Fox News' Megyn Kelly reacted with shock and anger Wednesday evening as she discussed the controversy this week surrounding a Planned Parenthood executive who was caught on tape discussing the group's practice of salvaging organs from aborted children.
Planned Parenthood's Deborah Nucatola, who has served as the organization's senior director of medical services since 2009, can been seen in the video calmly discussing over a business lunch the process by which the group's affiliates procure salvaged body parts.
Though the Fox anchor appeared visibly upset at the outset of the segment, it was guest contributor Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman's referring to the video as fraudulent "right-wing pornography" that really set her off. Zimmerman maintained throughout the heated discussion that footage is nothing but a scam meant to embarrass Planned Parenthood.
"I'm not even making it about a pro-life, pro-choice thing," Kelly responded. "I'm talking about the absence of any humanity on her part as she performs these abortions, for the solemnity of the moment and the respect for the potential of human life, regardless of your position on abortion!"
"Where's your humanity on this, Robert?" Kelly asked. "[Nucatola] is guzzling down wine and stuffing her face full of salad while she talks about the end of a potential life. I'm not saying that this is a testament against abortion altogether. I'm saying there ought to be some humanity and respect for the dignity of the potential life."
In response to Zimmerman's repeated claim that the video is a fake, the Fox anchor noted that no one forced Nucatola to talk about "crushing fetal organs."
The video released Tuesday doesn't prove that Planned Parenthood has been salvaging baby organs for profit, or without the consent of the mothers, but it has nevertheless caused an uproar with lawmakers. The U.S. House of Representatives and at least two states have reacted to the video by launching investigations into the group's activities.
Planned Parenthood, for its part, maintained Thursday that it does not profit from delivering salvaged organs to outside groups.
"The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true," Planned Parenthood President Cecille Richards said in a video response. "Our donation programs — like any other high-quality healthcare providers — follow all laws and ethical guidelines."
Richards also claimed the Center for Medical Progress used deceptive editing to cast Planned Parenthood in a bad light.
The full, unedited version of the pro-life group's three-hour video, which has been available online since Tuesday morning, does nothing to soften Nucatola's remarks or tone.
Planned Parenthood has not clarified what Nucatola meant when she told the two undercover actors, "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."
"As a lawyer, I will tell you, I think this is very legally problematic," Kelly said of the video. "But I'm intentionally not making it about that."
"Normally, we don't go to the darkest place on this show," Kelly said at the conclusion of the heated segment Wednesday evening. "But that video needed to be discussed."