I’m posting the full version of the Planned Parenthood hit job produced by David Daleiden and his “Center for Medical Progress” (an Orwellian name if there ever was one), along with a link to the complete transcript, because it leaves absolutely no doubt that the edited version most people are seeing is deliberately deceptive. The edited video leaves out some very important information — and even the unedited version carries a completely false title: “Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts.”
No, they do not.
For example, here’s a section from the transcript in which the undercover right wing operative sleazily tries to get Planned Parenthood medical director Dr. Deborah Nucatola to discuss selling organs and body parts for profit — and she makes it very, very clear that this is not something Planned Parenthood ever does. This was left out of the edited video, obviously deliberately, because it destroys the impression they’re working so hard to convey, that Planned Parenthood is profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.
Buyer: If, we can offer to an affiliate that we’re going to take care of everything, the consenting, the collection, we don’t even need an extra room, we just need three feet of space in the path lab, in the back with a dish so we can do that.
PP: Uh huh. Which we already have set up, you just have to-
Buyer: Right. Is that- are there affiliates, who would just donate the tissue for
PP: Probably. I mean really, the guidance is, this is not something you should be making an exorbitant amount of money on.
Buyer: Is that the PPFA guidance or?
PP: Yes. Our goal, like I said, is to give patients the option without impacting our bottom line. The messaging is this should not be seen as a new revenue stream, because that’s not what it is.
Buyer: That seems like it would be, and correct me if I’m wrong. Seems like it would be such an easy thing to not show a profit. No matter how much we compensate, it—
PP: Yeah. Well, but at the end of the day, you still need to have the paperwork to back it up because, we are under a microscope.
Buyer: But your cost, your loss in some areas must be so much that that can be shown to, I don’t know-
PP: I understand. If you were to look at it in the big picture, yes. But nobody looks at it in the big picture, they look with the little blinders on.
Buyer: Ok. I’m just trying to brainstorm. Because, I think offering some people, not only, just offsetting their cost in other areas, seeing the potential for that, besides the potential, for the patient, I’m still going down that road, even though I know, I understand what you’re saying. This cannot be seen as, “We’re doing this for profit.”
PP: No. Nothing, no affiliate should be doing anything that’s not like, reasonable and customary. This is not- nobody should be “selling” tissue. That’s just not the goal here.
Notice how the undercover operatives label themselves as “Buyer” — even though they’re not “buying” anything and Dr. Nucatola made that very clear to them. Again, Planned Parenthood and other clinics do not profit from the sale of fetal tissues; these specimens are donated by the women who undergo procedures, like any other tissue might be donated from any other medical procedure. Any fees involved are only intended to cover costs of handling, shipping, storage, etc. Nobody profits from these donations.
Another section was left out of the edited video because it destroys the image of Dr. Nucatola as a soulless monster, and makes it clear she’s a compassionate, caring physician who was motivated to help women in a time of great need and distress. Dr. Nucatola talks about a patient she saw when she was an OB/GYN resident, who was transferred to her after suffering complications:
I will tell you the date, I was on-call, it was my last day, I was on call, when you’re a resident in obstetrics and gynecology you spend a dedicated amount of time in obstetrics and a dedicated amount of time in gynecology. In your senior year, it’s four months of each. So, February 28th 1998 was my last day of GYN ever as a resident and then I would be done. July I would graduate and then I would be an OB/GYN. And on that day, there was patient that was transferred to me, from an outside clinic, who had had a D&E, dilation and evacuation, late second trimester abortion, she was bleeding. That patient was transferred to me and she got to the hospital and I met her in the emergency room and I saw her and she was as white as this napkin, and I still remember her name, I remember everything about her, and she looked up at me, and she said, “Don’t let me die.” And she actually bled to death. We did a hysterectomy in about twelve minutes and she died. It was very distressing and very upsetting. I probably had a very different reaction than most people would, which was well I do D&Es all the time, and I don’t ever have complications. And I think I’m pretty good at them, I need to keep making sure that there are lots of people doing these D&Es safely so there’s not another patient like this.
There you have it — the reason why we can’t let these dishonest right wing hatchet men succeed in destroying Planned Parenthood. If their agenda succeeds, there will be many more women who die from complications after illegal abortions. Making abortion illegal won’t stop abortions, it will just drive them underground and bring back the bad old days.
But of course, that’s exactly what these right wing goons are after — bringing back the bad old days.