washington Post appears to be struggling a bit to cover today's blockbuster story about the undercover video of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling organs from aborted fetuses. First, they changed the headline to something that's far more friendly to Planned Parenthood without noting the change.

Second, the story is substantively wrong. Here's what the Post wrote:

The Center for Medical Progress, which recorded and edited the video, says the footage proves that Planned Parenthood is breaking the law by selling fetal organs. But the video does not show Nucatola explicitly talking about selling organs. The Planned Parenthood official says the organization is “very, very sensitive” about being perceived as illegally profiting from organ sales and charges only for the cost, for instance, of shipping the tissue.

This passage is incorrect in multiple ways. The video does absolutely show Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical research Deborah Nucatola "explicitly talking about selling organs" and it's hard to fathom what hairsplitting is involved to say otherwise. You can read the transcript, but she specifically talks at length about about performing abortions in a certain way so as not to damage the valuable organs taken from the fetuses. She even says at one point, "a lot of people want intact hearts these days, they’re looking for specific nodes. AV nodes, yesterday I was like wow, I didn’t even know, good for them. Yesterday was the first time she said people wanted lungs. And then, like I said, always as many intact livers as possible."

The other way the Post has mishandled this story is the issue of profiting off of these sales. Saying the "the organization is 'very, very sensitive' about being perceived as illegally profiting from organ sales and charges only for the cost, for instance, of shipping the tissue" makes it sound like Planned Parenthood and their affiliates aren't profiting off of harvesting organs. Earlier today, the Center for Medical Progress -- the pro-life group that released the video -- also released a copy of a flyer from StemExpress, a major purchaser of Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal tissue. As the Center for Medical Progress notes, "This flyer advertises 4 different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from supplying fetal tissue, with the words: 'Financially Profitable,' 'Financial Profits,' 'financial benefit to your clinic,' 'fiscal growth of your own clinic.' The advertisement carries an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Dorothy Furgerson."

Finally, Nucatola herself says that the clinics hope to profit off of the sales, regardless of whether they are sensitive to appearing ghoulish for doing so. If you watch the video and/or read the transcript, here's what Nucatola says in context [emphasis added]:

PP:  Yeah,  you  know,  I  don’t  think  it’s  a  reservations  issue  so  much  as  a perception  issue,  because  I  think  every  provider  has  had  patients  who  want to  donate  their  tissue,  and  they  absolutely  want  to  accommodate  them. They  just  want  to  do  it  in  a  way  that  is  not  perceived  as,  ‘This  clinic  is selling  tissue,  this  clinic  is  making  money  off  of  this.’  I  know  in  the  Planned Parenthood  world  they’re  very  very  sensitive  to  that.  And  before  an  affiliate is  gonna  do  that,  they  need  to,  obviously,  they’re  not—some  might  do  it  for free—but  they  want  to  come  to  a  number  that  doesn’t  look  like  they’re making  money.  They  want  to  come  to  a  number  that  looks  like  it  is  a reasonable  number  for  the  effort  that  is  allotted  on  their  part.  I  think  with private  providers,  private  clinics,  they’ll  have  much  less  of  a  problem  with that.

And shortly after that, Nucatola says this:

PP: I  think  for  affiliates,  at  the  end  of  the  day,  they’re  a  non-profit,  they  just don’t  want  to—they  want  to  break  even.  And  if  they  can  do  a  little  better than  break  even,  and  do  so  in  a  way  that  seems  reasonable,  they’re  happy to do that. Really  their  bottom  line  is,  they  want  to  break  even.  Every  penny  they  save  is  a just  pennies  they  give  to  another  patient.  To  provide  a  service  the  patient wouldn’t get.

There can be no doubt, based on what Planned Parenthood's own represenative said, that there is indeed a profit motive for abortion clinics to harvest organs. The Washington Post needs to meaningfully correct its story to reflect what Planned Parenthood's representative said on camera. Right now the story reads as if it is in denial about basic fact. And it is revealing that all of the ways in which the story is being misreported benefit Planned Parenthood.